This is an update to my January 2020 Google Search in three columns: how to do it in 2020 tutorial post. It’s needed because the key UserScript Google search in several columns has stopped working, due to changes in the Google page code. Even with this script installed, Google Search reverts to a long scrolling page of links, a format highly unsuited to searchers who use a widescreen desktop monitor.
For the time being, the fix is to keep on running this script, but also run these two at the same time…
* Stylus UserStyle Google – show search result in two columns and hack the script to show “3” columns.
* Stylus UserStyle Google Search in columns with “3” columns set on install.
On a widescreen monitor, a manual fix the top of the Stylus UserStyle ‘Google Search in columns’ also helps with overlap between results…
/* columns */
max-width: unset !important;
/* columns */
max-width: 80% !important;
The result gives imperfect but reasonably acceptable three-column display for Google Search and Books results…
‘Google – show search result in two columns’ will need to be temporarily turned off for Google News results.
Note that I have the UserScript Google search in several columns set not to work on Google Books, having added a couple of lines to the script. See my linked post for instructions on how to add that blocking.
See my full Google Search in three columns: how to do it in 2020 tutorial for details of how to bock other page elements, such as huge ‘video suggestions’ blocks and cover thumbnails for Google Books results.