Today, the Google Apps bar went to black. How do you change it back to white?

Google black bar


This is a design change that Google have recently implemented that allegedly focus on three design principles:

  • Focus: With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we’re bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way.

  • Elasticity: The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from your desktop computer to your mobile phone to your tablet, while keeping a consistent visual experience. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing style or usefulness.

  • Effortlessness: Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean. But behind the seemingly simple design, the changes use new technologies to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you.

More information can be found on these changes here:

At the moment there isn't any option in your Google account to switch back the styles. There is this Userscript that will hide the bar for you completely.

The userscript will more than likely change in the very near future to replace the black styling back to the original white styling:

Script Summary:

Hides the annoying Black Bar from Google Search pages. More updates coming soon to replace the current styles with older one
Further details on the Script homepage


The script has now been updated to remove the black styling and revert back to the old white and blue style.

This script can be found here

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  • What about "The Client Is Always Right" principle? – Michał Kuliński Jun 29 '11 at 9:21
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    Ha! This is Google - they are always right! ;) – codingbadger Jun 29 '11 at 10:59
  • @Coola: The problem is that there is more than one client now and making everything customizable makes it inconsistent and hard to manage. – neo Jun 29 '11 at 11:02

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