Monday, December 5, 2011
Google has announced that they will be a redesign of the Google bar [The black colored strip that you see on Google] to something that resembles a pop-out. Not only is this bar going to be implemented all over Google, but it is also going to be integrated with Google+ too, making this bar an indispensible part of Google.
Below are some of the screenshots of the new Google bar [Click to Enlarge]:
Google is (as always) experimenting with this bar, and is first applying these changes to only a certain profiles, to test their response. However, if you want to get this bar to your profile too, you can do so, with a simple cookie tweak, ( just like the YouTube hack).
If you have Google Chrome, then follow these steps:
1. Download the Edit this Cookie extension.
2. Go to Google.com (Not the regional page like Google.co.in or Google.co.uk , etc) and click on the extension’s button to edit the cookie.
3. On the "PREF" section, change the code to:
4. Click on “Save Changes”.
5. Reload the Google homepage, to see the new Google bar on Google.
(Thanks you @Maximilian Majewski for the tip)
If you use Firefox, then follow these steps:
- Go to Google.com (not Google.co.in or co.uk, etc)
- Open the console by pressing the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+K.
- In the console line, type the following code and Press Enter.
document.cookie="PREF=ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();
- After that, you should reload the page and will see the Google bar, all over Google.
How do I take it off?
If you don’t like the Google bar, then there is still a way to remove it. By just heading over to your Google regional page (like Google.co.in or Google.co.uk), you will be able to get the old bar back. However, if you are from the US, (where there is no regional Google page), then you are pretty much stuck with the Google bar.
But you can’t run away from the bar forever, as Google will be implementing it real soon, everywhere.
Here is Google’s official video on the Google Bar.