Changes coming to the Google search page

Google users will be able to choose a background image for the Google homepage. In this image, supplied by Google, a tramper hikes the Kepler track.
Google users will be able to choose a background image for the Google homepage. In this image, supplied by Google, a tramper hikes the Kepler track.

The Google search page has always been clean, uncluttered and... well, some might say a little boring. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Google has decided to let users place a background image on the Google search page, just as they can on their computer desktop.

Search Products and User Experience vice-president Marissa Mayer said on the official Google blog the company was introducing the personalisation feature in the United States.

A spokeswoman ffrom the company said no firm date was set for the feature's introduction in New Zealand, although it should arrive within the "next few days".

Users will be able to select an image from their own computer, from their Picasa album, or from a public gallery hosted by Picasa.

Those wanting to enjoy the clean, simple look of  the traditional Google home page as well as a personalised view will easily be able to switch between the two.

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