How to Customize the Google Bar

How often do you use the Google Bar – you know, that black bar that sits at the top of most of Google’s websites? If you’re like me, you probably don’t use it often because it’s a bit of an inconvenience.

Many of the items that I use regularly are not visible on the bar, and it’s often quicker to use the omnibar to go directly to a website. Plus, the items are not in any particular order, so it’s a bit unorganized.

Thankfully, there’s a browser extension to help with this issue. Here’s how to customize the Google Bar so that it will work for you.

1. Install the +You Gbar Chrome extension. (Firefox users can install the extension here)

2. Go to any of Google’s websites (search, drive, mail, calendar, etc) and click on the gear icon at the top left corner of the page. This will bring up the +You Gbar menu.

Click on the gear icon to bring up the +You Gbar menu.

3. Now it’s just a matter of dragging and dropping the menu items to arrange them as you’d like. You can customize the Google Bar, the More menu, and Even More.

The Google Products page, which can be accessed from 'Even More' on the Google Bar.

Note: Even I’m not sure the purpose of the “Even More” items, since it goes to the Google’s Products page, which displays all Google items. The “Even More” section appears to be a place to simply store items that you don’t want to see at all on the bar.

4. As you arrange the items on the Google Bar, you’ll see the new changes immediately: the Google Bar will change as you drag-and-drop each item.

My customized Google Bar after using the +You Gbar Chrome extension.

5. Once you’re done, click anywhere on the page to close out the +You Gbar and start using your new Google Bar!

It can make it much more convenient for you to customize the Google Bar. All of the products that you actually want to use will be displayed in the order that you want; no need to search for them.

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