Google recently rolled out a redesign of their search interface turning its spartan looks into a sidebar driven version that gives users quick access to search filters. Many of the filters were accessible through commands and secondary pages as well before and this might be enough for some users.
The Google Search sidebar displays a list of suggested filters, related search terms and additional filters behind more links.
There must be certainly some users who have no use for the new sidebar. Maybe they think it is a distraction, maybe they do not use it at all or maybe they just feel passionate about the old Google Search interface.
Old Google is a userscript that restores the old Google Search interface whenever the user performs a search on Google. This essentially means that the sidebar is removed from the page so that only the search results are displayed on the screen.
The userscript is compatible with all Google domains and works both on the normal search engine and image search engine.
The userscript works in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox with the likelihood that it will also work in other userscript compatible web browsers.
Old Google can be downloaded and installed from the Userscripts website.
Update: Old Google has been discontinued and is no longer updated or maintained by its author. The developer of the userscript suggests to install hide Google Options instead, an extension for the Firefox web browser and Google Chrome browser. The particular extensions have not been updated for some time as well, and it is not clear if they are still working. The last version update dates back to October of 2010, which makes it unlikely that it is still working.
Update 2: A recent Google update moved the search tools from the left sidebar to the top. You can restore the old position with this script.
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