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New Google Bar on the way or you can get it now with this script

Google has a new navigation system called the Google Bar. It's coming soon, but if you want it now here's how you get it.

There is one thing you can certainly say about Google - they don't like to rest on their laurels. It seems the company is changing, tweaking, or releasing some new feature or design aspect on an almost daily basis. One such new feature is something called the Google Bar.

The Google Bar is a new navigation system that replaces the old black bar that runs across what was once the new, but now is the old, navigation interface.

Old black bar

Google has published a You Tube video to explain the new Google Bar, so I am going to defer to it since it can explain it much more efficiently than I can.

Get it now

Now, the new Google Bar is being rolled out slowly to everyone, but if you are the impatient type you can get it now by running a little script. I first saw this in a post on Google+ from Markus Guidry, so send your thanks (and questions that may arise) to him.

Here is how he described it. Note: I tried it in Firefox and it worked like a charm - your experience may vary.

To access the new Google Bar, first navigate to plus.google.com using either Firefox or Chrome.

In Firefox: press Ctrl + Shift + K

In Chrome: press Ctrl + Shift + J

Once you have opened the console, copy and paste the following code into the command line and press enter:

document.cookie="PREF=ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=

88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=

1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds; domain=.google.com; path=/; exprie=

" + (new Date("2013-12-1")).toUTCString()

Finally, refresh plus.google.com and you should see the new Google Bar.

Editor's Note: Because of limitations in WordPress, I had to break the script up with line breaks. Before you enter it into your browser, paste the script into Notepad or another text editor and delete the line breaks after "U=", "LM=", and "exprie=". Copy and paste the new single line of code into your browser.

With the Google Bar turned on in this manner, Google Plus now looks like this.

Google Bar in action

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

18 comments
mantariz
mantariz

Ok I've enabled it. But how do I turn it off if I wish? Tried changing the expiry date and that failed. ------ Figured it out. InChrome: CTRL + SHIFT + J Select 'Resources' Tab Expand 'Cookies' Select URL 'www.google.com' --- Note I had to change mine to www.google.com.au to get it working originally. Located "PREF" with the line beginning with 'ID=03fd476a699d648...' Right Click and select Delete.

JesusChristSuperStar
JesusChristSuperStar

Count me among the NaySayers. Who needs more useless stuff taking up more valuable space on our monitors! There is more than enough of that already.

sonnystarks
sonnystarks

Can I give Billfranke a hundred "Yes" votes? Couldn't agree more!

sonnystarks
sonnystarks

Right now, to get to Gmail, I click on the black bar and I'm there. Now I have to roll over to the Google Menu and down to Gmail. No thanks! I'll just put the Gmail link on my Favorites bar and be done with it.

Gisabun
Gisabun

A good way to slow down your system even more....

Mr. G. Anson
Mr. G. Anson

I copy, removed CR/LF and pasted. Once I hit enter I get the forrowing error: [08:44:20.461] "PREF=ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds; domain=.google.com; path=/; exprie=Invalid Date" Any ideas?, thanks!

noglider
noglider

I think that Google is not nearly as good at designing user interfaces as they think. And I'm sure they don't understand this. They use large sampling statistics to decide which features people like, but I think it's a flawed idea. It leads to feature creep, and it doesn't lead to brilliant innovations. Sometimes you have to have an intuition that people will like something radically new and put everything you've got into the risk that they will. This is what Apple has done very well. Having said all that, I just followed the advice of this column, and I think I like the new Google Bar. I like freeing up space on my screen.

billfranke
billfranke

I don't want any of these navigation bars either. I don't want a bright blue bar that keeps nagging me about Google+. I don't share, I won't share, and I hate social networks that aren't real-world: I don't do Facebook or LinkedIn or any of those exhibitionist sites. And I don't want Gmail to change the way my Gmail interface looks. I hate the new look. Being on the Net these days is almost as bad as being checked into a mental hospital. If you want to be alone and antisocial (that's my usual state of mind), Nurse Ratched wants you to go out and socialize with the rest of the cuckoos in the parlor or you get your meds injected while you're strapped to the bed and can't prevent yourself from becoming zombied out. It's as bad as using MS Office and discovering that you have to learn a new UI after spending 8 years memorizing the old and perfectly serviceable old one that was changed just because some guys who have access to the source code thought it would be a good idea to change things just for the sake of change. I hate the *&&^%$ ribbon too! And as bad as discovering that Adobe Acrobat Pro 7, which worked without a hitch for the year that I was using the free version of Win7 Ultimate RC1 no longer works with the retail version so if I want to have both working properly on my PC, I have to buy both the OS and Acrobat Pro 9 or 10. More important to me than the money is the superfluity, the gratuitousness of the changes. They don't make things easier or better for everyone. It takes too much time to learn new and complicated UIs. Not everyone pines to follow the latest fashions. Not everyone needs Google's seasonal and other occasional eye-candy. Unobtrusive is good. Don't track me is good. Don't get in my face is good. Leave well enough alone is good. Don't fix what ain't broke is best.

misceng
misceng

There is one improvement to Google Chrome that is vital but unlikely. The X which is provided to close a tab is too small on my high resolution monitor. Getting the mouse cursor precisely on the X to make it work slows me down. The whole of the end of the tab could be made available as nothing but the X can be there.

Snak
Snak

.... I can tell my browser to automatically unset ANY 'download and install our latest widget', tickbox on downloads, websites etc. No I do NOT want Yahoo's trash, or Google's rubbish auto-installing on my computer. I totally agree with AnsuGisalas when (s)he said that Toolbars are for tools. Why do people waste time trying to find ways of wasting mine?

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Oh wait, this is not about a bar. I don't want toolbars. Toolbars are for tools. I guess we're all tools to Google.... Oh! Oh! Oh! Profound...

JTONLY
JTONLY

Like a hole in the head.

seanferd
seanferd

And why do they keep moving the links around and changing how they are presented? Mostly, I don't want them there at all. Nor the mouseover previews. This might be wonderful, somehow, for people who live inside the Google ecosystem, like AOL users once lived inside that walled garden. I just want a search engine without clutter all over the page that provides plain, decent search results. If I want to go to YouTube (and I can count on one hand how many times I've gone to the main site landing page), I'll follow a link or use the astonishing trick (write this one down!) of entering "youtube.com" (without the quotes) into the address bar and hit the Enter key. (For those of you without keyboards, there's a browser button next to the bar that works just like the Enter key on the keyboard for this.) Silliness aside, what's interesting about an expanded list of googlecorp destinations in a sidebar? It's already there. The background will be a different color and there will be a difference of about 10 pixels as to where you click or mouseover to expand it. Of course, they are probably "going somewhere" with this.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

for bars so much, the top of my browsers are as spartan as possible, everything linked in favorites, as I like as much real estate for content as I can get.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Maybe the new one won't blend into the background as much and I'll remember it exists. I can't remember if I ever played with it, or what it does if I did.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Do you have the Google Bar yet? Do you like it better than the black bar? Just to be clear - the Google Bar is not a Tool bar. Look at the images in the blog post or watch the short video. The Google Bar pops up along the left side when you do a mouse-over.

techysandy
techysandy

Mr. G. Anson Copy it into notepad and make sure it is all on 1 line. Then copy and paste the script below, tested working successfully. Good luck let me know!!! Thanks document.cookie="PREF=ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds; domain=.google.com; path=/; exprie=" + (new Date("2013-12-1")).toUTCString()

mantariz
mantariz

X is small on my screen too, so I just middle click on the tab I want to close.

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