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Give Google’s New Homepage App Launcher a Run Through

Google Homepage Apps Drawer

If you like tinkering, then this next little trick should be right up your alley (not Android-related, but fun none-the-less). Google is currently experimenting with a brand new, built-in app drawer-style launcher through their homepage. If enabled, when logged into a Google account, you can open up the app drawer from Google.com, access Google Play, Google+, and other apps with ease. Good bye, ugly black bar. 

To enable this drawer, you must either be running Chrome, Firefox, or Opera as your browser and then follow a little list of instructions. Below we will list out the instrcutions for Google Chrome users, but if you are running either of the other two, you just need to follow the via and see how to perform it.


  • Install “Edit This Cookie” extension
  • Open www.google.com in a new tab
  • Click the “Edit This Cookie” button from the Chrome bar
  • Find the “NID” item and select it
  • Replace the “value” text with the NID cookie value (see below) and click “Submit cookie changes”
  • Refresh Google’s homepage

NID Cookie Value:

Pretty neat, right?

Via: Google System

  • Jared

    This is totally not working anymore. Just tried three or four times and nothing happened.

  • anon

    would be nice if every site within google had the same layout. then this would make sense. not even the “ugly” grey bar is on the top of every site. consistency please.

  • Dandyroi

    Does this even work outside the US, for instance The Netherlands?

  • booked

    I enter the string and nothing happens.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Looks a lot better than that ugly gray bar at the top Thanks for the tip

  • http://twitter.com/RASREYE RASREYE Marketing

    Odd… after updating the cookie, I’m logged out of gmail — the new launcher shows, but as soon as I log back in — the black bar is back!

  • Josh Flowers

    fyi, my network detected an unusual amount of outgoing requests after i installed this; i had to perform several ‘Captchas’ which didn’t resolve the issue. I had to uninstall the extension & clear my browsing data for the past hour just to be able to use the internet again.

    • KMaren

      Ditto. fyi, my network detected an unusual amount of outgoing requests after i installed this; i had to perform several ‘Captchas’ which didn’t resolve the issue. I had to uninstall the extension & clear my browsing data for the past hour just to be able to use the internet again.

  • sonicemerald

    when is google now coming to the homepage?

  • Tyler Casilio

    Looks better but it takes more time then the black bar.
    Maybe give the look of that app drawer to the black bar, and take out the black?

  • http://twitter.com/DAG425 José

    You can drag to rearrange apps, and it only shows the apps you have installed in chrome. If u uninstall them they wont show…

  • Sonic_44

    Is it just me or is there another small step skipped some where that I dont know about?

    • http://twitter.com/nate94gt Nate M

      werd. i go to the google page and it shows the black bar at the top.

      • Dandyroi

        Same here

    • Mark Mann

      when i change the cookie, and click “submit cookie changes” it changes back to what it was before

      • valapsp

        no changes on mine too.

  • NickA

    It’s just the app launcher from Chrome OS. You can do in on your PC using a shortcut.

    “C:Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” -show-app-list

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremy.sheehan Jeremy Sheehan

    Nice, but I can’t remember the last time I used the actual google home page to search for something.

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    You can do this from the dev console in Chrome. There’s nothing to install, and probably has less clicks. Just saying…

    • Adam Marr

      Maybe from the console with document.cookie=”…”, but I don’t think its a simple as say… Firebug with Firecookie. At least, I don’t see a way to do this in chrome dev-tools with just point and click.

  • Kevin Hill

    Got a feeling this will be Google’s new android design. Or at least something related.

  • akazerotime

    I like it. Just a heads up that once you sign back in, the back bar will return.

  • Niall Fox

    hopefully the next redesign is on the web version of the Play Store, maybe it’s just me but it’s becoming a bit stale

  • Capt. Crunch

    I’ve been using this on my taskbar. It’s nice to see it implemented into the Google homepage.

  • mechapathy

    Let me customize what goes in there and I’m all over this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/princesation Prince Dela Cruz

    Looks a lot better. Only one problem… do people still go to the Google home page to do their searches?

    • Capt. Crunch

      Well these are pretty much shortcuts to popular Google sites. But I agree the search link is redundant.

      • michael arazan

        I saw this Saturday on my pc when I was trying to find where the hell my gmail tab went to

    • http://twitter.com/Twitteninja Zargh

      The most likely end game is replacing the black bar with the app drawer on all google properties, not just search. If it makes it past testing that is.

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    • Raven

      Well, I normally search from my iGoogle page, but when they take that away, I imagine that I would use their regular home page. How else would you go about doing a search from a desktop/laptop?

      • http://twitter.com/lgschoem Lynton

        For example, you can search by entering text in the address bar of a browser and pressing enter (if the default search engine is google).

  • http://twitter.com/terry12s Terry

    I like it!

  • Dan Tillman

    way better of a google homepage

  • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

    Much better. Been waiting for something like this, but the ability to hide some apps and rearrange to your liking would be nice!

  • shamu11

    I like it!