9 Greasemonkey Scripts For More Productive Google Search

google productivity greasemonkey   9 Greasemonkey Scripts For More Productive Google SearchI remember the first thing people loved about Google search was its simplistic interface. Since then, Google have been tweaking their design many times, but it still remained rather simple (and almost clutter-free).

However you can’t please everyone and Google search results pages can hardly be customized to fit everyone’s needs and tastes.

Luckily, with help of the following Greasemonkey scripts, you can try to adjust Google’s interface to your own preferences (Note: I don’t recommend installing them all, just pick the ones that seem to be most useful for you).

1. SearchJump: Switch To Other Search Engines

SearchJump is a Greasemonkey script that adds a a search sidebar to redirect to the same search in other engines.

Enhances productivity: faster switching between search engines (between: Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask, etc)

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A similar one: Try This Search On

2. Google Anonymizer: No Link Redirects

Google Anonymizer (or a similar Greasemonkey script: Disable Google Search Result Redirect) removes tracking from a Google results page.

Enhances productivity: faster copy destination URLs right from the Google search results page:

Before:

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After:

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3. Google Speed Dial: Keyboard Shortcuts

Google Speed Dial: allows you to navigate Google search results using keyboard shortcuts.

Enhances productivity: press 1 on the keyboard to go to the first result, press 2 to go the 2nd etc…Use 0 to go to the 10th (works only for top 10 results).

4. Shortcuts To Navigate Results Pages

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Search: allows to navigate Google search results pages using keyboard shortcuts.

Enhances productivity: faster navigate results pages and faster edit the search query:

  • n ““ Go to the next page
  • p ““ Go to the previous page
  • e ““ Select the query to edit it
  • a ““ To add something to the search query

5. No Clutter From Ads

Push Google Search Ads Right

Enhances productivity: don’t get distracted by Google advertisements that appear above the search results: less scrolling as well.

Before:

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After:

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OR: just remove Google sponsored links all over.

6. Google Results In Two Columns

Google Two Columns is a Greasmonkey script that shows the search results in two columns

Enhances productivity: more information available at a glance which means less scrolling:

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7. Google Bump: Multi-Search

Google Bump: multi-search and inline player (customized)

Enhances productivity:

  • Search multiple search engines and multiple terms with one click (all search results will open in new tabs);
  • Image and video search results on the same page with general search (together with in-line image and video previews);

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8. Google MonkeyR: previews and favicons

GoogleMonkeyR: Page previews and favicons

Enhance productivity: faster recognize familiar pages from within Google search results.

Additional options (all can be customized):

  • Turn-off Google tracking;
  • Show results in multiple columns;
  • Remove “sponsored” links;
  • Open links in new tabs;
  • Auto-load more results;
  • Numbered results:

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9. Google Search Sidebar: More Information At A Glance

Google Search Sidebar: adds a sidebar with search results from Dictionary.com, Wikipedia, Flickr, and Youtube.

Enhances productivity: more information is available at a glance, less time searching the web and doing research.

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Now your turn: do you use any other Greasemonkey script to increase your Google searching productivity?

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Igor Ramos Tiburcio

I’m using this one:
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/59333

Random color for each search result, shortcut (like vim), multi columns, wikipedia/twitter/flickr sidebar, custom css suport and more… Google++ is my productivity helper.

Ann Smarty

I tried that one, but somehow didn’t stick to me.

Maybe multi-color search results are just too much for me :)

Bacon

Installed #9 and it reduced my page width. There’s lot of white space on the right side beside the side bar. Is there any way that I can utilize the full page width?

Ann Smarty

Yes, after today’s update to 3.6 I also see the bug, I don’t think it was there before that.

Actual search results are not affected with me, so it really doesn’t take more space than without the script.

Igor Ramos Tiburcio

I’m using this one:
http://userscripts.org/scripts

Random color for each search result, shortcut (like vim), multi columns, wikipedia/twitter/flickr sidebar, custom css suport and more… Google++ is my productivity helper.

Enj0i

@9 It is not a grease monkey script and does not include as many sources however for over a year now i have used the googlepedia addon in firefox that adds a wikipedia frame like that script does, the spacing is proper and I claim that add-on to be one reason i have not switched to chrome because of how useful it really is in cutting my search times down. Like i said though it does not include flickr and youtube and the like, however if you would like a well formatted version for wikipedia i suggest it.

Enj0i

sorry that comment was aimed at Bacon’s issue

OK

Shahab khan

A must read for regular Googlers. BTW I don’t have much problems with Advertisements so i can omit the script number 5 but still the rest of the scripts are really worth trying.

JK III

By default, no.9 does not work with country specific domains, but that can be easily fixed. Also, when running on 800×600 resolution, the formatting is all messed up and the sidebar is shown at the bottom of the page. I like the idea of having Wikipedia in the sidebar, and there is an addon called Googlepedia that does just that. (It also has the same problem as mentioned below.)

I tried no.1, no.7 and no.9. All them worked when I searched through Firefox’s searchbar, but when I went directly to google.com and typed my seacrh query on that page, these scripts didn’t work and no sidebar or additional buttons showed up.

When searching through search bar, the address bar showed this line: “http://www.google.com/search?q…“. When searching through google’s page, the adress bar showed this line: “http://www.google.com/#hl=en&a…“. Does anybody know how to make it work from google’s page and not just the searchbar?

JK III

By default, no.9 does not work with country specific domains, but that can be easily fixed. Also, when running on 800×600 resolution, the formatting is all messed up and the sidebar is shown at the bottom of the page. I like the idea of having Wikipedia in the sidebar, and there is an addon called Googlepedia that does just that. (It also has the same problem as mentioned below.)

I tried no.1, no.7 and no.9. All them worked when I searched through Firefox’s searchbar, but when I went directly to google.com and typed my seacrh query on that page, these scripts didn’t work and no sidebar or additional buttons showed up.

When searching through search bar, the address bar showed this line: “http://www.google.com/search?q=obama…”. When searching through google’s page, the adress bar showed this line: “http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=obama…”. Does anybody know how to make it work from google’s page and not just the searchbar?

KTaSh

I’m the author to #7 and it depends. The next version of my script is fixed for this, but if the others rely on the results already being on the page, then they won’t be able to work. google.com/#q=… (or google.com/webhp?q=… which is the page it hits) loads a blank page and fills it in with javascript.

Hannes

Split your Google entries in up to 4 columns with GoogleMonkeyR (http://userscripts.org/scripts
Best script for browsing Google so far. Just wondering why not listed in this collection.

Hannes

Split your Google entries in up to 4 columns with GoogleMonkeyR (http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/9310)
Best script for browsing Google so far. Just wondering why not listed in this collection.

Ann Smarty

It is actually listed :) See #8

Hannes

Oh noooooo! Please feel free to delete my post immediately. How embarrassing! Arrrgh!

KTaSh

Thanks for the shout out on the script (#7). I was wondering why I got a bunch of downloads all at once :)

KTaSh

I’m the author to #7 and it depends. The next version of my script is fixed for this, but if the others rely on the results already being on the page, then they won’t be able to work. google.com/#q=… (or google.com/webhp?q=… which is the page it hits) loads a blank page and fills it in with javascript.

Wes

Perhaps I missed it, but do any of the GreaseMonkey tools listed here (elsewhere?) just leave everything else alone and turn off that @!$#%!! sidebar?

Web Dizajneri

There is solution I’m quite satisfied with – it will move Google Sidebar to right side of the screen and leave everything else as-it-is:

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/76890

Cheers,

W.D.

Web Dizajneri

There is solution I’m quite satisfied with – it will move Google Sidebar to right side of the screen and leave everything else as-it-is:

http://userscripts.org/scripts

Cheers,

W.D.

Steve

As Google changes the div id’s from time to time, most scipts doesn’t work anymore – or not the way it shoueld be from my point of view.

so i wrote my own greasemonkey solution to hide all kind of sponsored and shopping results, so you just get the plain organic search results.

project page: http://eyecatch-up.de/news/no-more-ads-on-google-serps.html

Aibek

Type your reply…

Aibek

the program mentioned may no longer be working. It’s very normal for similar programs to stop working after they get sme publicity. If you are still looking for a solution I suggest you ask about this on MakeUseOf Answers, http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/

Steve

Hi Aibek,

thanks for your comment, but the script works fine! I’m using it myself and for me there’re no problems (and no ads ;)). What TLD are you using it for? Google do not use the same div name on all TLD’s, so maybe that’s the reason? Let me know and i will check this and update the script.

Thanks

Aibek

My bad Steve, this comment was meant for another post! I am not sure how it appeared here. :-)

Steve

Puuhh.. i thought there’d be a failure. ;-)

Steve

As Google changes the div id’s from time to time, most scipts doesn’t work anymore – or not the way it shoueld be from my point of view.

so i wrote my own greasemonkey solution to hide all kind of sponsored and shopping results, so you just get the plain organic search results.

project page: http://eyecatch-up.de/news/no-

Aibek

the program mentioned may no longer be working. It’s very normal for similar programs to stop working after they get sme publicity. If you are still looking for a solution I suggest you ask about this on MakeUseOf Answers, http://www.makeuseof.com/answe

Steve

Hi Aibek,

thanks for your comment, but the script works fine! I’m using it myself and for me there’re no problems (and no ads ;)). What TLD are you using it for? Google do not use the same div name on all TLD’s, so maybe that’s the reason? Let me know and i will check this and update the script.

Thanks