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 thoughts on “Update Firefox’s search bar with new Google favicon”

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  2. 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

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

  4. 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

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

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

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

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

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