Google Classic

By JYC Last update Nov 4, 2010 — Installed 31,333 times.

Script Summary: Not only removes the sidebar, but also moves EVERYTHING back to its original place: search bar & button, separator, you name it


Moves everything back to its original place; restyles the search bar and button back to their plain selves

Note: From v41 on, the script is pretty much perfect as it is, so I won't change this any further unless Google breaks it or a feature is requested. Leave a message if that happens!


November 3rd, 2010: dynamic loading through the homepage broken (again)
  • Supports Firefox (2.0, 3.6 confirmed, 1.5 deprecated)
  • Supports Chrome (4.1 confirmed)
  • Supports Opera (10.53 confirmed), both as a GM script (".user.js") and normal Opera script (".js")
  • Supports regular search pages ("/search*", "/images*") Note for image pages: going back to the basic version (by adding the parameter "sout=1") is beyond the functionality of this particular script. Use this one by FortMax instead
  • Supports Google Products ("/products*")
  • Supports searching from Google main page ("/#*")

Alternative Solution

Still doesn't work? Try setting your useragent to IE6:
(Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1))


  • GUI for configuring setting(s)


v58 (November 3rd, 2010, 20:44 PST): Fixed the new nav_logo21

v57 (October 23, 2010, 14:48 PST): Fixed footer problems that also seemed to have also caused problems with instant search

v56 (October 21, 2010, 15:05 PST): Fixed occasional malfunction with icons

v55 (September 13, 2010, 4:50 PST): Fixed minor problem with image search

v54 (September 13, 2010, 4:36 PST): Fixed the overlapping anchors once and for all

v53b (September 13, 2010, 12:57 PST): (Maybe) fixed the advanced search / preferences search bar. Fixed Unicode issues with localizations, can't fix stupid and negligence. I apologize to international users who were inconvenienced because I didn't know GM saved scripts in ASCII instead of Unicode.

v53 (September 12, 2010, 14:49 PST): Fixed SafeSearch / Instant Bar placement. Added an option to disable automatic centering

v52 (September 9, 2010, 12:39 PST): Fixed regex all browsers. Fixed centering problems on the Google front page

v51 (September 8, 2010, 12:36 PST): Fixed the new updates to Google US, including the new Google Instant. Fixed regex problems in Opera

v50 (September 2, 2010, 6:50 PST): Fixed problem with other TLDs that haven't updated

v49 (September 1, 2010, 5:43 PST): Fixed compatibility with Firefox and Opera, fixed localizations that were somehow converted to ANSI

v48 (August 27, 2010, 19:16 PST): Fixed separator and dynamic reloading for search tools (ex: Latest, Past 24 hours)

v47 (August 24, 2010, 21:26 PST): Fixed dynamic reloading

v46 (August 16, 2010, 11:40 PST): Fixed the option bar cutting off the images in the new image view

v45 (July 24, 2010, 7:36 PST): Fixed a ton of stuff on the products page: showing and hiding the options, correct number bolding, and moving the current mode description to the separator bar.

v44 (July 23, 2010, 9:18 PST): Google updated its image search, but because they kept the original page through the "Switch to basic view" button below (or by appending "&sout=1" to the image search results page's URL), this script won't change it back. This is instead a bug fix for the new page; the leftnav needed to be shifted down a bit.

v43 (July 3, 2010, 2:22 PST): Fixed disabling the debug output on Opera

v42 (July 3, 2010, 2:15 PST): Sometime between v39 and v38 I was being a dumbass and somehow reverted the changes that v38 had. Fixed

v41 (June 10, 2010, 19:54 PST): Fixed Bosnia & Herzegovina and Armenia, oops

v40 (June 10, 2010, 19:49 PST): Added localizations for most major languages (even if it's just two strings)

v39 (June 9, 2010, 15:00 PST): Changed the navlogo to not use important so you can see the special navlogo at the bottom of the Google search page for "world cup"

v38 (June 4, 2010, 13:34 PST): Fixed shopping pages incompatibility with FF 1.5, 2.0; fixed not being able to handle multiple dynamic reloads from webhp (main page searches)

v37 (May 25, 2010, 22:56 PST): Fixed search button border color

v36 (May 22, 2010, 02:03 PST): Included SSL (https)

v35 (May 20, 2010, 22:52 PST): Removed hl=all exclusion now that that's dead too. Begin regretting that I didn't save more snapshots of the real classic Google while I had the chance

v34 (May 18, 2010, 13:54 PST): Firefox 2.0 support

v33 (May 14, 2010, 01:02 PST): Bolds numbers in results statistics

v32 (May 11, 2010, 22:16 PST): Body margin now only changes on Products results pages

v31 (May 10, 2010, 16:34 PST): Fixed remaining bugs on main page search results (refreshing on new results) and products pages (current search type not moved)


v29 (May 10, 2010, 01:47 PST): Sidebar status persists after Main page results ("/#*") refereshes

v28 (May 10, 2010, 00:59 PST): Oops, I better fix the English translation too, lol


v26 (May 10, 2010, 00:30 PST): Oops, forgot to remove debug output

v25 (May 10, 2010, 00:25 PST): Supports localization

v24 (May 9, 2010, 23:41 PST): FIXED GOOGLE MAIN PAGE COMPATIBILITY, TAKE 2. Sorry about v23

v22 (May 9, 2010, 15:55 PST): Fixed separator width for regular and products pages

v21 (May 9, 2010, 15:51 PST): Fixed style for products

v20 (May 9, 2010, 15:36 PST): Turned max with of the search results back to normal, moved alternate searches back to the options

v19 (May 9, 2010, 15:07 PST): Tweaked CSS a little as per 420MuNkEy's suggestions

v18 (May 9, 2010, 11:40 PST): Fixed bottom navigation and search bar

v17 (May 9, 2010, 11:16 PST): Fixed button and search bar sizes

v16 (oops, forgot to include Google main page)

v15 (May 8, 2010, 22:54 PST): FIXED CHROME COMPATIBILITY

v14 (May 8, 2010, 22:34 PST): Hidden the alternate searches, can be re-enabled with a simple edit of the script

v13 (May 8, 2010, 21:21 PST): Eradicated the 1px line to the left (it's actually the separator between the search options and the results), fixed search option padding on Google Products

v12 (May 8, 2010, 21:11 PST): Works on Google Products now

v11 (May 8, 2010, 10:45 PST): Fixed color for "Cached" and "Similar"

v10 (May 7, 2010, 15:39 PST): Fixed color scheme for visited/active links

v9 (May 7, 2010, 15:04 PST): Changed color scheme back to old Google's

v8 (May 7, 2010, 12:56 PST): FIXED OPERA COMPATIBILITY

v7 (May 7, 2010, 12:53 PST): NVM, still fixing Opera; fixed a major typo in v6 ("stayle" instead of "style")

v6 (May 7, 2010, 11:54 PST): Opera compatibility (I can't check this right now, pleese confirm), fixed TLD incompatibility

v5 (May 6, 2010, 23:01 PST): Moved SafeSearch back to where it belongs

v4 (May 6, 2010, 22:52 PST): Made sure that "show options" is always at the very end (add to div instead of list)

v3 (May 6, 2010, 17:33 PST): Fixed padding of body and footer

v2 (May 6, 2010, 17:25 PST): Transparent icons, "show options" uses icons