IE7 Users No Longer Can Change The Background

Jul 12, 2012 • 8:05 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Over two years ago, Google added a way for users to customize the background of That feature has been upgraded and improved over the years.

But as of yesterday, Internet Explorer 7 users can no longer customize the background of Google. Instead, if they want a custom background, they should upgrade to IE8 or IE9 or switch to Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Albert from the Google team said in a Google Web Search Help thread:

Apologies for the late reply! We are no longer able to provide support for background images for Internet Explorer 7 users. Please try upgrading to IE8 or using an alternative browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, to be able to see background images again. Background

I personally do not use the feature but I am sure plenty of IE7 users do.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Scott McKirahan

07/12/2012 06:58 pm

Glad to hear it. Nothing like trying to optimize websites to work with new technologies and outdated unsecure ones like IE7. I don't even bother anymore. Either get rid of the horse and buggy and move up to a new car or limit yourself on where you can go!


07/12/2012 10:12 pm

I'm with you Scott. We've been trying to launch a new company responsive site, but have been bogged-down by issues with IE7 and 8. We've basically decided to say the hell with it!


08/07/2012 04:33 pm

Oh man, we build web aps, try making them backwards compliant with IE7 and beyond. It's just not worth it to be honest. The trouble is there are a surprising amount of businesses stuck with IE7 and previous due to infrastructure issues. They are basically locked into these because of the systems which plug into them and lackluster IT departments who don't want to invest the time in upgrading

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