Optimize Google & Google Reader for Widescreen in Chrome

If you are using a widescreen monitor with an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10, you will notice that Google Search and Google Reader waste most of the screen real estate on the right side.

Here are two extensions for Google Chrome that you might find useful.

Dual-Pane Google Search

The searchw Chrome Extension creates a partition on the right, in which you can preview the results of your Google Search. Effectively, it turns your Google Results into a kind of Table of Contents and the experience is like viewing PDF files.

searchw Chrome extn

You can open a result in a new tab and reduce/enlarge the frame sizes. It also comes with hotkey support.

Google Reader for Widescreen

This Greasemonkey script for making Google Reader widescreen-friendly was earlier made popular by Gina Trapani at Lifehacker for Firefox. With native support for Greasemonkey, it now works like a charm in Google Chrome.

Google Reader Default

Google Reader Widescreen

The best part of this script is that it works automatically in the background requiring no user interaction at all.

If you’re using a widescreen monitor, do check these out.

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  • http://www.louisgray.com/live/ Louis Gray

    Nice screenshots. :)

  • http://www.skepticgeek.com Mahendra

    So I finally found the trick to get LG to comment on my blog! ;)

  • http://www.louisgray.com/live/ Louis Gray

    That's one way! But I thought I had already established a track record of sharing your posts. Guess I need to work harder about commenting here as well? Do I need to search my Disqus history both for my activity here and your activity on my site? Hm…

  • http://farner.in Shawn Farner

    Maybe it's just personal preference, but I kinda like not having to scan my eyes all the way across the monitor and then back again. Plus, this must wreak havoc on posts with text wrapped around multiple images.

  • http://www.skepticgeek.com Mahendra

    Oh, I know you've been generous with sharing my posts, but this is the first time your comment has graced my blog!

  • http://www.skepticgeek.com Mahendra

    Yes, it's a personal preference. I like not having to scroll down. :)

    And no, I haven't had any issues with text wrapping/multiple images/etc. It has worked perfectly in my few days of testing.

  • Anonymous

    I personally like to zoom into the page and read the text or / and using READABILITY (can’t help type in CAPS :D ) bookmarklet which makes the reading experience just awesome for long posts !!

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