How You Can Bring the 'View Image' Button Back to Google Images

By Tom Pritchard on at

Last week news broke that Google had brokered a deal with Getty Images, which saw the 'View Image' button removed from Google's image results - the end to a long-running spat argument between the two companies over images being made readily available in search results. It is possible to bring that button back, however, and all you need to do is install a browser extension.

First spotted by The Next Web, View Image is a browsers extension that brings the 'View Image' button and 'Search by Image' function back to Google Images results. That means you can save yourself about half a second to access an image. It's currently available for Firefox and Chrome, with the raw code available to for your perusal on GitHub.

There are other ways around the button-ban if you don't want to clog up your browser with more extensions. For example, right clicking an image and hitting 'open image in a new tab' does the exact same thing as the button, albeit with a couple of extra steps. There's also no need for you to even use Google. DuckDuckGo doesn't track what you search for, and still has a 'View File' button on image results. Similarly TNW points out you can use StartPage, s third-party search image powered by Google search. Worst come to the worst, you can always use Bing or Ask.

All of which ignored the fact you can always save the image directly from the results page. It's not always ideal, seeing as how the image is sometimes protected or may not be available in full resolution, but it's another option for you to use. [The Next Web]


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