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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    doesn't work...illegal character

      Sorry, there was a smart quote in there. Have fixed it now (I think).

    damn... i tried it in Chrome and got an error:

    SyntaxError: Unexpected token ILLEGAL

    any other ideas?

    Worked fine for me in Firefox... Thanks Angus!!

    Thanks Angus. I like the idea, but being able to modify the list would be fantastic. Mail, Calendar, Docs, and Reader need to be at the top for me to find it faster then just moving 10pixels north and using a Bookmark...but they're getting there :)

    hmmmm this bar ends up being about twice as deep as the black one. Their own press release citied 'maximum screen real estate' or something to that effect.. FAIL.

    No error here, but it just doesn't change anything.

    Ah, it doesn't work because I'm a Google Apps users. Once logged out, it works fine.

    Doesn't work for me, not sure why, not a Google Apps user. I guess I'll just wait for it to be rolled out...

    I can't believe Google were dissing the real estate the old black bar took up on the screen and then they make this grey bar take up 3 times as much.

      Yeah but it includes the search box now so it's still a saving.

      But the grey bar was already there, below the black bar. They've removed the black bar, while keeping the grey bar the same size (and changing its functionality)... hence, more screen real estate.

    Only works on not from what I can see

    Hmm.. had it for a good 2 hours earlier today.. now gone :(

    I'm sorry, but I hate it. It just appeared.
    How can I remove it to get back to the o0ld Classic Home page

    i dont want any more screen real estate! how do i change it back?

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