How To Show Or Hide Bookmarks Bar In Google Chrome On Windows PC

If you want disable the display of the favorites or bookmarks bar in Google Chrome on a Windows 11/10 computer, then this article can help you. Once you apply this tweak, the bookmarks bar will not show on the new tab page or any other tabs in the Chrome browser. Also, the options (including the hotkey) to show the bookmarks bar will not work. You can make this change permanent or even recover the bookmarks bar when needed.

Note that even if you applied this trick, you can still access all bookmarks saved under the bookmarks bar using Chrome’s bookmarks manager. Moreover, you will be able to add new bookmarks as well as delete saved bookmarks stored under the bookmark bar. This trick is only useful for permanently disabling the bookmarks bar from appearing/displaying in the Chrome browser.

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Hide Bookmarks Bar in Google Chrome on Windows 11/10

To disable the Chrome browser bookmarks bar, you need to apply a simple Windows registry tweak. There is also a Local Group Policy setting available for the same, but it does not work. Therefore, registry tuning is helpful. However, before using the registry tweak, it is good to create a system restore point, so that you can overcome any unwanted changes to your system. Once you have done this, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Open Registry Editor
  2. Go to the Strategies Registration key
  3. Create Google name Registry key
  4. Create Chromium name Registry key
  5. Create BookmarkBarEnabled DWORD value
  6. Relaunch the Google Chrome browser.

In the very first step, you need to launch Registry Editor. just write regedit in Windows 11/10 search box and use Enter key to launch it. There are many other ways to open Registry Editor.

Now go to Strategies Registry key available in the registry editor window. You can access this key using this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicies

access policies key

After that, create a registry key under the Policies key and name it Google. Similarly, create Chromium name Registry key under Google key.

create google and chrome keys

Go ahead and create a BookmarkBarEnabled DWORD value under Chrome key. To create this value, first right-click on an empty area (as seen in the screenshot below), navigate to the New menu, and select the DWORD (32-bit) value option. When the new value is created, rename it to BookmarkBarEnabled.

create a DWORD value BookmarkBarEnabled

That’s it! You can now close the Registry Editor window.

Now open or relaunch the Chrome browser (if the browser is already open) and you will see that the bookmarks bar is gone. And all options to show bookmarks bar will be greyed out/disabled.

To re-enable display of bookmarks bar in Chrome browser, simply follow the steps above and remove the BookmarkBarEnabled value. Finally, relaunch the Chrome browser to apply the changes, and you will be able to show/hide the bookmarks bar again using the available options.

There are several ways to hide the Google Chrome bookmarks bar. Here are some of those ways:

  1. You can use Ctrl+Shift+B keyboard shortcut to show/hide Chrome bookmarks bar. This is the easiest and fastest way to do it
  2. You can right click on the bookmarks bar and uncheck the Show bookmarks bar ability to hide
  3. Click on the three vertical dots icon available at the top right, navigate to the Bookmarks menu, and uncheck the Show bookmarks bar ability to hide
  4. Access Settings Google Chrome browser page by clicking on the three vertical dots icon and clicking on the Settings option. After that, scroll down the Settings page and turn off the button available for Show bookmarks bar option.

If you are a Windows OS user and want to get rid of Chrome browser bookmarks bar, the registry trick mentioned in this article with step-by-step instructions will help you. You can permanently disable the Google Chrome bookmarks bar and restore it at any time.

disable display of chrome bookmarks bar

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