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9:18 pm on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Use this to get to the old serps:
[google.com...]

http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=all
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Once I use that link, it seems to get stored in a cookie and I STAY with the classic layout.
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The cookie does send you to the webhp?hl=all version every time after your first visit but the fix is simple. Delete that extra bit from your url and press go to force a regular google visit. It will replace the cookie and make the new serps default.
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Interesting... I didn't. Just tested a few minutes ago actually.

I clicked the link, then searched, then went to Google.com and searched again and I was back to the new SERPs. I was also sent to the new results after clicking on the Mother's Day image at the top? Maybe try that and see if it clears the cookie or something? IDK... I'm using firefox and currently signed in to my account, but I did delete all cookies this AM and did not search again or login again prior to trying to old version link.
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Hmmm... must be something more complex (or stealthy) than just a cookie. No matter what I try, Google doesn't serve that browser the new interface, now. Not that I really want it for personal use -- I don't. But as an online marketer, I do want to understand the average user experience.

Oh well, there are a lot of browsers to use.
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so what's the link to get back to the new SERP?
12:54 am on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=none ?!
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When you have one of these open in one browser and another in a different browser you can compare them and its quite intresting to see what has changed when you put them next to each other.
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In Firefox address bar type about:config, then Filter by "Goog",
find the Preference Name: Keyword.URL(should something like
[size=2]http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=[/size]
).

Change that to
[size=2]http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=all&q=[/size]


Now you can search from the Address Bar, it adds an extra step by first taking you to Googs homepage with the keyword already in the search box. Hit the search button.
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>>> [google.com...]

unfortunately it's missing links to gmail and maps in upper left. i do prefer that serps without the left sidebar tho
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The is another way of getting the old layout without any special links, cookies, or anything.

Use IE6.
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aha, thanks encyclo!

I just opened up Safari 4.0.3, switched user agent to IE6 and BOOM, old GOOG layout!

Same goes for Firefox if UA is switched to IE6!

Interesting, after all IE6 is not that dead any more....
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YOu can also go to using a custom search - like this one from Dell:
[google.com...]
11:30 am on May 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I like! Thanks a lot!
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I cannot believe that we are being forced to jump through hoops to use Google the way we all want to.

Google, wake up.