Simple Search is a browser extension that removes all the clutter from Google Search results
Ahhh, simpler times.
Google Search has been around since 1998 and it has obviously continued to grow into an entirely different beast over the past 22 years. Now, Search is packed full of sponsored results, a feedback section, a snippet section, and more. It can feel overwhelming, and sometimes it feels like search results aren’t as genuine as they once were.
Luckily, as usual, there’s a Google Chrome (and Firefox) extension for that. Called Simple Search, it’s a plugin from The Markup that dumbs down Search and makes it display as it did twenty years ago. It doesn’t completely remove modern Search results, but instead, you’ll get a pop-up that displays the first ten or so search results in a very basic layout.
It’s honestly kind of refreshing, as it makes it feel like you don’t have to do extra any scouring when Googling something. Also, if you feel like you need the full Search experience again, you can simply close the window and go back to business as usual.
You’ll even get some info about your stripped-down search results, like how many pixels were saved by removing all of the clutter.
Overall, it’s a neat little plug-in and if you miss the old (very old) Google Search page, then head over to the Google Chrome store or the Firefox Add-ons page to download this extension.
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