Monday, January 12, 2009

Set Google's new icon in Firefox's Search Box

This is how you can update your search box in Firefox to display Google's brand new favicon:

1. Go to the searchplugins directory, where you installed Firefox. In Windows XP, this will normally be: C:\program files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins

2. Open google.xml in your favourite text editor.

3. Change the Image tag to the following and save:

<Image width="16" height="16">data:image/x-icon;base64,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%3D%3D</Image>
4. Restart Firefox to see the new icon in your search box!

Here is a useful page you can use to convert files into base64 encoded strings: http://www.greywyvern.com/code/php/binary2base64

Related Posts:
How-to write your own Search Plugin for Firefox

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:29 AM

    Thanks, Fahd. Could you post how to restore the Google search icon to "G"? (for firefox)

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  2. The original G favicon can be set by changing the Image tag's value to:

    data:image/x-icon;base64,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