Question Similar to Google Search Sidebar / Side Panel - but different - Not even sure what to call this thing ?

Dylan Beckett

Jul 12, 2021

I want to find out how to disable this feature - but I don't even know what it would be called ?

It is similar, but different - to the notoriously annoying Google Search Sidebar / Side Panel (which I'd also like advice on expunging from my Chrome forever).

Here's a screenshot with highlighted sections...

Regarding the image in the link...

This was a straight web search (not Image search)....

If I try to click on one of those image thumbnails, it pops up like this (Green Circle) - as you can see with me trying to click on the image of Jason Momoa.

However, there is also a completely blank rectangle on the side (Red Rectangle) where the Google Search Sidebar / Side Panel was - until I disabled it using flags.

I used the new way to disable it where they changed the name to Side Panel instead of Sidebar.

The Google Search Sidebar hasn't seemed to re-appear for normal searches - so far...

But, now I think it is leaving this full screen length blank box as a result when trying to view this Image from the thumbnail? Clearly not what I had intended?

This is what I did with the flags....

I edited them at this address... copy and open in a new tab...

I disabled these two entries:

Search web in side panel
Displays right-click search results of a highlighted text in side panel – Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS, Fuchsia, Lacros



Side search
Enables an easily accessible way to access your most recent Google search results page embedded in a browser side panel – Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS, Fuchsia, Lacros



Please check that any solutions you offer are current - as they keep changing things...

I don't want to have to manually click the hide/open button each time the Google Search Sidebar / Side Panel appears - I want it dead forever

So how do I get rid of both of these annoyances - permanently ?

Thank you for your help


So, gave it a look on my latest, up-to-the-date Chrome (i'm Firefox user myself and have 0 issues with my FF, since it's so customizable).
In any event;

1. Side bar.
Top-right corner, there is button that looks like rectangular box, with right side of it darkened and left side of it white. <- That button enables/disables side panel.

I have side panel disabled and it doesn't show up on any of the pages i tested on.
If you enable it, it shows up on every single page you browse to.

2. Empty space next to search results.
This is to do with the screen width within Google search itself. If you look your 2nd image closely, you'll also see full screen height empty space at the left side of your screen. Albeit it isn't as wide as the one on the right side.

Also, in my Firefox, i have the same empty space at the left and right sides. So, this is nothing to do with web browser, but instead the webpage itself.