Hide Google Options for Tidy Search Results
You might have noticed a change in the past couple of weeks, an evil alteration to an old familiar friend. Google has been playing with their user interface again and this time, it seems to be rolling out to a wider audience than before. Search Engine Land reported extensively on the Google Options sidebar test and Virginia, Bruce and I discussed the impact of the new UI on a recent episode of SEM Synergy.
By discussed, of course, I mean that I complained. I don’t like change and I don’t like excessive clutter on page when I’m used to things being tidy. I’m not the only one. Google’s Support Forums are full of threads asking how to put things back the way they were.
Luckily for me, I work with smart people who are willing to do anything to make me shut up and so our programmers got to work and in short order had bashed together a Hide Google Options plugin for both Chrome and Firefox (sorry, IE users, but now’s a great time to upgrade your browser).
I think it’s a pretty slick little gizmo. Once you install it, the plugin adds a small red g to your browser window (shown here in Firefox). It’s on by default but a simple click of the icon turns it off and you can access the options if you want to.
And that’s it. You can now be free of Google’s annoying little experiment without constantly resetting your cookies.
Ain’t life grand?