Google Bar Back to Black, Still Not Customizable

Google bar retained some UI elements of Google menu but is much closer to the old Google black menu bar.

Google bar, also known as \”sandbar\”, is the navigation bar that links Google services on top of most Google products. It has undergone several transformation for the last few months which supposed to give users better experience.

I have posted about Google black navigation bar before and how to customize it, as well as the Google menu that was supposed to replace the black Google bar. Then, few weeks ago, Google decided to update Google bar yet again and now it looks like a hybrid of the previous black Google bar and the defunct Google menu. If you didn\’t get the Google menu you probably won\’t notice the difference.

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What was retained from the Google menu design is the separate area for name, notification count, G+ share button and profile picture. In the old black bar design, these UI elements are fused with the black menu bar.

The new Google bar has more Google products listed but it is still not configurable, for the nth time.

Also, one of my favorite link  (Google Reader) is not listed. I think in general people don\’t really use it but for me it is essential. Why should I need to click More to access it? I\’m sure Google has data to identify which menu you are using and which ones you don\’t click at all.

What I can do at the moment is install this extension in Chrome so that Google Reader will appear on the top links.

I\’m not sure if the old extensions for the black Google bar still works. I think I learned how to live with the new Google bar.

Seriously, I am not sure why Google is still not offering some degree of customization on Google bar.


By Marck V.

Filipino IT consultant on enterprise software. On his spare time he do web project management, photography and blogging. Web 2.0 enthusiast.