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How to use the bookmarks bar

If you're using Chrome on a computer, you can have your bookmarks appear in a bar at the top of every web page. You can also add, remove or re-order items in the bookmarks bar at any time.

Show or hide the bookmarks bar

To turn the bookmarks bar on or off, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More.
  3. Select Bookmarks and then Show Bookmarks Bar.

Or use the keyboard shortcuts:

  • Windows, Linux and Chrome OS: Press Ctrl + Shift + b.
  • Mac: Press ⌘ + Shift + b.

Organise the bookmarks bar

You can choose which items appear in the bookmarks bar.

Add more bookmarks to the bar

You can fit more items in the bookmarks bar by shortening or removing their labels. Here’s how:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top, in the bookmarks bar, right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) a bookmark with a long name.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. In the "Name" field, type a shorter name. Or delete the name entirely so that only a favicon shows on the bar.
  5. Click Save
Re-order bookmarks

To move an item in the bookmarks bar, click and drag it to a new spot.

Move a hidden bookmark into the bar

You can drag a hidden bookmark into the Bookmarks Bar. Here’s how:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, at the end of the bookmarks bar, open the "Other Bookmarks" folder or click Overflow Overflow .
  3. Drag the item into the bookmarks bar.

Note: The "Other Bookmarks" folder can't be deleted. It won’t show if it's empty, though. Even if the folder is hidden, you can still add bookmarks to it by using the Bookmark Manager.

Remove a bookmark from the bar

To permanently delete a bookmark, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top, in the bookmarks bar, right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) the bookmark.
  3. Select Delete.

To delete more than one bookmark at once, use the Bookmark Manager.

Troubleshooting

Here are a few common questions about the bookmarks bar. Click them for troubleshooting steps.

I accidentally deleted a bookmark from the bar. Can I bring it back?

Unfortunately, when a bookmark is deleted, it's gone for good.

Where are my Favourites?

"Favourites" in some browsers, like Internet Explorer or Safari, are called "bookmarks" in Chrome. In addition to the bookmarks bar, they're stored in two places:

  • The bookmarks menu: More More and then Bookmarks
  • Bookmark Manager: More More and then Bookmarks and then Bookmark Manager

Find out how to import bookmarks or favourites from other browsers.

How can I remove the Apps icon from the bar?

By default, the bookmarks bar shows the Apps icon Chrome App Launcher. It's a shortcut that leads you to the apps that you've installed in Chrome. You can remove it:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top, right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) the bookmarks bar.
  3. Deselect Show Apps Shortcut.

To bring the Apps shortcut back, re-select Show Apps Shortcut.

Bookmarks on mobile devices

The bookmarks bar is not available on Chrome for Android devices, iPhones or iPads. But you can still manage your bookmarks in Chrome on a mobile device.

You can also sync your bookmarks between devices by signing in to Chrome.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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