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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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At this time situation is even worst as the Google's doodles are displayed in Google web search results, in the Chrome new tab, in Google Now... ;) – Rubén Sep 1 at 22:59

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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 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*

Alternatively use:

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DuckDuckGo now has it's own doodles too. – user57397 Jan 20 '14 at 19:35
searx is another search engine which proxies results from google and presents them to you. 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 ui 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 – n611x007 Dec 21 '14 at 14:35

Google is the default web search engine in both Firefox and Chrome, which means that you do not need to visit 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
Firefox changed its default search engine. See… – Rubén Sep 1 at 22:54

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

This solution works for me.

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Here is a solution I use in Internet Explorer 11. IE will use the default search provider to search from the address bar. I set Google as the default search provider, never need to browse to and thus avoid the doodle.

In the upper right corner of Internet Explorer click the Tools icon (looks like a gear) then select Manage add-ons. Select Search Providers in the Add-on Types list. If Google is in the list, right click on the entry and select Set at default.

If Google is not in the list, click Find more search providers... at the bottom of the window. This will take you to the Internet Explorer Gallery where you can select additional IE add-ons. Select Google Search in the list of Add-ons then click the Add to Internet Explorer button.

Check the box next to Make this my default search provider and click Add. Close the Manage Add-ons window.

Now you can search directly from the address bar. Don't bother going to

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The encrypted google page is devoid of doodles:

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

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