Jeff Sharkey

Reclaim screen space by using Two-column Google

Okay, so here at school we have these huge Dell LCD monitors that are just gorgeous. However, it’s annoying every time I do a Google search because over half of the screen space is just wasted with whitespace. 🙁 Yeah, it’s because Google decided to be friendly to everyone still running at 640×480. But I don’t want to deal with that! I hate having to scroll down only a few inches to get to the page-navigation links.

So I pulled out my long-lost friend Greasemonkey, an excellent Firefox extension that essentially lets you change any website on the fly. I wrote a quick script that wraps the lower half of every Google search result page onto a second column on the right-hand side of the screen. Our screen-waste problem is solved, yay! It does this by adding a two-column table to the page, and then splitting the Google search results equally into the two columns. The results read like newspaper columns (vertically first, then horizontally).

So yeah, check it out, and let me know if you find it useful. 🙂