Update Firefox’s search bar with new Google favicon

Search bar with new Google search iconHave you noticed the new Google search favicon? I am not sure if Google intends to keep it forever but I like the refresh.

You can update the Firefox’s default Google search plugin to show the new Google search icon:

  1. Locate the searchplugins folder in your Firefox install folder. (typically C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ on Windows).
  2. Open the google.xml file with a text editor.
  3. Locate a section that starts with <Image width=”16″ height=”16″>. You will see it is followed by a long series of characters (the encoded Google icon).
  4. Replace it with this equally unreadable code: the new encoded Google icon. Ensure the closing </Image> stays there.
  5. Save the file and restart Firefox.

Enjoy a fresh new Google search icon!

24 Comments

  1. Pascal May 31, 2008 4:39 am 

    I tried it with Flock 1.2, Firefox 2.0.0.14 and Firefox 3.0 RC1 it isn’t working

    My OS is Vista SP 1

  2. foxiewire.com May 31, 2008 6:02 am 

    Update Firefox’s search bar with new Google favicon – Mozilla Links…

    Have you noticed the new Google search favicon? I am not sure if Google intends to keep it forever but I like the refresh. You can update the Firefox’s default Google search plugin to show the new Google search icon:…

  3. Morbus May 31, 2008 6:25 am 

    It’s really ugly, and even though it doesn’t bother me a bit (as I have ALL my search favicons customized a long time ago), it’s surprisingly dumb how google doesn’t work with alpha channels for transparencies on their favicons…

    If anyone cares:

    Edit: I’m replacing the posted data URI with a link to it: Google’s Blue capital G icon. Percy

  4. gxg May 31, 2008 6:52 am 

    Nice, I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I’ve saw the new favicon.
    Thanks!

  5. Starr May 31, 2008 11:10 am 

    Works in Mac OS X, too.

    Thanks.

  6. David Naylor May 31, 2008 11:57 am 

    Nice tip, but I’ve gotta say, it doesn’t look very Googley!

  7. Andrew May 31, 2008 8:27 pm 

    I don’t have a google.xml file :(

  8. Jordan June 1, 2008 6:06 pm 

    if you’re running windows vista, make sure you launch your text editor in administrator mode.

  9. Andrew June 2, 2008 12:39 am 

    I got it to work on my Vista machine… I like the new logo. It’s something new and fresh. It also looks like the second g in the GOOGLE logo

  10. funTomas June 3, 2008 12:22 pm 

    A-ha, now gPhone makes sense. Smart PR Googlers indeed.

  11. Fitch June 26, 2008 3:48 pm 

    Andrew: the instructions are wrong, it’s in C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\ on Windows

  12. Firefox 3 tip: search boxçš„icon换成Google的新标志 - Kukoo's Blog July 22, 2008 9:01 am 

    [...] Google前一段时间,把favicon给换了,从原来的一个大G,换成了现在的一个小g。 Firefox 3 中,浏览器的地址栏上已经可以看到这个变化,但是搜索框中的Google标志,还是原来的大G。 想要换吗? MozillaLinks给了一个小窍门:修改搜索框插件中的图标定义。 [...]

  13. Nick July 25, 2008 12:09 am 

    I must say, great little write up. I hate the default Google icon. And this is a definite upgrade. As small as it is.

  14. William September 14, 2008 3:01 pm 

    How do you do this on Mac OS X?

  15. Jesse October 9, 2008 8:20 am 

    I used this method to update the google favicon many times before, but today it just couldn’t work!

  16. SanderG January 13, 2009 1:37 pm 

    I believe there’s something wrong in the image encoding, halfway it changes from base64 to URL encoding.

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