How To Change Black Google Nav-bar Back To White Nav-bar [Quick Tip]

Google has launched a number of changes including a black nav-bar with gray font color, the navigation bar present at the top, which links to many Google services. But for many users this contrasting change is unacceptable unlike many who loved it. They want to get back good old white navigation bar. For those users who wants to get back the old interface, here’s a very quick tip (actually a userscript).

Google Light Navbar userscript restores back the original white nav-bar and blue font color on all Google pages. The userscript works in the Firefox, Chrome and Opera web browser. Here’s how to get the userscript working on your favorite browser.

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New black nav-bar

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Old white nav-bar back after using the script

Simply download Google Light Navbar userscript from http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/105735 and install it.

Firefox users will first need to install Greasemonkey or Scriptish add-on before they can install and use the script.

Chrome users can directly visit the userscript page and install it to instantly use it.

Opera users will need to specify a directory on their computer where they put userscript in, if they haven’t done so already.

You can do so by clicking on the Opera button, than on Settings, Preferences, Advanced, Content, JavaScript Options. Now browse to specify the directory. Download the script and put it into the directory specified for use.

The userscript works without restarting the browser. If you are having the page open already, you may need to reload the page to see the changes in effect.

The author of the script also mentions that the user is free to customize the nav-bar color to any color of their choice.

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For changing the color, click on the spanner icon on the far right of the bar and click on the colors to change the hex values of the colors. [via]

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  • http://www.tipsotricks.com Zain

    This was much needed!
    It looks ugly .. a black toolbar on plain white page. Thanks for this.

  • Alexandra Lawrenz @ TuneUp

    Thanks for this tip! I was just asking my colleagues if their Google navigation bar had changed as well. I think I like the new black look, but I am still getting used to it. It’s nice to know there is a way to change it back though just in case I get tired of it! Do you think Google will offer any additional colors?

    • http://www.mytechguide.org/ Mezanul

      I too like the new look… I don’t think Google will offer any additional colors though.

  • http://www.rioleo.org Rio

    I made a Chrome extension that lets you change the color of the Google Plus bar because the gray is utterly boring (imho). The default color is green, but you can find more alternative styles.

    On the Chrome Web store:
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ihcajgllegdnicfaifgajlkeigeemhhd

    or for more colors:
    http://www.rioleo.org/google-plus-bar-color-changer-extension.php

    Cheers!