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How to Hide the Black Google Bar or Change it Back to White

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If you’re not a fan of the new black Google toolbar that is a component of Google+ you can use one of these simple hacks to turn the Google bar back to white or to hide it altogether. These tweaks will also return the sidebar to a standard white and blue color scheme.

For more on why this change is happening, check out Why the Google bar is black and our closer look at the new Google+ social service which is a part of the design changes happening across Google.

How to Change the Google Bar Back to White

If you don’t like the new Google black bar you can change it back to white by using a simple Greasemonkey script. A Greasemonkey script is a small piece of code which many browsers can use to alter the way you see a webpage, allowing you to customize the look and feel of the page.

Google Bar Black to White

How to Change the Google from Bar Black to White.

The Google Bar Classic Greasemonkey script is a free download that will turn your Google toolbar back to white and will change your left side links back to white as well. There are still a few red colored elements in the left hand navigation area to prevent the script from failing on international versions. This script works in Chrome, Opera, FireFox and is under testing in Internet Explorer 9.

How to Hide the Black Google Bar

If you prefer to hide the black bar from the main Google search page completely, you can use this Greasemonkey script to hide the new Google black bar from Google.com. This script won’t remove the toolbar from other Google pages which normally sport the quick access to Google tools and apps.

How To Use Greasemonkey Scripts

If you use FireFox or Google Chrome for your browser you are already set up to use GreaseMonkey scripts. If you are using one of these two browsers you can click install on the script page and the browser will handle the rest for you.

If you want to use them in another browser like Opera, Internet Explorer or Safari you should look at this guide to running Greasemonkey scripts in alternate browsers.

How To Change the Black Bar to Any Color

You can also change the Google black bar to any color you want with a Google Chrome Extension.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

27 Comments

  1. Jeffchapin

    06/30/2011 at 5:06 pm

    I switched to http://www.ixquick.com/ because it looks like Google use to.

    • Jwmtb

      07/02/2011 at 2:06 pm

      Ditto. Ixquick is much more visually appealing that the new Google look.

  2. Deanna Lee

    06/30/2011 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That black bar is one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.

  3. DRV11

    06/30/2011 at 11:54 pm

    Why should we have to download a script to remove it? That’s worse than the black bar itself…they should make it as simple as removing or hiding any other toolbar. The only reason they don’t is because they’re trying to get away with manipulation. Goodbye Google.

    • Pluna

      12/06/2011 at 11:30 am

      I agree with you

  4. Rio Akasaka

    07/01/2011 at 1:34 am

    You can actually change it to any color you want with a free plugin here:

    http://www.rioleo.org/google-plus-bar-color-changer-extension.php

  5. Anonymous

    07/01/2011 at 8:50 am

    Just one more nail in google’s coffin. Remember how nice google images used to be? Nothing like fixing what isn’t broke.

  6. Anonymous

    07/01/2011 at 9:42 pm

    I like the black bar!

  7. Aronald

    07/02/2011 at 6:20 am

    First they forced the Google Instant and now this. It will just get worse–they have lost their way. More is sure to come. The question is, at what point to cut bait and walk away.

  8. David C Williams

    07/02/2011 at 7:10 pm

    “Just one more nail in google’s coffin. Remember how nice google images used to be? Nothing like fixing what isn’t broke.”

    Seriously!!  How the hell did the new Google Images get through 5 minutes of testing??  It’s horrible in every way imaginable.

  9. David C Williams

    07/02/2011 at 7:10 pm

    “Just one more nail in google’s coffin. Remember how nice google images used to be? Nothing like fixing what isn’t broke.”

    Seriously!!  How the hell did the new Google Images get through 5 minutes of testing??  It’s horrible in every way imaginable.

  10. Daffodil Finesmith

    07/03/2011 at 2:30 am

    Try this- http://www.google.cm/  (it’s the Camaroon google- viewable in French or English)

    • hblsurfr1

      01/02/2012 at 10:44 pm

      THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…looks like the original!! no more black bars!!

  11. yellowcroft

    07/03/2011 at 2:18 pm

    Help !
    How do I ‘click instal on the script page’ ?

  12. Gambleonme22

    07/04/2011 at 2:23 am

    I went back to Yahoo.  Google, good bye!  I don’t like games they play and I hated the black bar. I should not have to download another program to make this change. Bye!

  13. Frank Lee

    07/12/2011 at 3:57 pm

    It appears the Microsoft mole they installed at Google is working his/her magic! Getting the Google execs to make stupid changes by offering sexual favors sure worked for Microsoft this time!
     

  14. Ggg

    07/17/2011 at 1:33 am

    How to change the black thing in IE9?

  15. Mike Evans

    07/22/2011 at 4:30 pm

    Google is mixing http://www.yahoo.com with http://www.blackl.com/black-google.html . Not long before they add a pretty image just like Bing.

  16. V G

    09/04/2011 at 10:12 am

    What a piece of crap this _uking black color of bar. It really explode my nerves. I”l find soon or late solution or I’ll change search engine.

  17. Libra24

    09/23/2011 at 11:27 pm

    Daffodil Finesmith 2 months ago Try this- http://www.google.cm/  (it’s the Camaroon google- viewable in French or English) Too easy, couldn’t believe it. Thanks!!

  18. Judyl

    12/03/2011 at 6:53 am

    That black is horrible. I’ve already changed my home page back to MSN.com.

  19. joeri

    01/20/2012 at 9:49 am

    Here is how I removed/disabled the black navigation bar without installing any plugins or use any scripts (it is very easy!):
    http://tweakdump.blogspot.com/2011/11/lean-google-homepage.html

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