Still Waiting for the New Google Bar? Google Says You’ll Get it “In the Coming Weeks”

Earlier this week, I wondered what happened to the new "Google Bar", the replacement for the black navigation bar that currently sits on top of virtually all of Google's online services. According to a blog post from late November, Google was planning to replace the old black bar with a new design that would move most of the links into a drop-down menu nested under the Google logo.

Oddly enough, though, it's now a month later and very few users actually have actually seen the new design yet. That's a very slow roll-out, especially by Google's standards.

If you don't have access to the new Google Bar and Google Menu, though, fret not. Here is the official word from Mountain View about the rollout. According to a Google spokesperson, the roll-out is proceeding as planned: "Since its launch, we rolled out the new Google bar to some users and are looking to broaden the rollout in the coming weeks."

Clearly, this new design affects virtually all of Google's properties, so it's obviously a massive roll-out. Somehow, though, I can't help but feel that Google jumped the gun a bit with its announcement.

Given the short attention span of the tech blogosphere, it also shouldn't come as a surprise then that some of the writers who are seeing the new design pop up here and there now think it's actually an experiment.

Google bar and menu

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One Reply to “Still Waiting for the New Google Bar? Google Says You’ll Get it “In the Coming Weeks””

  1. If you can’t wait, open a new browser tab in Chrome, go to and open the JavaScript console. Paste in the following code and hit enter and the new bar will be installed;

    document.cookie=”PREF=ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds; path=/;”;window.location.reload();

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