Prettify the Web with Sssimpli's Favorite Userstyles

Among those who know me, it's hardly a secret that I'm a bit OCD- espcially when it comes to computing. I like things pixel perfect- and the web is no different. It is, after all, 2012, and there's simply no excuse for an ugly, unreadable website. So how is one to combat the atrocious designs that are still too plentiful on the web? The appropriately named Stylish can help.

Stylish is an addon for Firefox and Chrome that manages userstyles, small pieces of CSS that can transform anything from your browser itself to a website, from userstyles.org. (If you're using another browser, the process of installing userstyles can get a bit tricky, but a bit of Googling should help you get the job done.) First, of course, you need to install Stylish. If you're unfamiliar with the addon, read this tutorial for Google Chrome, or watch the following video for the Firefox guide:


Once Stylish is installed, we can begin installing styles. Let's start with some of my favorites:

Google Calendar Autohide Tool Palette

This style simply hides the tool palette on the left side of Google Calendar until you mouse over the left edge.

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Google Hide Footer

This one's quite simple- it just removes the footer (the links at the bottom of the page) from Google's homepage:

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Google+ Simply Wide Content

This style removes the cluttered right sidebar from Google+, extending the width of the main stream to provide a cleaner reading experience:

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Google Voice Cleanup

Okay- last Google style, I promise. This one removes the clutter from Google Voice.

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Minka Kelly Tumblr

This style gives Tumblr a clean white background with a transparent fixed overlay:

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New Techmeme Compactor and Techeme - Improved Readability

These two styles, in combination, vastly improve the readability of the tech news aggregator Techmeme.

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Simplenote Remove Border

This one expands the note area in Simplenote to the page edges, making the site feel more like a native app.

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Pinboard - Less Stark, More Appish

Pinboard.in is the best bookmarking site out there, but it can be a bit bland. This style provides quite a makeover:

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Test Reddit Minimal

It doesn't get much more dramatic than this change for the popular news site Reddit:

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Wikipedia - perfect. clean. readable. printable.


Few sites are more useful- or more jumbled- than Wikipedia. This style cleans it up very nicely:

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That wraps it up for my favorites! Are there any userstyles you can't live without? Share 'em in the comments.

Update: Makeuseof has gone slightly more in-depth on this topic here.