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Google Rolls Out a New and Compact Navigation Bar

Earlier this spring Google introduced the black navigation bar; now they’ve updated the bar to take up less space and be more useful.

Although the black bar is useful in-so-far as it gives you quick access to Google services (useful, of course, only if you use those services) the new navigation bar–seen in the video above–includes an improved layout. Rather than use the bar space to spread out links which the user may or may not use the service links are now tucked into a mouse-over menu accessed by hovering on the Google logo. The majority of the space previously just taken up by links and the black bar itself is now a a search box.

If you don’t already see the new interface, look for it to appear in your Google account within the next few days. Hit up the link below to read the official announcement.

The Next Stage In Our Redesign [The Official Google Blog]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/30/11

Comments (4)

  1. Yoshiyah

    I’m Blinging Bing Baby all day and night!

  2. Roi

    Google > Bing

  3. Harkaboy

    Here is how to get the new Google Bar:

    1. Go get this extension to change cookies.
    2. Load and right-click to edit the cookies.
    3. Change “PREF” to this:
    4. Don’t forget to save your changes at the bottom.
    5. Reload and you have the new Google bar.
    6. Enjoy! [:

  4. bdk0172

    Doesn’t appear to work if you’re using iGoogle pages. Have to go to the Classic Home to see it.

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