With a new extension developed called Simple Search, it allows you to use Google with the interface presented to users in 1998. The Simple Search extension can be downloaded for free.
To revert to the simple design that Google’s search engine had in the late nineties, The Markup developers created a free extension in browsers called Simple Search that reduces distractions and allows you to only view search results sorted by relevance.
You can view the Google 1998 version with Simple Search
Working for both Google and Microsoft Bing search engines in Chrome and Firefox browsers, the extension displays search results in a simple design using only the relevance of the algorithm.
The developers cite the purpose of the extension as to make it easier for users to understand how much the layout has changed over time to draw more attention to Google’s services.
Simple Search does not change search results. After the extension is installed, your search results on Bing and Google are displayed in a box on the results page, as they were in 1998. If you want to return to the normal view for that result, just click the ‘X’ button in the upper right corner of the current window.
If you want to use Google Search as in 1998, you can click here to choose between Chrome and Firefox for the browser you want and download the Simple Search extension.