Google has made lots of changes to its search website in the past year. A few of the noteworthy, and often distracting changes, include the new fade-in homepage which only displays the search form until the visitor moves the mouse, the sidebar that is displayed on search result pages or design changes to buttons and other elements on the screen.
The Internet is full of users who complain about the new Google Search website, some say it is driving them insane, others that it now takes longer to search and a handful have even mentioned that they have switched to Bing instead because of the changes.
The Google Classic userscript offers a solution for Firefox, Chrome and Opera users who prefer the classic Google search interface over the new incarnation.
What does it do? It changes everything back to its former self. All interface elements are in the right position on the Google homepage, everything is directly visible and the dreaded sidebar is gone for good.
It even switches the buttons and every other element back to their old design, so no more rounded buttons for you design freaks out there.
Google Classic has been localized into many major languages which means that the local Google search engines should also be showing the classic interface.
Just download and install the Google Classic userscript in your web browser to undo all recent Google Search interface changes.
Update Google Classic has not been updated since 2010 which is a strong indicator that it wont work anymore. I suggest you use the search on the user script website to find related scripts that change the Google search layout back to a classic design.
At the time of writing, there does not seem to be a script that changes the current Google page to the classic one.
The most recent version of Google Search looks and feels closer to the original version of search again. Google has done away with the sidebar for instance and displays additional search options and filters above the results listing.
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