Usability Booster for Google Ads optimizers for the new user interface

Add-on for Firefox and Chrome to improve the Google Ads website for managing Google Ads advertisements.

Last update: 2018-08-31 v2.0.5

This version is just for the new Google Ads interface.

JavaScript / Angular Expert? We need your help!

There are some basic technical problems when implementing the Usability Booster for the new interface. If you are well versed in event handling in JavaScript and/or Angular, we would be very happy if you could help us to overcome this hurdle so that we can further develop the Usability Booster.

  • Problem 1:
    $(document).on("keydown", function(){console.log("keydown in document");}); will never be executed
  • Problem 2:
    $(document).click(function() {console.log("click in document");}); will be executed outside e.g. the campaign table - but we need the event inside the table:-(
  • Problem 3:
    $ to simulate a click on a "checkbox" only works until you click somewhere with the mouse once.

So that you can understand the problem and hopefully develop a solution, I (Holger Schulz) put a Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey extension online for developers.
Please install Tampermonkey (for Chrome) or Greasemonkey (for FIrefox) first (if you don't already use the Usability Booster) and then install the following userscript for debugging: Usabiltiy Booster Debug

To test problem 3
Please go to the campaign overview and reload the page (F5 on Windows). Then hold down the Shift key and move the mouse over the table. Now the checkboxes at the front should be activated when moving over the rows. If you hold down Ctrl, checkboxes should be deactivated.
If this works, please click somewhere in the AdWords interface with the mouse.
Now activating/deactivating the checkboxes no longer works for me:-(

Thank you very much for your support

    Holger Schulz (

 Good reasons to install the Usability Booster

Standard tasks for every Google Ads optimizer can be done faster and more comfortable.
  • You can change the keyword match type of all new keywords with a single click - including modified broad match. (screenshot)
  • You can edit new keywords faster and more comfortable.
  • Many fields are wider so the whole content becomes visible.
  • Coloured tables improves the clearness. Every colour convey a meaning. (optional)
  • Less eye movement by mouse over tooltips.
  • Less mouse movement because you can select and unselect a checkbox at the left side of a table by clicking anywhere in the row.


If a page in the Google Ads interface is opened with the installed Usability Booster, the script is automatically active. Currently the script expands some CSS definitions in the <head> area in order to enlarge specific input fields. The Usability Booster enables Alt/Ctrl clicks on words in text input fields as well.

 Installation in two steps

Step 1: Install Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey in your browser

Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey are browser enhancements that make it possible to customize websites with your own scripts. Click on the link for your browser.



For Chrome, you will need the
"Extension Tampermonkey".
On the Extension website just click on "ADD TO CHROME".
For Firefox, you will need the
"Add-On Greasemonkey".
On the Add-On website just click on "Add to Firefox" .


For Opera, you will need the "Add-on Tampermonkey".
On the Add-On website just click on"add to Opera".

Step 2: Install Usability Booster userscript

If Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey have been installed in the browser, just click on this link:
Install Usabiltiy Booster for Google Ads
Usability Booster userscript will be installed on demand.
After installation please reload the Google Ads page (Ctrl + F5) to activate the Usability Booster.
If you'd like, you can, of course, also copy the JavaScript files to the clipboard and manually set up a userscript in Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey. Just click on the button and select not to install the script.

Step 3: Plus and share this page

Friends of you might find the Usability Booster useful as well.
A little click from you for your friends and as motivation for us to continue development:-)

 How do I see that Usability Booster is active?

AdWords Usability Booster
A new coloured icon appears at the top right side of every Google Ads page.

 How can I switch Usability Booster off?

Click on the coloured icon to switch features on and off or to turn off the Usability Booster completely. The browser extensions Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey install a new icon on the right side of the adress bar in your browser. There you can switch the extension on and off and uninstall the Usability Booster. Please give feedback why!:-)

 Make suggestions for improvement/contribute to development

We hope that as many people as possible will contribute to the Usability Booster for Google Ads, whether with suggestions or with enhancements to the userscript. We are happy to incorporate these suggestions and enhancements so that the improvements are then available to all users of the Usability Booster.
so they can be discussed there. Those who have made improvements to the userscript or who encounter issues with it are welcome to send this information directly to me, Holger Schulz.


The Usability Booster can be used by anyone at no charge as a browser add-on. Use is granted without guarantee or liability. Links to this page are welcome but redistribution of the Usability Booster code or derived code is prohibited. Copyright data-inside GmbH.
Link to this page

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Since the URL is a bit long in posts and on slides, we created this short URL:


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