Although Google introduced the new Google bar last week, I still didn't have the new look yet. I was curious to see if I could find it, and discovered that +Maximiliam Majewski found a workaround to get access to the new Google bar. It's no longer the black navigation bar at the top of the page, but rather a drop-down menu on the left-hand side, from the Google menu.
Step 1 Install a browser extension that allows you to edit the cookies.
Step 2 Open Google.com in a new tab.
Step 3 Right-click to edit the cookies.
Change "PREF" to: ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds
Step 4 Save and refresh the page.
- If you decide you don't like having the new menu, you can revert to the old look by clearing your browser cookies. Note that you'll probably be stuck with the new look eventually.
- The new look will affect your Gmail sidebar menus. To see your Gmail menu fully, click on the line separating your menus and drag them down. To see your Google chat buddies, click on the talk bubble icon at the bottom left. To see the invite menu, click on the 3 dots at the bottom right.
- To learn more about the Gmail layout, check out this post from +Jason Cornwell, explaining the logic and thought process behind the newest look.