Google recently rolled out a design change to their search interface. The navigation at the top linking to several Google properties, a user's Google account and other Google services has a new black background and grey font colors. This new design change has been rolled out to google.com and all country specific Google domains. You do not only find it on search pages, but other Google properties that display the bar at the top.
The contrast to the white page is extreme, and there are certainly users who would like to switch back to the original all white page layout.
Fear not, there is a way. The first thing that I do whenever a major player like Google changes their interface is to look if there is a user script to revert the changes.
In the case of Google's new black bar there is. Google Light Navbar restores the original white nav bar and blue font color on all Google pages.
Lets take a look at the new design first that you see on the Google homepage.
When you install the user script the interface will look like this instead.
The userscript works in the Firefox web browser, Google Chrome and Opera. Chrome users can simply install the script right away on the script project page.
The install button becomes active after one of the add-ons has been installed in the Internet browser.
They then need to download the script and put it into the designated directory on their computer.
The script works right away without restart. You may need to reload the Google page however in case it has already been open in the browser.
What's your opinion on the new Google black navigation bar? I personally dislike the high contrast between the black bar and the white background of the rest of the page.
Update: The userscript is not needed anymore as google is now using a white navbar instead of a black one by default. The script seems to have been pulled by its author. It is no longer available.
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