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Don’t Wait, Try The New Google Bar Right Now

Google announced last November the black navigation bar (codenamed Sandbar) above all products will be replaced only a few months after it was introduced with a new and bigger gray bar.

This means that all links currently above every property to different products like Google Images, Google Maps, Google News, etc. will be clustered in one simple dropdown menu. This new list is activated by hovering over the Google logo in the upper left corner as you can see in the screenshot below.

On the homepage of the search engine this is an extra gray logo, above other products it’s the normal shiny logo.

Try it yourself

Google is currently slowly rolling out the new navigation but if you don’t want to wait there is a relatively simple way to try it right now by following the steps below.

* First go to Google.com or to Google.co.uk, whichever you prefer.

* You then need to open the Developer tools within the browser. If you are using Google Chrome press CTRL + SHIFT + J, in Firefox press CTRL + SHIFT + K and if you are using Internet Explorer (8+) press F12 en then open the tab Console. Safari users press CTRL + ALT + I and in the panel that opens choose Console.

* Then copy the code below into the developer screen and hit Enter.
(If you want to use Google.co.uk change “.com” in the code to “co.uk”).

After hitting Enter the new navigation should show right away, but be careful, if you are actively deleting cookies the Google Bar will disappear again.

I personally like the new navigation despite the extra mouseover. What do you think about the new navigation?



Michel Wester is the owner of the Dutch website WebSonic.nl, started in 2004. WebSonic mainly focuses on news about Google, Twitter, and Facebook. Next to the news the site has a lot of tips for PC users and starting web developers.