Google this week removed underlines from its search results page, removing an element of its designed that had lingered since the '90s. (Google / March 13, 2014)

Google introduced a change to its search engine this week that removes one of the design elements it still carried from the '90s: underlined hyperlinks.

To give Google Search a cleaner look, the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant has increased the font size of result titles, evened out line heights, and most importantly, removed the underlines.

"This improves readability and creates an overall cleaner look," said Jon Wiley, lead designer for Google Search, in a Google+ post.

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The new look was introduced as a way to make the Web version of Google Search resemble the underline-free look introduced last year in mobile versions of the service.

User opinion on the design change is split. Some like no underlines, saying it gives a cleaner look to search results, while others already miss the retro look.

Here are a few users who don't like the change:

And here are a few users who welcome the change:

What do you think? Are you a fan of the underlines or are you glad they're gone?


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