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5 Ways to Disable Google's New Search UI Style

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 42 comments

Don't like change? Where there's a will, there's a way.

Google recently changed the layout of its search page, adding a side panel with all of the different search options to the left hand side of results. While Google obviously likes the new layout and assumed everyone else would too, not everyone is digging this side panel. The search giant has already said it won't be offering a way for users to change back to the old, classic Google. That said, if you're dying to get your clean and clutter-free search results back, it is possible.

The first and easiest way, is to change your homepage to this:

 http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=all&tab=iw

This will bring you back to the Google you were used to seeing until last week came along and everything was ruined.

(via The Next Web)

This second way involves installing a greasemonkey script (located here). It's obviously not as easy as just bookmarking the link above but no one knows how permanent that solution is so if the quick and dirty way stops working, greasemonkey's got your back.

(Via LifeHacker)

There's another Greasemonkey script that will do the same job, it's called Google Classic. Again, not as easy as the first solution but it's probably more permanent.

If you're using Chrome, you can try installing the Hide Google Options add-on. There's also a similar add-on for Firefox users who don't want to go the Greasemonkey route and it can be found here.

(Via WebTrickz)

If you don't like any of the options listed above, you can take the lazy and annoying approach and join or create a group on Facebook. It's not a solution, but you'll get to have a good aul' moan and really, it's Monday, so whinging is mandatory. Just don't invite all your friends. You might feel like you're working toward a solution by doing that but I promise you, people will find it annoying.

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    kalogagatya , May 10, 2010 6:29 PM
    I think everyone thanks you for the great news, Jane!
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    kalogagatya , May 10, 2010 6:29 PM
    I think everyone thanks you for the great news, Jane!
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    gekko668 , May 10, 2010 6:35 PM
    Thx for the info. I do find the new Google layout very, very annoying.
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    fooldog01 , May 10, 2010 6:41 PM
    I guess I am int he minority but I tend to embrace these kinds of changes. Even *GASP* a Facebook layout change...
  • 5 Hide
    digiex , May 10, 2010 6:43 PM
    change or no change, I still like Google.
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    Snipergod87 , May 10, 2010 6:58 PM
    Thanks i knew there would be a solution for this. I did it before when google rolled out the new iGoogle, i wish I could make this change for my IE8 google search provider does anybody know how?
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    Ragnar-Kon , May 10, 2010 7:13 PM
    Oh wow, I didn't even notice the new sidebar until this article just mentioned it. Apparently I am fail.

    But, I guess it doesn't bother me.
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    JMcEntegart , May 10, 2010 7:19 PM
    kalogagatyaI think everyone thanks you for the great news, Jane!


    Here to serve! :) 
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    cruiseoveride , May 10, 2010 7:27 PM
    The new google is horrible.
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    insider3 , May 10, 2010 7:31 PM
    Haha.. The new layout does suck. Google should switch back. Why do companies always take something that's already the best thing and think that they have to improve it? Never found any flaws with the plane style.
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    insider3 , May 10, 2010 7:32 PM
    insider3Haha.. The new layout does suck. Google should switch back. Why do companies always take something that's already the best thing and think that they have to improve it? Never found any flaws with the plane style.


    *plain style*
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    N.Broekhuijsen , May 10, 2010 7:34 PM
    insider3Haha.. The new layout does suck. Google should switch back. Why do companies always take something that's already the best thing and think that they have to improve it? Never found any flaws with the plane style.

    Yahoo said Google had to diversify more... I guess this is Google's response :p 
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    Shadowolf , May 10, 2010 7:34 PM
    I have been using the Google (Complete) site http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en
    it seems unaffected.
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    Belkain , May 10, 2010 7:35 PM
    Thx for the info. Hide google options works like a charm.
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    Dirtman73 , May 10, 2010 8:08 PM
    Google annoying? Nah, can't be. This must be a first in world history.
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    kelemvor4 , May 10, 2010 8:10 PM
    You can get rid of all the crap they have on the page with adblock+ either using the element hiding helper or with these adblock+ rules:

    google.com##DIV#leftnav
    google.com##DIV#guser
    google.com##DIV#gbar
    google.com##A#logo
    google.com##P#bfl
    google.com##DIV#fll

    Here's how it looks:
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    edilee , May 10, 2010 9:12 PM
    Um...I was unaware that Google had changed there page and just went there to check it out...same page it has been...no side bars on anything else mentioned in this article. It actually is almost nothing but the search box like it has been for quite some time so what is this article talking about?

    Edit: I clicked the link at the beginning of the article and the page they are showing there is not what I see at www.google.com and like I said it is the same page it has always been.
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    JohnnyLucky , May 10, 2010 9:21 PM
    I kind of like the extra stuff out of the way.
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    kelfen , May 10, 2010 9:24 PM
    there is an elegance to simplicity
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    Anonymous , May 10, 2010 9:50 PM
    I switched to Bing right after google changed and I like it better so far
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    gm0n3y , May 10, 2010 10:08 PM
    There are people that don't like the new sidebar? Its been around for a while for their other searches (video, books, etc) and I always wondered why (and was annoyed that) they didn't have it for regular search. I often want to filter by date ranges.

    I don't know why people call it iGoogle, does Apple have something similar? To me, it reminds me of how NewEgg's site has been for the last 4 years or so.
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