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google search previewBrowser tabs have been a genius invention. I can’t live without them and I can’t imagine me opening search results in new windows (I still remember the time when I had to!). But sometimes too many tabs may become a problem as well. With plenty of tabs open you feel lost and your browser feels slow.

So while previously I was sharing mostly tips on getting productive with tabs 7 Ways To Become More Productive With Firefox Tabs 7 Ways To Become More Productive With Firefox Tabs Read More , today’s tip will hopefully help you to reduce the number of open tabs by showing you how you can split the browser screen and load search results on the same page but in a separate sidebar panel. This way you will able to quickly click through search results without getting distracted by multiple active tabs.

Search Results In A Separate Sidebar Panel: Firefox

All-in-one Sidebar is one of the addons that many Firefox users can’t live without 11 Firefox 3 Extensions That I Can't Live Without 11 Firefox 3 Extensions That I Can't Live Without Read More . It lets you open various windows as sidebar panels, and quickly switch between them. The addon is very flexible and can be also used to preview any search results as well.

For Google, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Perform a Google search in the main window;
  2. Set the “MultiPanel“ mode (click on “Page“ in the sidebar menus and select “MultiPanel“);
  3. Use the icon in the sidebar to load the current tab in the sidebar;
  4. Click search results in the sidebar to load them in the main window.

OK, this is really much easier to do than to describe the process:


google search preview

And now step 4:

Preview Google Search results with All-in-One Sidebar (FireFox)

The only inconvenience is that because of the new Google search sidebar; you will always have to scroll a bit to see the search results in the sidebar:

Preview Google search

If you plan to use All-in-One Sidebar often to load search results in the sidebar panel, you may consider hiding Google’s options using this user script.

Hide Google options sidebar

Note: another inconvenience is that any link will be loaded in the sidebar: even the paging link. So you will either need to click the All-in-One icon each time (to load the next page of results in the sidebar panel), or you will have to set Google to show at least 100 results per page (in which case you won’t need paging at all). To do the latter, you’ll need to disable Google Instant How To Permanently Disable Google Instant & Google Suggest How To Permanently Disable Google Instant & Google Suggest Read More first.

Search Results In A Separate Sidebar Panel: SweetSearch

Unlike All-in-One Sidebar Sweet Search is designed specifically for Google Search (therefore it has some fun additional options we’ll see below). The extension allows you to keep your Google search results on the left while loading the pages you click on the same page in the right sidebar.

With the extension installed you can do the following:

  1. Click search results to open webpages in the right part of the screen;
  2. Click an arrow icon next to any search result to open a new separate tab with the webpage;


Also notice that it gets rid of Google’s search options sidebar on its own, so you don’t need any additional tricks.

The extension is easily turned off from the toolbar icon:

google search preview

Note: Unlike All-in-One Sidebar that loads any links you click in the sidebar panel, this one is designed to work only for Google search result listing titles (linked titles of the pages you normally click to land on the actual page). If you click any other links within search results (like Cached link, Related link, etc), the page will load in the full-screen mode.

Do you think it’s a great way to browse (Google) search results? Please share your thoughts!

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  1. KickingAss
    February 26, 2011 at 6:35 am

    @Anonymous192 I guess they could but it didn't seem like a complaint, just an observation. How about instead of trolling forums to flame people and be a derp you go back to trolling porn sites and have a conversation more on your intellectual level with a 'sex' bot algorithm that plays like it's a 'real' girl IMing you for sex. Atleast then you'll be on equal footing mentally speaking.

  2. Con1ner
    January 30, 2011 at 3:27 am


  3. Anonymous192
    January 30, 2011 at 3:27 am

    @User91 Well I guess you should change your browser them or stop complaining.

  4. Anonymous
    January 30, 2011 at 2:28 am

    no extension like this for the Opera browser... sad

    • Ann Smarty
      January 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

      I tried finding a similar extension for Opera but wasn't able to!