Google changes search results layout

Google has changed the layout of its search engine results pages (serps) to a format which is much closer to those they have been using on tablet and smartphone devices.

Google has changed the layout of its search engine results pages (serps) to a format which is much closer to those they have been using on tablet and smartphone devices. The official Google blog post indicates the thinking behind the change:

'....we've been working on ways to create a consistent search experience across the wide variety of devices and screen sizes. With the new design, there's a bit more breathing room……whether from web results or from a feature like the Knowledge Graph.'

As can be seen, what has essentially happened is that the left hand navigation menus have moved to the top bar above the search results.

Old results layout - left hand navigation

Old results layout - left hand navigation

New results layout - navigation moved above search results

New results layout - navigation moved above search results