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I am at work, and wanted to Google something, but then I saw the Halloween Doodle (and I played with it). Now I have no idea what I was searching for.

How can I disable Google's doodle, to stop it from slowing down my productivity?

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There's no official way to disable it. Here are some options:

  • Disable JavaScript in your browser. This will however heavily influence the functionality of all web applications.

  • Go to google.com/firefox instead. It just gives you a different start page, but the results will be the same.

  • Click Change Background Image in the bottom left and set any image you like. You could even upload a simple white image to your Picasa account and use that.

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I don't know what Google are thinking - here's how I solved it in Firefox, with the Adblocker add-on.

Go to the Adblock pulldown and select 'Filter Preferences'. Select 'Ad blocking rules' in the left box. On the right click 'Add filter' and input http://www.google.com/logos/*

Alternatively use: https://duckduckgo.com/

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DuckDuckGo now has it's own doodles too. –  user57397 Jan 20 at 19:35
    
searx is another search engine which proxies results from google and presents them to you. stats.searx.oe5tpo.com is list of public "searx" instances -you are free to set up your own searx- and their health reports. if you check you can see searx is quite minimal in design, and you can also get result export in csv and more formats. another similar metasearch which is specialized to google is ixquick.com –  naxa 1 hour ago

Google is the default web search engine in both Firefox and Chrome, which means that you do not need to visit google.com to search.

Just type whatever you want to search for in the address bar and press enter. If whatever you have entered doesn't matched the format of a wesite/webpage, it would take you to the Google Search result page of the text.

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+1 I always do this, so I save 1 page load each time, and I never see the doodles. –  nic Sep 27 '13 at 7:51

Just install the Adblock Plus add-on and add this rule:

http://www.google.com/logos/*

This solution works for me.

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Accept as answer if it works for you –  Salman Jul 22 at 15:31

The encrypted google page is devoid of doodles: https://encrypted.google.com

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I just went there and the doodle is front and center. –  phantom42 Dec 31 '13 at 20:01

The tenacity of the corporate mindset to dictate people's behavior is incredible. The encrypted google page also now has the doodles. The trick of using google.com/logos/* in adblock plus apparently doesn't work anymore.

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