Results layout and design

Custom Search offers a selection of layouts for your search results. You can change your results layout at any time. You can also customize the the style of your search results and promotions.


  1. On the Control Panel, on the left-hand menu, click Look and feel.
  2. In the Choose a layout and Customize a style sections, click the options you want.
  3. To customize your selected style, click Customize. To automatically show thumbnail images in your search results, select Show automatic thumbnails.
  4. Click Save and Get Code.

When you change the layout of your search engine, you must update your code snippet in order for your changes to appear on your site. Click Save and Get Code, then copy the code and paste it into your site, replacing the existing code snippet.

By default, Google will display ads at the top of your results and on the right-hand side. You can choose not to display ads at the top of your results. (Note that if you've linked your search engine to your AdSense account, disabling top ads may result in decreased revenue from ads on your site.)