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Change the Way Google Search Results Display in Firefox

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Are you tired of the default look for search results at Google? If you want a different and customized pleasing look for them, then join us as we look at the GoogleMonkeyR User Script.

Note: User Style Scripts & User Scripts can be added to most browsers but we are using Firefox & the Greasemonkey extension for our example here.


Here is the standard look for search results at Google…not bad but it really does not stand out that well either.


Installing the User Script

You may be asking yourself what makes this particular user script different from others. Take a look at the list of goodies that you get access to and you will understand:

  • Multiple columns of results
  • Removes “Sponsored Links”
  • Add numbers to the results
  • Auto-load more results
  • Removes web search dialogues
  • Open links in a new tab
  • Favicons
  • GooglePreview
  • Self updating
  • Can be configured from a simple user dialogue

To get started click on the Webpage Install Button.


Once you click on the Webpage Install Button you will see the following window asking for confirmation to add the user script to Firefox. Click Install to complete the process.


GoogleMonkeyR in Action

Refreshing the same search page shown above shows a noticeable difference already. The light blue background makes the search results stand out a bit better. This is an improvement from before but you will definitely want to have a look to see just how far you can go…


Right click on the Greasemonkey Status Bar Icon, go to User Script Commands, and select GoogleMonkeyR Preferences.


Once you have clicked on GoogleMonkeyR Preferences the search page will be shaded out and you will have access to the user script’s preferences. This is where you can really make your search results unique looking!


Here are the changes that we started out with…


After refreshing our search results things looked even better.


A look at the entire page of results with our browser maximized and set for two columns.


If you have the Auto load more results Option enabled new results will be added very quickly as you scroll down.


Our set of search results after adding Favicons & GooglePreview Images.



If you have been wanting a more dramatic and pleasing look for the search results at Google then you can not go wrong with the GoogleMonkeyR User Script. Change as little or as much as you want to get that perfect look in your browser.


Install the GoogleMonkeyR User Script

Download the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox (Mozilla Add-ons)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/18/10

Comments (9)

  1. SquareWheel

    “After refreshing our search results things looked even better.”

    Er, if you say so.

  2. Gigi

    A very long tutorial for nothing special. Who would follows all these steps just for that blue square around the results?

  3. Joe

    Yeah, I’m with SquareWheel. So ugly. Purple on white? Ew.

  4. Asian Angel

    @SquareWheel & Joe – Just an example to demonstrate how much contrast you can “create” with the script. ~__^

  5. Paul

    Thanks for this – worth it for the page preview feature alone.

  6. robin

    use the searchpreview addon for that.much easier
    maybe some1 should write something about that one

  7. Alan

    Great walkthrough! really makes Google stand out.
    @ Gigi – Nobody forces you to read these articles or is it that you just like to moan.

  8. Risa

    GoogleFX userscript is quite a good one. I prefer Google++, it can colorize the results, display results in multiple columns, take websites’ thumbnails…

  9. Lena

    When Google makes its page background blue, with a world’s map, this little script is a masterpiece.
    Thank you authors. The new Google search page was a nightmare.

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