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April 21, 2007

Customize Google Adds Infinite Scrolling for Google Search

Customize Google is a Firefox extension that adds or removes some features in Google's services, including links to competing search engines, removing ads and click tracking, rewriting links to point directly to images in Google Image Search.

Inspired by the infinite scrolling Greasemonkey script presented in a previous post, Customize Google includes a similar feature, which is not enabled by default, so you'll have to check "Stream search results pages" in the options. The infinite scrolling means that you don't have to click on "Next page" because the next search results are loaded in the background as you scroll down. This feature removes the related searches from the bottom of the page and some OneBox results, while not being able to function correctly when you hit back after clicking on a result, but it's still cool to enable it when you're in exploration mode.

13 comments:

  1. Seems to function fine for me after clicking back from a search result.

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  2. Try scrolling down below the first 10 results, click on a search result and then hit back. You'll notice that you're reverted to the same search results page, but not to the same position (i.e. you won't see the same search result you clicked on).

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  3. It's working superb when I try it. The OneBox is still there!

    I love this feature! I'll never revert back again. :)

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  4. Try it with this script (if you use greasemonkey). Keeps your topbar where it belongs, at the top of your window.
    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/8536
    There's also a link to a stylish script if you'd rather use that.

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  5. The topbar script have bugs. Don't use it.

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  6. << The OneBox is still there! >>

    I meant the OneBox at the bottom (for blog search, Google Groups, News Archive).

    Example: yahoo 1997.

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  7. Try Shift+Page down to jump to next "page".

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  8. >> I meant the OneBox at the bottom (for blog search, Google Groups, News Archive). <<

    Yes. The OneBox is gone. But the search result still functions correctly when I hit back. And I'm reverted to the same result, at the same position...

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  9. Microsoft introduced this feature in Image Live Search. Credit should be given.

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  10. Yeah, Customize Google is quite handy. I use it with Simpy for bookmarking search hits.... like this (screenshots). The links to other search engines at the top is also something I often use.

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  11. looks pretty good

    but as before, i still criticize the fact that there is not a picasa-type scrollbar. I dont think the traditional scrollbar gives infinite scrolling justice.

    "Microsoft introduced this feature in Image Live Search. Credit should be given"

    Yes, I suppose this is true, but when I first tried Live/image, it was rather slow and unwieldy. Like this feature...it looks they have made improvements and it seems a whole lot faster, but that still doesn't get rid of the jumping scrollbar, which i find bothersome...

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  12. Charles: What's good about the picasa scrollbar? When googling "picasa scrollbar" I find a lot of comments saying "it's annoying" and "i hate it". I haven't tried it myself though.

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  13. "What's good about the picasa scrollbar? "

    Its basically a scrollbar that uses the position from the center to determine the speed of scrolling as opposed to showing the position of the displayed information relative to the rest of the page. I think it would be a good idea because seeing as it is "infinite" scrolling, your screen position relative to what's on the entire page is pretty useless.

    On the flipside, I dont think the picasa scrollbar is useful for traditional fixed length pages.

    here's a screenshot of picasa2 from a blog I encountered while poking around the web:
    http://www.primordia.com/blog/

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