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Home page of Bing.com, the search engine from Microsoft, is always seen with a background image that keeps on changing periodically. What about home page of Google Search? Do you see any background image? Nope.

Don’t trust me? Well, let’s search the Internet to compare how the Home Pages of Bing.com and Google.com compare with each other. Go to images.google.com, and first search Google Home Page and then search Bing Home Page. The results that I got tell the whole story. As it is said that “a picture speaks a thousand words”, so let’s see the results I got through pictures (needless to say, first picture depicts Google Home Page search and the second picture depicts Bing Home Page search):

Most people do not use background image for Google Home Page

Most people do not use background image for Google Home Page

On the other hand, most people use a background image for Bing Home Page

On the other hand, most people use a background image for Bing Home Page

So, it is clear that almost everyone uses Bing.com with a background image. On the other hand, almost everyone uses Google.com WITHOUT a background picture.

Why is it so? Does Google not offer the option of a background picture? Or is it just because, by default, Google does not use a background image on its home page?

Well, if you examine the home page of Google.com, it would become crystal clear that Google.com does have the feature of an optional background image (and, for that matter, you can use any background image, found from millions of background pictures), but by default, it does not use a background picture, due to which most people continue using Google.com without a background picture. So, most people are either not aware of background picture feature of Google home page or they like the simple view of Google home page. I think both reasons are equally valid. A simple Google home page without a background image has become too familiar and is very light-weight and fast to load. Simple but powerful. So powerful that the whole Internet can be searched with this simple and elegant Google home page.

OK. Agreed. There is no doubt about the simplicity of the Google Home Page. But, what if you want to have a background image on Google home page, or if you want to change it? Well, here is a simple step-by-step approach to set up (or change) a background image for Google home page. Before I start explaining, let me show you the background image that I’ve selected. It is a beautiful picture of Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders in the world (selected by netizens recently), and located in Agra in India. Have a look at my Google home page with background image of Taj Mahal (click on the image to enlarge the view – it will open in a new window):

Taj Mahal - selected as background image of Google Home Page

Taj Mahal - selected as background image of Google Home Page - click on image for a larger view

Procedure to change background image on Google home page:

(1)    Visit Google.com in your browser. Login to your Google Account (it is required for setting background image) by clicking Sign in link in the top-right corner of Google home page. If you don’t have a Google Account yet, you can Sign up for a new Google Account by providing an email address. It is absolutely free.

(2)    After signing in, when you visit Google.com again, you’ll notice Change background image link. Click this link.

(3)    A new window appears on screen with the title of Select a background image for your Google homepage. See, picture below:

Changing the background image for Google Home Page

Changing the background image for Google Home Page

(4)    You’ve following options for selecting a new background image:

  • Public Gallery: Select any image from the Public Gallery. There are a very large number of ready-made images in this Gallery. When you reach near the end of images displayed, more images would be displayed automatically. And, this cycle continues.
  • From your computer: Select any image from your own computer.
  • Your Picasa Web Photos: Select any image from your Picassa Web Photos.
  • Your recent picks: This option will show the images recently selected by you.
  • No background: Select this option, if you don’t want any background image. This, in fact, is the default option for Google Home Page.
  • Search from the Internet: This is a very important option. You may notice the search-box in the window shown above. Use any word or phrase to search for images, and click Search button. Google will show you results as per your choice. In fact, this way, you can find millions (or should I say, billions?) of images from the web. I searched Taj Mahal in this search box, and then I selected one image from the results found. Look at the following picture:
Searching Internet for a background image for Google Home Page

Searching Internet for a background image for Google Home Page

 

(5)    Now click Select button to choose the photo selected by you as your background image for Google Home Page.

(6)    The background image chosen by you would be loaded in a few seconds, and then it will be displayed on Google Home Page in all your future sessions till you again change the background image.

That’s it!

Please remember that you should try to choose a background image that is light-weight in size. Otherwise, Google Home Page may take a few seconds to load this image if your Internet connection is slow.





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