Recently, a forum went into maintainance mode so it's not readable. However, the search results display a lot of topics that I would like to see. So if those search results memorized the forum's text, how can I get to see that text in the form in which it was found?

I've heard that there was a "Read from Cache" button (or something like that), but now it doesn't exist anymore.

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You could try to see if the page you want to see is in the Google cached pages.

In order to do that, you perform your search on Google in the usual way and, when you get a list of results, you'll see that for each result, next to the web address text, there's a small arrow: if you click on that, it opens a small menu which contains Cached, a cashed link.

What's a cached link?

Cached links show you what a webpage looked like the last time Google visited it.

Google takes a snapshot of each webpage as a backup in case the current page isn't available. These pages then become part of Google’s cache. If you click on a link that says “Cached,” you’ll see the version of the site that Google stored.

Cached link example

  • Thanks. I figured that out right after asking the question. I just didn't know that the option was under the arrow.
    – Foxcat385
    Aug 1, 2015 at 18:24

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