I don’t mind it so much, but a few people have told me they hate the new icon-studded search options panel that appears on the left side of Google search results by default now. To kill the sidebar, try the Google Classic or Remove Google Sidebar Greasemonkey user scripts. Update: There’s also the Hide Google options extension for Firefox and Chrome. (Thanks, Ken!)
I have the opposite desire. I like the “everything bar” on the left, but Google only opens the colorful icons that apply to my specific search.
Is there a user script anywhere to force it to expand and always be visible?