Google runs a series of [Experimental Search](http://www.google.com/experimental) trials which any user can join — “new features aimed at improving the search experience”. A short while ago, they had one called “keyboard navigation”, which allowed users to navigate results using the keys J (down), K (up), and O (open). I _loved_ this to bits, and used it all the timeâ€¦ until it went away, replaced by an enhanced “accessibility” feature which makes search results look hideous:
So I went and tried [DuckDuckGo](http://duckduckgo.com) as my primary search engine for a while. It looks great, is highly customisable, and has my beloved keyboard shortcutsâ€¦ but I can’t quite get behind it because: (a) it’s a bit slow, especially compared to Google, (b) there isn’t native Safari support for it (I have to go through a [GlimmerBlocker](http://glimmerblocker.org) script), and (c) I just can’t shake the feeling that Google’s search results _might_ be better, so I end up switching to another browser and checking on Google, _just in case_. This, naturally, was a recipe for madness, so I started looking into how to get back my beloved keyboard shortcuts in Google.
If you’re on Firefox or Chrome, the script linked in that post is all you need, but I did edit it to fix a couple of things for myself:
* Re-aligned the search arrow to get it in line with the searched item; and
* Packaged it as a Safari extension.
Here are my new versions. Once again, all credit goes to the [original author](http://blog.nqzero.com/2011/12/googles-experimental-page-used-to-list.html); all I did were some minor styling fixes and packaging. MIT/X licensed.
* [Script for Chrome or Firefox](http://dl.dropbox.com/u/90126/GoogleJK/GoogleJK.user.js): the latter requires the [Greasemonkey](http://greasemonkey.org) plugin installed before clicking on the link; tested on Chrome 18 and Firefox 10 on Mac.
* [Safari extension](http://dl.dropbox.com/u/90126/GoogleJK/GoogleJK.safariextz): tested on 5.1.3 on Mac.
__Important__: For these to work, you do need to disable Google Instant, first at Google’s [search preferences](https://www.google.com/preferences?hl=en) and, if you’re using Chrome, in [its browser preferences](chrome://chrome/settings). Otherwise, Instant’s search bar will grab focus when the page loads.
__Update__, July 2012: I’ve [updated the extension for Safari 6](http://yjsoon.com/2012/07/knogs-google-jk-keyboard-shortcut-extension-updated-for-safari-6). The above download links should point to the new version, but this link explains the differences.