This post is for those who’ve recently lost the capability to have their Google Search results look like this in Firefox and a widescreen PC monitor…

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Greasemonkey and GoogleMonkeyR are required to do this. They are still working fine together for me, with a few new versions installed…

1. Update Greasemonkey to 2.3 (29th Oct 2014) and GoogleMonkeyR to 1.7.2.

2. Access Google Search via the following URL, which has a parameter that limits search results to 15 per page…

https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&complete=0&tbo=1&num=15&tbs=li:1

15 results fit nicely into three columns, the three columns being set up in GoogleMonkeyR Preferences (which is the cog-wheel that appears top-right, once you make a Google search).

3. Hide Google’s “Searches related to …” element on the Google Search results page. You can do this easily in GoogleMonkeyR Preferences. This div needs to be hidden, because otherwise it sits awkwardly between you and the numbered links that lead to the subsequent results pages.

If that doesn’t work for you, then you can do Step 3 with the popular AdBlock Plus add-on (right-click on “”Searches related to …””, ‘Inspect Element’, highlight whole ‘extrares’ element, click on red AdblockPlus icon, and block it on Google.com). Once you’ve learned how to hide page elements like this with AdBlock Plus you can use it on other sites, for instance hiding the sports section or the tacky video sidebars on newspaper websites.

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