Just two months ago, Google Lens replaced the traditional “reverse image search” feature in the Chrome desktop browser. And it already benefits from an interesting update! Instead of opening in a new tab, Google Lens now has a dedicated sidebar in Chrome.
Google Lens is a multifunctional tool that can translate text, identify objects in images, show you product links for objects, and much more. Now that Lens opens in a Chrome sidebar, you can use it without leaving a webpage (or cluttering Chrome with extra tabs). Simply right-click on an image or text selection and click “Find an image with Google Lens”.
Google Lens is designed to be able to identify everything from buildings and animals to clothes, plants and artwork. It offers a more visual way to find the information you are looking for online. This feature is very promising, but it often feels like a fun novelty that Google struggles to turn into a useful tool. Hopefully Google, by making it more accessible on the desktop, will allow its potential to emerge.
The only downside to this sidebar, in my opinion, is that it can look a bit cramped on smaller screens. But hitting the ‘open in new tab’ button in the Lens sidebar sends it into a tab, so maybe that’s not a real issue. (The “open in new tab” button is the little box with the arrow).
The new Google Lens sidebar should already work in your Chrome browser. If not, you may need to perform a quick update.