Want The Old Google Design? Here Is How.

May 10, 2010 • 8:23 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Last week, Google unveiled their new design and truth be told, most bloggers and journalists liked the new interface. But that does not mean most people like it, in fact, many normal Google lovers hate it.

The sad part is that no matter how much you hate it, Google said they won't give you the ability to get the old look. At least, not officially.

Currently, if you want the old look, you can access it at http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=all. Go there, do a search and you get the old Google look. But how much longer that will last is unknown. I suspect if Google wants to make sure they are consistent - which they aren't always - they will make sure that URL goes to the new design soon. So if you love the old Google, eat it up over there, that is until Google replaces it with the new user interface.

Here are before and after pictures:

Old Google Logo:

Old Google Logo

New Google Logo:

New Google Logo

Old Google Search Interface:

Old Google User Interface

New Google Search Interface:

Google New Jazz

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld& Google Web Search Help (but there are literally hundreds of complaint threads there).

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05/10/2010 12:48 pm

I so prefer the old look of Google. The new version looks like a bad copy of Yahoo. Plus it's all cluttered. I miss the old look.


05/10/2010 02:11 pm

Have you tried using the Greasemonkey script called 'googlemonkeyr'? Check out http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/9310 You can turn off "Sponsored Links","Search tools" and "Related Searches". That should give you the old look for much longer. Epithet p.s. It also offers numbered results and multiple column results, but that's a bit off topic.

Michael Martinez

05/10/2010 08:22 pm

Much, much better indeed, Barry. Thanks. I guess I can enjoy the more useful look and feel a while longer. The new design just sucks lemon juice in so many ways.

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