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February 16, 2010

Show the Number of Search Results in Google Mobile Search

For some reason, Google decided that the mobile search interface should no longer display the number of search results. Even if the number of results is only an estimation, I sometimes find it useful. For example, if Google returns a small number of results, it's a good idea to try another query.

Google's mobile interface optimized for smartphones includes a "more" option at the bottom of the page. Click on "more", select "search within results" and you'll see a new page that shows the number of search results.

If you don't want to open a new page to see the number of results, check the URL of the "search within results" page. The last parameter (swrnum) shows the number of results.

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