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Google Search adds Background Image

Everyone seems to like Bing’s background image implementation that changes every single day. Well apparently Google also ‘liked’ the idea and rolled it out in the Google Search home page. Sadly it received a lot of backlash initially as it automatically started showing those background images and users were unable to change/remove them. Many thought that this was a permanent change from Google. Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP of Search later explained that there was a bug that caused this issue and Google has stopped this experiment for the time being.

But personally I really liked the original idea of being able to change & personalize the Google Search background as per your choice. I think many users would like the idea of having their own/family or any photo for that matter in the Google search home page. It sort of gives them the same experience as they get from their Desktop wallpaper. Now our life and our use of computer is mostly constricted inside a browser, so it makes sense to have a nice background image for our browser’s desktop – Google! Every time when I’m in front of my PC, I do see Google’s Home page/search page more than my desktop wallpaper.

How to add a Background Image in Google Home Page

If you wish to add a nice background image in the Google homepage and get rid of the boring plain white background, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1: Firstly of all sign in to your Google Account in the top right corner of the Google homepage. Your background will be set in the account level, thus regardless of which browser/computer you use, your background image will always show up as soon as you sign in to your Google Account.

Step 2: Click Change background image in the bottom left corner of the Google homepage.

Step 3: Choose where to select your background image. Currently Google gives you 4 options as follows:
– From my computer: You can select an image that is saved on your computer.
– My Picasa Web photos: You can select an image from your Picasa Web Albums.
– Public gallery: You can also select from public photos featured in Picasa Web Albums.
– Editor’s picks: Select from a set of Google recommended images.

Step 4: Once you’ve chosen your image, click Select at the bottom of the window. You are done! Your selected background image should appear in the Google home page instantly.

This is how my current Google homepage looks like:

Google Background Image - How to

If you wish to remove the background image from google’s home page at any time, simply click on the remove link on the bottom left corner. (I have highlighted the link in the screenshot).

So do you like this new feature? Show off your Google home page!


So, what do you think ?