I’ve made the leap from Firefox to Google Chrome. Here’s my version of how to switch from Firefox to Google Chrome, in ten steps:

1. Firstly, the Firefox power-user needs to know that you do not need to install Greasemonkey in Chrome. Google Chrome supports all Greasemonkey scripts without needing Greasemonkey to be installed. The drawback to this is, that you will have to hack by hand to configure Options for certain scripts.

2. Install your basic ad-blocking: AdBlock Plus and Disable Text Ads. No need for Flash Block any more, since there’s an easier way. Just block all the media extensions that slow down page-loading, thus…

Go to: chrome://settings/content –> and click ‘Plugins: Block All’. Now all ‘rich media’ bloat is blocked by default. Just add www.youtube.com to the list of exceptions under ‘Manage exceptions…’ (or whatever your favorite media site is).

You may not even need to set a YouTube exception, if you’ve switched YouTube to use HTML5 rather than Flash for video.

Also block all JavaScript, to prevent malicious pop-ups and page-switching. Go: Options –> Under The Hood –> Privacy –> Content Setting… –> select ‘Do not allow any site to run JavaScript’. Enable it only on a site-by-site basis, as needed — this can be done easily by clicking on the red cross in the Address Bar, when at a website.

3. Install some choice academic stuff: After The Deadline; Right Click and Translate; RSS Subscription buttons in the URL bar; Google Books Downloader; and of course JURN. The address bar in Chrome now doubles as your ‘second search box’. Set JURN as default in Options –> Search.

4. Wave goodbye to the morons: Facebook Purity (no silly games, quizzes, or apps on Facebook); Comment Snob (comes ready-configured for YouTube); the Personal Blocklist (by Google) that lets you block domains in Google Search results.

5. Tweak Google Search results: install GoogleMonkeyR. To configure GoogleMonkeyR: visit the Google Search web page. Click on the grey Cog Wheel in the upper-right of the Chrome browser, select “GoogleMonkeyR Settings…”. Set three columns (or even four if you have a huge screen), and remove ‘Sponsored Links’ and ‘Related Searches’. Do not remove ‘Site Preview’, since that will be removed by a script we’ll install later.

Now go to your main Google Preferences, and set results of 20 per page if you have a big widescreen monitor. Sadly there is no easy current Greasemonkey script (that works on Chrome) to set the exact number of links returned by Google Search results. The ideal for a large 1920px widescreen showing three columns would be around 14 results, give or take a few that will be removed by your Personal Blocklist results filter. What you can do is to go to the Google 100 script page, right-click on the Install, save the script locally, open it with Notepad, change the parameters from 100 to 14, save it, then drag and drop it onto Chrome. It will install.

Your Google Search results now look like this (no more scrolling!)…

The Greasemonkey scripts LinkClump and Linkify Google Search Results can also make Google Search results a lot easier to work with. And if you have problems with copy & pasting Web links from search results, install Scrub Google Redirect Links.

6. Get your top Bookmarks Bar back: Go to the Wrench Icon –> Options –> Basics –> Toolbar –> “Always Show…”. Copy over your Firefox Bookmarks Bar contents: Options / Personal Stuff / Browsing Data / Import… (and also your Bookmarks and Stored Passwords, if you want).

7. Sign in to Google. Go to Google Search and do a test search. Notice you now have various bits of junk cluttering your search results, like the annoying animated “+1 buttons”. Hide these by blocking them in AdBlock Plus. In Firefox this deleted them for good, but sadly in Chrome they just get hidden until you mouseover the link. You can’t (currently) get rid of them completely in Chrome, but you can stop the animation ‘flicker’ when you mouseover.

8. Disable Google Search’s annoyingly dumb autocomplete / autosuggest: Ensure you are signed in at at Google Search. Go to Google Preferences. Enable “Use Google Instant — predictions and results appear while typing”. Now this is working, we can kill it and remove it by installing Disable Google Autocomplete. This script also usefully kills Google Previews in search results.

Just to be safe, also turn autosuggest off officially: Go to the Wrench Icon –> Options –> Under the hood –> Privacy –> uncheck “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar”. Then: Clear Browsing Data -> for this period (choose everything). (For most people this is useless and has no effect in disabling autosuggest, which is why you need the ‘Disable Google Autocomplete’ script).

9. Find scripts or addons to remove any other annoyances you may have. Sadly it appears there is no way to get bigger Home / Back / Reload buttons on the browser. One of my favorite tweaks is taming the browser’s jumbled history pages with History2. Others worth having are Open a frame in a new tab, and Remove Facebook sidebar cruft from Web pages.

10. Make Chrome your default browser on your PC. Go: Wrench Icon –> Options –> Basics –> Default Browser. Log into all your regular password-requiring Bookmark Bar sites, to restore password cookies. At the same time, enable JavaScript on all these sites.

You’re done. You may also want to restyle various sites with Stylish.