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Disable the New Google Layout

EDIT (8.5.2010) - No longer works. I give up, Google. The new interface is worse, but I suppose I'll get over it.

EDIT - This method no longer works. Google has updated their Labs search to use the new layout. Instead, you can use this URL to keep the old-fashioned Google:

I saw the new Google search results page layout for the first time tonight.  I then googled "turn off new google layout".  I suppose I don't handle change very well.  If you hate the new Google layout too, here's how to fix it:

  1. Go to Google's Experiment Search page (part of Google Labs) here:
  2. Press the "Join this experiment" button at the top, right-hand corner of the "Keyboard shortcuts" experiment section
  3. Enjoy not seeing Google's new layout any more on search results
  4. Bonus Points - Enjoy the Keyboard Shortcuts experiment, which is really fantastic.  It lets you navigate Google search results with keyboard shortcuts that will feel very natural to fans of Linux terminal apps.  (Notably, "j" navigates down, "k" navigates up.)  These are also the shortcuts used in Gmail, Google Reader, and the Boston Globe's "Big Picture" (which is fantastic).

Join Keyboard Shortcuts experiment to avoid new Google layoutPlease leave a comment if this doesn't work for you, or you know a better way to do it, or if you think the new layout has some redeeming quality that I'm missing.

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  1. No sorry, it doesn’t work for me.

    Instead of having experimental features with the old layout, I just get the new layout with the experimental features not working.

  2. Yeah, actually I was having problems with it at work today, and I’m not entirely sure why. There was a message saying that the experiment was over. However, it works on my computer here at home. I’m going to look into it, but I suspect it might be NoScript on my work computer.

    EDIT: Tried it again today at work, with no problems. I think there may have been a temporary problem on Google’s end.

  3. /experimental gives you a 404

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