Google LLC’s recent decision to do away with the “View Image” feature on its search engine has come up as a surprise for many users. Consequently, it has met with disappointment and anguish by the users.
Prior to the decision, users were able to get to an image without the requirement to visit the source website. But post the implementation of the decision, the only way a user will be able to do so is by visiting the source website after clicking the “visit” button.
Though the move has apparently sowed the seeds of discontent among users, there are viable alternatives to the feature. Users to whom the feature was the lifeline for their business, especially those who are associated with photography or responsive web design and development, have already started looking for the available alternatives to it. These alternatives are discussed below.
DuckDuckGo, a popular rival of Google, offers the feature to download images from the search engine results without hassle. Unlike Google, which had the “View Image” feature, DuckDuckGo provides a” View file” feature to its users for viewing and downloading images.
To the delight of the fans of Google’s feature to view or download images, there are extensions by virtue of which they can get the feature back on their browsers. They can be enabled on Google Chrome and Firefox browsers after downloading them from the Chrome Web Store and from the website for Firefox Add-ons.
Once installed, you will find the “View Image” option at the same place, where it could be seen previously, while running a search for images on Google thereafter. In addition, the extension also enables the button for “search by image” feature which Google had withdrawn a few years ago.
In case you do not wish to add extensions, there is still a way out – you could make use of the anonymous search engine of Startpage, powered by Google. With this tool, all you need to do is click the “View Image” option to view or download images in full resolution.
By using one out of the three alternatives as stated above, not only general users but also professionals, who use images for responsive web design and development, will be able to emulate the popular “View Image” feature despite its unavailability in future. If you happen to be one of them, select one that better suits your requirements.