Google’s homepage is experimenting with a minimalist concept by removing the search and “I’m feeling lucky buttons ” and fading the crucial menu. The fade is now a permanent part of the homepage as it was announce on 12/02/2009 at Google’s blog. If it gets any more simpler the homepage may disappear altogether. Other experiments include an expandable sidebar on search result (screenshot).
Video: How to stop the fade with Stylish (Firefox only.)
get addons here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2108
get styles to stop fade here: http://userstyles.org/styles/23032
Some examples of the fading are essential links like: Web, Images, Videos, Maps, News, Shopping, Gmail, more. A Youtube video shows how it looks like. A functional webpage http://www.zuneo.net/…/google-fade.html shows how the fade looks like on Firefox.
Here is my old Google homepage without the fade.
Here’s my other Google homepage without the fade with the usual big Google search bar except for some cool OSX effects, which is a retrofit of the OSX Gprime. (You could make your own homepage, see “make your own” below for more info.) Here’s the Firefox homepage. Below image is an example of the fade-in effect with missing buttons.
How to turn it off overview
For those people who want to opt-out of the fade feature you can turn it off simply by clearing your cookies if you have IE7 or under. Firefox users may want to install Greasemonkey add-on or Stylish add-on (see video.) I really recommend Stylish since I like the speed of styles and the safety of not running an executable script. There are several solutions to choose from on this page if you look around. Please take your pick.
How to stop the fade on Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer 8 users could download the homepage to your desktop or see this link. http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/disable-googles-fade-in-animation.html
An alternative way is to switch to IE7 or under (correct me if I’m wrong) or use other web browsers which Google may not be experimenting on. Clearing the cookies still work on IE6 as of 12/10/09.
Sample comments below by Youtubers and from Google help forum:
How to clear cookie on Internet Explorer (which may not work on IE8) go here or press the keys below:
Press Alt+T then release then hit O then Alt-i then release then press Enter twice.
Make your own Google homepage alternative
Make your own homepage without the fade. Why make your own homepage? First, because you can edit your own logo or text. 2nd, the fade will never come back. Download this (right click this link) and “save as” to your desktop. Right click then select “Save link (or target) as.” Save it to your desktop. Double click on that file on your desktop to open it to begin using it. If you want to see this “Google homepage alternative” where ever you go, simply save it to your webspace. It’s not perfect, since I don’t have time to work on it further. But it will get you, at least, somewhere.
Download this normal no-fade version *good choice so far
Download this no-fade version OSX Gprime bigger search bar *not finish working on it. Sadly, I linked the images from the Gprime’s website… I hope the folks at Gprime will let us use that in the mean time.
Download this no-fade version OSX Gprime classic 2005 look