In this tutorial we will look at how to quickly and effectively disable the overly large and intrusive arrow that is currently on the Google HomePage.
Note: If you have landed here because you wanted to remove the big blue bar instead, please see this tutorial.
The reason that the new home page has this current animation is to advertise the fact that Google+ has now come out of private beta and is now in public beta (anyone can sign up as long as you are over 18 and have a Gmail account, although hopefully this will change) You should really try Google+ as it’s very impressive and has been constantly updated (in a good way) from day 1. The animated arrow will still show on your homepage even if you have been using Google+ since the very beginning, which I’m hoping they will fix.
To stop this from happening you just have to change your current Home Page from http://www.Google.com to the SSL version (Secure Sockets Layer) which is https://encrypted.google.com/ Note the ‘s’ on the end of http. This simply means that it uses end-to-end SSL encryption which helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party. For more information on this visit the official SSL Search article here.
Change your Homepage in Google Chrome (v 14.0.835.186 m)
Click the Tool icon in the top right hand corner of your browser window and select Options.
Once you have selected Options the main options window will open up on the Basics screen
At the top of the window select the Open the homepage option, then below that next to the heading Homepage, make sure Open this page is checked. Change the default homepage from http://www.google.com to https://encrypted.google.com/
You don’t have to hit Save or anything, just exit out and open a new page. You will now no longer see the Big Blue Arrow. You will also notice that although the black line is still present, the links on the top left are gone, which I actually like.
Change the homepage in Firefox (v 6.0.2)
Either hit the ALT key (this only works in Firefox and IE, not Chrome) to bring up your main options and go Tools>Options or hit the drop down arrow at the top left of your browser window and select Tools>Options>Options.
Now let’s do it in Internet Explorer (v 9.0)
Either hit the ALT key (this only works in Firefox and IE, not Chrome) to bring up your main options and go Tools>Internet Options or at the top right hand corner of your browser window, select the Cog icon and then Internet Options
That’s it. Hopefully this will change and won’t show soon, but until then this work around will work.
[Update] Google have now fixed this issue, so you can change your homepage back if you wish. Personally I’d keep using the SSL version as it is safer.