How To Get The Google Bar Right Now

If you like the look of the new Google bar with a hidden navigation menu and don’t want to wait until it appears in your account, you can force an upgrade with a simple hack.

To make the switch, go to the Google home page and run the following piece of code in your browser’s console. For Chrome, use the JavaScript console (Control-Shift-J); for Firefox, use the web console (Control-Shift-K); for IE, use Developer Tools (F12). The code below is customised for the Australian Google domain; you can change that if you prefer another default domain.

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

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the change, especially since the options I do use occasionally (like Calendar) are in the second-level menu. But rather than whine about it, I plan to set up keyword bookmarks for those few Google services I don’t already have them defined for. Result!

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