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Google Can Show You If You’ve Clicked a Search Result Before

Ben Stegner 17-03-2016

Most people use Google multiple times a day; likely a few of those searches are looking for some kind of help or solution to a problem. When jumping through search results you can identify links that you’ve already visited by their purple color, but sometimes you want to know exactly when you clicked the link so you can remember what you were doing at that time.


If you have this problem a lot, the Chrome extension Google When? is for you. By installing it, you’ll see a small button next to any Google results that you’ve clicked on, letting you know about how long ago you visited that page. By mousing over it, you’ll see an exact timestamp.

Thus, if you’re searching madly for help with a programming question 10 Websites That Can Help The Beginner Programmer With Sample Code Snippets Read More , looking for solutions when Windows update keeps failing When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It Did a Windows Update crash your system? Here's a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state. Read More , or any number of other problems (especially recurring ones), you’ll know when you tried a page.

If you’re searching to fix a problem that’s popping up after you fixed it last week, for example, it will help to know if you just visited a page ten minutes ago (and you left because it didn’t help), or if you visited the page last week when you had the same problem (and it fixed your issue then).

Because the extension reads from your browser history, it will work retroactively for as long as your history goes back. To start anew, just clear your history.


As a bonus, this extension also works on reddit, so if you click a link and later see that someone reposted it, you’ll know how much time passed between the original and the repost. Frequent reddit users should appreciate this way of keeping track of where they’ve visited.

Depending on your needs, Google When? could join the list of essential Chrome extensions 15 Essential Chrome Extensions For Google Drive You've probably got a bunch of files on Google Drive -- and you're going to love these extensions and apps to make better use of your Drive space and the files you keep there. Read More .

Do you like having a log of when you clicked Google and reddit results? Let us know if you’ll try this extension below!

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  1. Johng
    March 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Chrome tells me when I last visited a result. It says right below it, you visited this page on x/x/x.

    • Ben Stegner
      March 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      You're right - Google does do this without any extensions. This extension increases its functionality and makes it more consistent; I've noticed several times before that Google doesn't always show the timestamp.