How to Show / Hide Bookmarks Bar in Chrome

Bookmarks Bar is a small area below the address bar where Chrome shows your bookmark folders and bookmarks. 

If you show the bookmarks bar, the bar is visible on every tab. Otherwise, the bar is only visible on the New Tab page.

You can show/hide the bookmarks bar from the menu or use a keyboard shortcut. However, it’s only available on the computer version of Chrome. 

Show / Hide Bookmarks Bar in Chrome Using Menu

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer.
  2. Click on the menu icon at the top right corner; a menu will appear on the screen.
  3. Move your mouse cursor over Bookmarks on the menu. Show Bookmarks Bar in Chrome
  4. Click on Show Bookmarks Bar to show it on every tab. If it’s already selected, clicking it will hide the bookmarks bar. 

Show / Hide Bookmarks Bar in Chrome Using a Shortcut

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to show or hide the bookmarks bar in Chrome. The shortcut works on both Windows & Mac. 

Open Google Chrome on your computer and visit any website on a new tab. Because the default homepage of Chrome shows, the bookmarks bar even if it’s disabled. 

Press ctrl + shift + b on Windows or cmd + shift + b on Mac. It will show the bookmarks bar if it is hidden or hide it if it is visible. 

Chrome Mobile Won’t Have Bookmarks Bar Anytime Soon

The bookmarks bar requires a lot of space, and smartphones don’t have sufficient space to show all folders and individual bookmarks. 

That’s why if you want to check or edit a bookmark, you must go to the Bookmarks Manager from the menu and manage it there. 

Mobile bookmarks are very limited compared to the computer. You can’t even export or import bookmarks from the mobile version. You need a computer to handle bookmarks efficiently. 


The bookmarks bar is a personal preference because you can always access it from a New Tab page. 

If you need to take a lot of screenshots on Chrome, it’s ideal to hide the bookmarks bar. You may have some sensitive bookmarks which you won’t love to expose. 

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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