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Google’s new feature makes your search history more accessible and useful

google activity cards in search

For those of you who are hoping to retrace your steps or discover new or related ideas to your previous “search” topics, Google is launching ‘activity cards’.

These activity cards will help you “pick up from where you left,” says Google. If you’re logged into your Google account, these cards will let you access the past search history on a specific topic right in the results. In simple words, your previous related searches will be available on top of the results page to “continue your exploration,” Google says.

“You’ll find links to pages you’ve visited in the past along with searches you’ve done. From there, you can easily click back to that recipe that you tried and loved, or re-issue a search to discover new facets of that topic,” Google wrote in a blog post announcing the new feature.

You can also mark a page to read or reference later by touching and holding the link to create an activity card shortcut. These activity card collections can then be accessed via the menu on the top left of the Search page (on mobile web), or through the bottom bar of the Google app. You can also control what appears in your activity card or you can even turn off the feature entirely by tapping the 3-dot icon.

Activity cards are available on the mobile web and the Google app in English in the U.S. The company, however, is yet to confirm on an international rollout of the new feature.

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