02 Dec 2013

3 Absolutely Gold Greasemonkey Scripts for Searching Google

I search Google all the time; that’s my profession and my hobby. For me it’s easier to use Google to find an article I wrote back in 2010 on something-I-don’t-remember-exactly than to find a pen on my desk (yes, my desk is usually a mess; I say it proves that I am creative)

I am not searching as a regular user, I suppose. Years of searching have made me a search geek: I play with queries, examine results; make good use of operators etc; I am using Google for more than just finding the answers… I am happy that the following userscripts give me the required flexibility!

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This simple userscript will extract all direct URLs from Google and Bing SERPs and list them below the search results.

Why do I love it?
It’s the most non-intrusive way to quickly check if any domain is ranked in top 10 (using Ctrl+F on your keyboard)
Get URLs from Search Results Plugin Tool

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I love using Google Cache. I often check both “normal” and text-only cached versions of any web page when diagnosing a problem. I am looking at cache date, how different text cache is, what Google is “able to see” on a page, etc. What always bugs me is that whenever you click a link within Google cache, you’ll be brought back to the site.

This userscript adds a yellow “cache” icon to each link on the cached page; clicking that yellow icon takes you to the cached version of the linked page.
Google Cache Continue Redux
Why do I love it?
It’s a very helpful tool for diagnostics: You can keep browsing the site using Google cache almost infinitely (well, until you land on a page that’s not cached by Google, of course).

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This userscript adds a handy search control panel whenever you search. It includes:

  • The ability to quickly switch to exact-match search
  • The ability to quickly change the number of results per page
  • The ability to quickly switch to image, video, blog, etc search
  • The ability to quickly set the search time frame (“past 24 hours”, “past week”, etc)
  • The ability to set the “format” of returned results (search for mp3, pdf, etc files).

NoCrap Google Search Bar
Why do I love it?
Ever since Google killed + operator that forced it to include any word in search results, I was looking for an easy way to switch to exact-match. This script turned out to be perfect!

Do you have favorite Google search addons and scripts? Please share them in the comments!