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

3 January 2012 BY

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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 or to, 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 change “.com” in the code to “”).

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, 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.

4 Responses to “Don’t Wait, Try The New Google Bar Right Now”

  1. Ryan says:

    Thanks for posting! I like it. Much nicer than the big black bar. Any word on when the final version will be rolled out?

  2. So far I know, as we speak but slowly.

  3. [...] Google can’t decide which navigation works best for everyone, the old black navigation bar or the new navigation announced in November. Now a few months after the new navigation was introduced, Google still uses [...]

  4. [...] Michel Wester As you know Google recently made serveral changes to the interface. At first a revamped navigation was launched and rolled out last year but later Google decided to pull back the new interface. [...]

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