Remove the Google Background Image
Ok so anyone that uses Google has probably noticed by now that you can change the background image of Google.com and set it to something you’d like. Today though people are finding a surprise; whether they set an image or not the Google background picture has changed!
Check out the absolute disaster of a background image in the above screenshot, not only is it just weird but it actually makes using Google.com really difficult, what on earth is that supposed to be anyway? …Moving along, here are some solutions to get around this Google background pic fiasco.
Use Google SSL instead of regular Google
Google SSL is the same as your regular Google.com except that all data sent between your browser and Google is encrypted through an SSL connection (note the https in the URL). As of this writing, Google SSL does NOT have the custom background images.
Removing the Google Background Image by Changing it
If you are determined to be using Google.com and you just don’t want the custom background pictures, well, just customize it to a white background!
- Click on the “Add background image” link on the lower corner of Google.com
- Select “Editor Picks” from the list on the left of the popup
- Scroll to the bottom of the list and select White as a color
Keep in mind Google’s random whacky background picture changes will stop changing themselves on their own in 24 hours (supposedly).
Use Firefox or a foreign Google search
Try Google.co.uk if you’re a native English speaker, as of this writing the Google Local sites outside of the USA do not contain the weird background pictures.
You can also use the Firefox default Google search URL at:
Remove the custom background image
From June 11 onward you should be able to just click the ‘Remove background image’ link at the bottom corner of Google.com and everything will be the same again.
I always preferred the minimalist style of Google, but I’m happy with the custom background picture I set on my homepage.