How to Always Show the Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar

Use Chrome settings or a keyboard shortcut to display the Bookmarks Bar

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How to Always Show the Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar. Getty Images (alengo #164751853)

There might be times when you notice the Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar suddenly disappears and isn't accessible. If you've just imported all your bookmarks into Chrome, it's not very helpful to suddenly lose access to all your favorite links.

You might lose track of the Bookmarks Bar after a web page has loaded or after you accidentally hit some keys on your keyboard. Fortunately, there's an easy way to make sure your bookmarks are always displayed at the top of Chrome.

Depending on the version of Chrome that you're running, this can be achieved with shortcut keys or by tweaking Chrome's options a bit,

How to Show Chrome's Bookmarks Bar

The Bookmarks Bar can be toggled on and off using the Command+Shift+B keyboard shortcut on macOS, or Ctrl+Shift+B on a Windows computer.

Here's what to do if you're using an older version of Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click or tap on the main menu button, represented by three dots located in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select Settings.

    The Settings screen can also be accessed by entering chrome://settings into Chrome's address bar.
  4. Locate the Appearance section, which contains an option labeled Always show the bookmarks bar accompanied by a check box. To ensure that the Bookmarks Bar is always displayed in Chrome, even after you load a webpage, place a check in this box by clicking on it once.


    To disable this feature at a later time, simply remove the check mark.

    Other Ways to Access Chrome Bookmarks

    There are other methods available for accessing your bookmarks aside from the toolbar.

    One way is to select the Bookmarks option from Chrome's main menu, which causes a sub-menu to appear containing all your bookmarks as well as several related options.

    Another is through Bookmark Manager, accessible from this sub menu as well.

    You could also use the Ctrl+Shift+O shortcut in Windows or Command+Shift+O shortcut on a Mac.