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Remove / Disable / Stop Google fade

Google has recently introduced some JavaScript to their front end that hides the Sign In and Account information; most people dislike this new “feature” (we’re not fans), so here’s how to quickly get rid of it.

Quick Google Fade Fix for ALL Browsers

Simply change your homepage to: http://www.google.com/ig
or
Country specific eg: http://www.google.co.uk/ig

Do this by navigating to:
Browser Toolbar > Tools > Options > Main > Home Page
That’s all you really need to do, to get around the Google Fade in problem, there is a more in-depth fix below, for those seeking a tad more “geekiness” ;)

 

Alternatively, the Complete Fix

If you wish to have a complete fix for your Browser, then follow these 2 steps:

Step 1/2

Install the Greasemonkey Add-on
Found here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748

Step 2/2

After you have installed the Greasemonkey add-on and restarted your browser, simply navigate to this page:
http://userscripts.org/scripts/source/63436.user.js and install the Google fade removal tool.

That’s it, your all done!

Happy surfing, without that annoying fade in!

Let us know how you get on with a comment below below.

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16 Comments

  1. James December 6, 2009

    I happen to like the fade. If you want to use any of the links on the page, they reappear quick enough.

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  3. richie December 6, 2009

    Thanks a lot for this, it has been annoying me since it arrived. When you have 50+ Gmail accounts for clients, those extra seconds really add up!

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  5. moohoo December 6, 2009

    Cool - I found this fixed another problem I had with FF not storing passwords properly… must have been something to do wiv tha JScript! :D

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  7. T December 7, 2009

    Thank you, that Google Fade in was REALLY annoying!

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  9. Matt December 8, 2009

    Yeah google fades are pointless, I have IE8, yes I quite like IE8.. anyway anyone found a fix for this with IE8?

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  11. Ex Google user December 8, 2009

    This Google fade thing sucks! Cheers for sorting.

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  13. Roger December 8, 2009

    Going to start using bing instead.

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  15. Mark December 9, 2009

    I’m using: http://www.google.com/search?q=%12
    as my homepage now. Works on all browsers.

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  17. admin December 9, 2009

    Nice one Mark; that’s a neat alternative for all Browsers and those who don’t want to install the Add-on / Script.

    I will add that to the main Article.

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  19. Roger Freeman December 12, 2009

    Using http://www.google.com/search?q=%12 is all very well but if you want a country-specific starting point (google.co.uk for eample) which allows you to search the .com or .co.uk TDs, it is not so helpful. I haven’t found a “.co.uk” equivalent yet.

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  21. admin December 12, 2009

    Good point Roger, now found an easier method, please see article.

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  23. Mark December 16, 2009

    Roger:
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?&q=+

    Works for me.

    also,

    http://www.google.com/search?&q=+

    Is a little shorter and does not put a box in the search field on some browsers.

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  25. Mark December 16, 2009

    The problem with www.google.com/ig is that it put a lot of other junk on the page and take significantly longer to come up. One of the great things about google in the past has been how quick the page came up.

    Another possible drawback to either /ig or http://www.google.co.uk/search?&q=+ is that you will not longer get to see the day specific Google logos. But I would rather have fast access to the top links everyday.

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  27. Antilope January 1, 2010

    If you don’t want the fade in feature, just link to the Google Advanced Search page instead. The Google Advanced Search page doesn’t have the fade in feature (yet).

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  29. Michael June 2, 2010

    I’m using the firefox start page (you dont have to use the firefox browser)

    http://www.google.co.uk/firefox

    Everything is there plus the fade has gone.

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  31. tas July 21, 2010

    Another possible drawback to either /ig or http://www.google.co.uk/search?&q=+ is that you will not longer get to see the day specific Google logos. But I would rather have fast access to the top links everyday.

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