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How to Enable The Extremely Minimalist Google Webpage

October 8, 2009

Earlier this week TechCrunch wrote about an experimental new homepage that Google has been rolling out to a small subset of users that takes the search giant’s obsession with minimalism to the extreme. The page features exactly two elements: Google’s famous logo, and its search box. That is, until you move your mouse, when a nifty fade effect reveals with rest of Google’s standard navigation options. Alas, most people don’t have the option enabled, and are forced to endure’s ‘beefy’ 30+ words at all times.

This morning Google Blogoscoped posted a special snippit of code that you can copy and paste into your browser to enable the new minimalist design. But that version falls short of greatness: it includes the “Google Search” and “I’m Feeling Lucky” buttons. For those looking for the ultimate in austere, these buttons are little more than ugly blemishes marring an otherwise perfect design. Fortunately, I’ve gotten my hands on the code for the version of the homepage that excludes the buttons.

To use it, head over to and paste the following code snippet into your address bar, then hit return and reload the page.


*Note that this may not work for all browsers. Leave a comment below stating what ones work/don’t work.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2009 10:45 PM

    Not working firefox
    Is it only cut & paste to an address bar?

  2. October 10, 2009 5:59 AM

    not working on Mozilla Firefox.

  3. October 12, 2009 8:08 PM

    Didn’t work on Firefox for Mac or Safari for Mac 😦
    But looks cool 😀

  4. Mark Birn permalink
    October 21, 2009 7:06 PM

    Not working on Chrome..

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