How to Remove left Sidebar in Google search

by Mayur on May 6, 2010

in How To's, Tips 'n' Tricks

Google You may have noticed the new Google search interface, which features a new left-hand navigation (left sidebar) and a modified Google logo which looks pretty cool. The new side panel highlights the most relevant search tools and refinements for your query, making it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.

However, most users may find the new sidebar integrated to left of Google search results not useful and pretty annoying. There’s an easy way to hide the left-hand navigation pane/sidebar in Chrome and Firefox browser.

Turn off or Remove Google search left sidebar

Google search results with Sidebar

Google search results without Sidebar

To Hide Google sidebar in Chrome, install the extension ‘Hide Google Options’. It’ll remove the persistent sidebar and also ensures the Options pane remains a choice for users. You can click its icon to alternately show or hide the options shown in the left-hand pane of Google search results. (Supports worldwide google domains)

To Disable Google sidebar in Firefox, install the add-on Hide Google Options. You can easily enable/disable it anytime from status bar in just a single click. Currently removes the sidebar only from google.com search results.

Firefox users can instead install Google Fix userscript (using Greasemonkey add-on) which removes the left sidebar and bottom search bar from all regions of google search results, providing the Old Google interface.

Internet Explorer & Opera users can use this direct link to get back the old Google user interface. Bookmark: http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=all

Hope you find this information useful.

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chuck May 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Deleting the Google cookie works just a well

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Thomas May 15, 2010 at 2:44 am

Yeah, if I delete the cookie, this sidebar is enabled by default – so it doesnt really work…

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Dark May 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

So the add-on removes the annoying sidebar, but adds an annoying icon to the bottom-right corner? Kind of counter-productive if you ask me.

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Lol May 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Dark’s a douche. The icon is hardly noticeable and definitely not annoying. The sidebar, on the other hand, takes up a whole lot of space and is right up in your face.

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Damned May 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Not Workin for me :(

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Damned May 6, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Correction…
It was not working if I use http://www.google.fi
but if I use http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=fi, then it works!
Ty!!

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Bernie May 7, 2010 at 12:37 am

It’s not working on any Google global sites. I’ve ccleared the cache and cookies but that damned sidebar keeps coming back.
If I have to look at this junk I may as well use Bing.

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MrsShiva May 7, 2010 at 2:16 am

doesn’t work, like any second link on this page. annoying >(

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THANK YOU! May 7, 2010 at 3:24 am

Thank you for this!! The new sidebar is tacky and unnecessary. The “delete cookies” thing was no longer working for me.

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Nope May 7, 2010 at 4:24 am

I removed it by changing search engines – google is no longer my home page nor a quick-search bar

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baz May 7, 2010 at 6:27 am

If you don’t want another addon, there are a lot of scripts available if you have Stylish, or Greasemonkey addons. Some also remove the *related searches* at the bottom, and change the bold font when you type, to a normal font.

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baz May 7, 2010 at 6:30 am

Sorry to double-post…
this is the Stylish script I’m using, which does as stated in above post:
@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

@-moz-document domain(“www.google.com”), domain(“http://news.google.com/”) {

#leftnav {
display: none;
}
#center_col {
margin-left: 0px !important;
border-left: none !important;
}
/* Reduce font sizes of search box and buttons */
input.lsb { font-size: 9pt !important; }
input.lst { font-size: 12pt !important; }
}
/* Hide related searches list at the bottom */
#brs { display: none !important; }
}
/* Hide various advertising sections at the bottom */
#bottomads, .booksbox, .rbt { display: none !important; }
}

}

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Milan May 7, 2010 at 7:35 am

Nice… just what I was looking for to get rid of the sidebar.

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teedot May 7, 2010 at 10:35 am

The Firefox add-on worked perfectly! Thank you so much for this, it is greatly appreciated.

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Leevi May 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

With Opera (I suppose you could do the same with other browsers) you can edit the search string, so that it takes you to old interface automatically.
Tools > Preferences > Search Tab > add &hl=all to Google search address: so it’s like this
http://www.google.com/search?q=%s&hl=all&sourceid=opera&num=%i&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

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Jesper Hansen May 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Have added https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/161632
For as long as it may work.

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bones May 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm

thanks, that sidebar was so annoying, the addon works great

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Jo May 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Does it just remove the sidebar, or will it also bring back the “pages from Australia” search which was unfortunately moved to the sidebar? I’ve temporarily changed to http://www.google.com.au/webhp?hl=all , but that doesn’t have the Australian search, so I’m looking for something better.

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Kurt May 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

Not working for me either (tried both Firefox Addon’s), though thanks for trying to address it in your blog post though. Why can’t they just leave stuff alone, KISS (keep-it-simple-stupid).

Time for a new search engine, something simple and easy

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Zvi May 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm

It’s very simple to remove it!
http://www.seotools.com/hide-google-options/#

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fionabarks May 11, 2010 at 6:09 am

A more complete list of workarounds and plugins with tips and tricks can be found at http://theoldgoogle.blogspot.com/

hope this might help.

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THANKS May 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

THANK YOU ! I’ve been so annoyed at that waste of screen space that is the toolbar . App worked on my Firefox!

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Vee Bee May 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm
Web dizajneri May 17, 2010 at 2:33 am

This is the right solution:
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/76890

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pfft May 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

hl=all doesn’t work anymore….

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Andreas May 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Thanks for the solutions.
The hl=all switch dosent work anymore (today 20. May 2010).
Anybody know how to disable the sidebar via url ?

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david May 21, 2010 at 8:06 am

concur with pfft and Andreas.

hl=all doesnt work anymore.

seems Google “tweaked” something to disable this?

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Mike May 28, 2010 at 7:45 am

I just found another trick to disable the Google Sidebar: change your user-agent to that of IE 6. It really works! I guess the new code does not work in IE 6, so they sniff for that user-agent and then send the old style pages.

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Mahibul May 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm
IE8 June 25, 2010 at 8:10 am

http://www.google.com.au/webhp?hl=all now has a sidebar and the so does google pirate. But google mobile is still sidebar free!

So, if you are stuck using a 4:3 ratio monitor like me and therefore can’t afford the space for a vertical google sidebar just pretend you’re using a mobile device and make the below your default search engine.

American – http://www.google.com/m?gwt=off&hl=en_US&q=TEST

British – http://www.google.com/m?gwt=off&hl=en_GB&q=TEST

Almost perfect, except for the rather small search box.

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Hijacked July 7, 2010 at 6:36 am

I noticed that ever since I installed this add-on, my search results from Google would randomly be hijacked. I would get redirected to different advertising-based sites. When I disabled the sidebar blocker, the hijacking stopped.

Nice add-on, but I won’t be using it anymore since it hijacks my browser in Google.

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u64 October 8, 2010 at 2:58 am

To get the normal google-search, change the HTTP User Agent.

GoogleChrome and Iron command-line
–user-agent=”Opera/8″

Firefox addon BrowserMasquerade
http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/212320
A few settings required, the Help explains it.

For all Browsers, run and configure Privoxy.
match-all.action
+hide-user-agent{Opera/8} \

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guest@webtrickz.com November 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

Internet Explorer & Opera users can use this direct link to get back the old Google user interface. Bookmark: http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=all

this no longer works with ie

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Jamey January 29, 2011 at 9:40 am

Thank you so much for showing me how to get rid of this BIG annoyance. You should put the link in all the answer sites. Thanks again !!!!

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HandyAndy April 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Much to their dismay, web surfers who chose ‘Google’ on the basis of its clean interface and lack of clutter, will know that unwelcome topbars, sidebars, adverts, predictive texts, and “make google your homepage” and “google chrome” popups (which are basically legalized computer infections) are becomming commonplace. Google won’t listen – they think they are omnipotent and the font of all wisdom. It’s time to vote with your feet. Try “duckduckgo”. I did, and I never looked back!

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mukhtarahmad April 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

hi i want google side bar

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Shmare July 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Oh no! It’s not compatible with Firefox 5!!!!

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Shmare July 5, 2011 at 12:16 am

YAY!!! I reverted to firefox 3.6 and your fix WORKED.

PHEWF. Order and cleanliness are restored to my browsing experience. :)

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