Hate the Black Bar in Google.com and Search Pages – Here’s How To Remove It

Google recently launched a new design which sports a new Black menu bar with grey colored text. The new menu bar is an eyesore and is being hated by many people.

No Black Bar in Google Search

If you are someone who does not like the new design change by Google, here are few ways to disable or change it back to an earlier version with white background and blue links (coming soon). Right now you completely disable the black menu bar on all Google pages.

The trick uses a script so you will need a compatible browser or user a workaround to run Greasemonkey scripts in Opera, Internet Explorer or Safari.

Like I said, right now I just hide the bar completely, but I am working on modifying the script to change the black bar to an earlier version of Google. Stay tuned for updates on this post to know when it has been updated. I have tested the script and it works in , and . I am still testing it in Internet Explorer 9.

In the meantime, have fun without the ugly black bar in Google Search. You can download and install the Google Black Bar hider script from here.

Update: You can also return back to the classic toolbar for Google by installing this script.



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  • Mia

    There’s a great firefox extension “stylish” that gives you what ever style you like. For example:
    works for chrome too!! :)

    refined dark menu:

    white menu:

  • Hey thanks for the tip! Is there a way to remove the online shopping bars from the browser. I left my laptop running and my 6 year old nephew installed a bunch of crap on it. Any ideas?

  • chris

    Okay, so I’ve been pouring over at least 5 different webpages which promise to give me a script to disable the ugly black google bar. One page just leads to another and never have I once seen the illusive script! WTF!? Feels like a scavenger hunt!

    • Bootsy

      I know, right? I just left the same message.

  • noob

    How about an alteration to also remove the new blue “you’re invited to Google+” arrow?

    • John

      Ad-block will get rid of the blue arrow

  • John

    Keith, you are brilliant.

    I always liked google because it was a simple interface.

    They ruined it with that ugly black bar and the blue arrow.

    They should leave well alone. Thank god for people like you!

  • David Clarke

    It also removes the search box from the results page, making Google almost useless. Wrong! had to remove it. (Using Startpage anyway now, more secure, more private)

  • chixa

    Look. I made the mistake of updating Google in my Samsung Ace Android and the Search bar turned black and white. I don’t know how to come back to the original one. Can you please help. It looks horrible! what is wrong with Google they don’t want to spice people’s life anymore?

  • simon

    this does not work for me! Also a lot of spam programs get downloaded when I click on your download button! The black bar is still here tho!

  • Elar Grigorjev

    here is very goog tut also check out this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szs94BYCgvI

  • Bootsy

    Thanks for clearly pointing out where the script is. I go back and forth between two pages that say get script here and nothing.

  • Sadly it doesnt work any longer.

  • Gertjan Fietsbel

    Or NEVER install “proper menu bar” (pictogram = black square with white plus / + in it)

  • John Francis

    I don’t know what I did to get this black google bar across the google homepage – it shows up in Firefox but not Internet Explorer. Most of the comments here are from years a go, I need updated info on how to get rid of this black bar. Thank you.