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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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/
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.
There's no official way to disable it. Here are some options:
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.
Just install the Adblock Plus add-on and add this rule:
This solution works for me.
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 google.com 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 google.com.
This is what I did to disable the doodles in the Chrome browser:
To disable them in the new tab page, I went to
chrome://flags and set
#use-google-local-ntpto Enabled and
Like someone else suggested, to avoid seeing them on startup I set one of the tabs to this:
A Google employee pointed out that you can search from an empty results page and not see any Doodles:
It works for me on my phone, where I can't use Adblock etc.
(It's bizarre how Google's original page was specifically designed to not have any crud like this, and now they go out of their way to force it on us.)
I don't know if your question is still valid, but I came across this post written by Grant Winney recently:
If installing another browser extension is fine for you, then I recommend you to check
Hide Doodles. Grant created an extension available for
Chrome (which by definition should also work inside the
Brave browser since it natively supports Chrome extensions).
If you are want to signal any bugs, have any suggestions or just want to have a look at the source code of his extension, you can head to the github page of his project at the link below:
The encrypted google page is devoid of doodles: https://encrypted.google.com