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Remove Google background image

Today I was surprised by the Google background image when I launched my browser. After I figured out that this was a permanent change, I immediately wanted to get rid of it and get to the minimalist style that I liked so much. Anyway, here are a few quick solutions to get the style back:

Update (14:30):

  • You can also disable javascript on the Google page.
  • Firefox users can use a Greasemonkey script that is nicely removing the background image. If you don’t heave Greasemonkey get it here.
  • In last case, you can just wait a few more hours since Google announced this is only a 24-hour promotion of their wallpaper future.

Update (19:09):

  • You can also block images on Google. In Firefox open the Google page: Right click on the background >> View page info >> Permissions >> Uncheck Use default and select Block. Et vĂ³ila. :)
  • Firefox users (yes, again), can try to block the image with AdBlock Plus.

Update (19:24):

Update (19:30):

  • The Google background image is removed and everything is back to normal. :D

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  1. June 10th, 2010 at 16:14 | #1

    You can also change the language to Pirate.

  2. David
    June 10th, 2010 at 16:26 | #2

    The first option did not work for me. I only get a “Change background image” option in the lower left. I even tried logging into a google account (which shouldn’t be required for someone just wanting to use google for searching), but that didn’t provide the remove option in the lower left.

    The second option does work, as does the mobile URL: http://www.google.com/m

    This is with Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP and Chrome 4.1.249.1064 (45376) on XP, on two different computers.

    Since it is apparent that Google is trying to provide the same user experience as Bing, I went to http://www.bing.com to see if they are any better at providing a user preference for removing the background image. They are not. It is the same issue there, where you have to use a special URL to remove it:

    http://www.bing.com/?rb=0

    Mobile bing (http://m.bing.com) works to get rid of the image, but doesn’t really work in a regular browser on the desktop. That is to say, searching for something like “giants” in both the regular and the mobile version gives results in the regular verison, but not in the mobile version. In other words, search doesn’t really work in the mobile version. I even tried it from my phone and it didn’t work!

    So, the good news is that Bing isn’t any better than Google. The bad news is that Google is barely better than Bing! I really don’t know what Google was thinking. What good is a search that comes back in a fraction of a second if the homepage itself takes multiple seconds to show up?!? The fade “feature” they added in the last year was bad enough, but this one is much worse. Try using this over a WAN/VPN/Remote Desktop connection!

  3. Alex
    June 10th, 2010 at 16:55 | #3

    Nice!!! First I thought some bastards hacked my computer… then I though I had a virus… only after that I realized that it is Google that lost its individuality…

    I am gonna call it now Bing-Google!!!! Uhhhh!

  4. Tachybaptus
    June 10th, 2010 at 17:53 | #4

    I’ve loaded a personal background of a large white rectangle, as a GIF which makes for a very small file. But I have to stay signed in permanently to see it, which I had no previous intention of doing.

    Google do seem to be determined to annoy and alienate their users, a pity. First that stupid noisy Pac-Man thing, now hideous images. Wish they would leave us in peace.

  5. June 10th, 2010 at 18:00 | #5

    How to remove it, and not have to use the mobile site (or secure site)

    http://gregrickaby.com/2010/06/how-to-remove-google-background-image.html

  6. Red
    June 10th, 2010 at 18:44 | #6

    Go to google.com/aol , white background :)

  7. James Jones
    June 10th, 2010 at 19:17 | #7

    @Red

    Yahoo!!!

    That’s the one for me.

    No fade-in crap, no background crap.

    Thanks a bunch.

  8. fixit man
    June 10th, 2010 at 19:17 | #8

    What worked for me;
    just use the numeric ip-address of http://www.google.com

    http://74.125.77.147

    for your safety you may check that it truely is google:
    http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/74.125.77.147

  9. James Jones
    June 10th, 2010 at 19:19 | #9

    @James Jones

    I mean of course

    google.com/aol
    google.co.uk/aol is good too

    Sorry for the confusion, new to this site.

  10. Lexx
    June 10th, 2010 at 19:26 | #10

    AdBlock Blacklist:

    IMG[id="fpdi"] http://www.google.comUnblockEdit

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