Disable Google Search Fade In Homepage

Martin Brinkmann
May 13, 2010
Updated • Jan 29, 2015
Internet, userscripts

Are you one of those users who does not like the new Google Search homepage?

The one that only displays the search form and Google logo until you move the mouse for the first time? It hides all other menu items on the website and displays them only to you once you move the mouse.

If you answered the above question with yes you may want to take a closer look at the Disable Google Fade-In userscript which brings back the old Google Search interface where all elements are displayed on page load.

We have tested the userscript in Firefox and Google Chrome where it worked exactly as advertised.

It might also work in other web browsers that support userscripts (Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera).

Google Chrome users can install the userscript right away by visiting its Userscripts page. Firefox users on the other hand need to install the Greasemonkey extension before they can install the userscript in their web browser.

The old Google Search interface will immediately be available on google.com and all localized Google search engines.

Google users who want to restore the old Google search results pages as well can take a closer look at Old Google, another userscript, that removes the Google Search sidebar from the search result pages.

Update: The Disable Google Fade-In userscript has not been updated since July 2010. It as a consequence is not working anymore. I have removed the link from this guide as it makes no sense to link to a script that is not working anymore.

Google in the meantime has changed their start page's layout several times. The fade-in appears to be gone, replaced by a page that is showing all page elements directly on the screen on load, and not only after the user activates some of them.


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  1. Dwight Stegall said on May 21, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I have all 8 of my browsers set up Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” as the default search. Then I use keywords in almost all of them to access the other search engines. Then I have bookmarked every link on the Google homepage. I can’t remember the last time I saw the Google homepage. Searching in your browser search bar or address bar is much faster and you won’t care what the homepage looks like.

  2. Bruno ReX said on May 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    This seems a small thing for someone that does not use Google all the time, but this fade in has been bothering me for quite some time, thank you for this tip, Martin.

  3. Muhammad Najem said on May 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks Martin . In my opinion the olld Google look was much better than the new one . I remember when they first made this new look I thought that the page hasn’t finished loading yet , but when I had moved the mouse the rest of the page appeared so I noticed that it’s a new look and didn’t like it :( .

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