How to Always Show the Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar

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

The Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar sometimes vanishes and doesn't appear to be 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!

The usual culprit is either a bad website load, or you (or perhaps your cat) accidentally pressed some keys on the keyboard. Depending on the version of Chrome that you're running, you can restore the Bookmarks Bar with shortcut keys or by tweaking Chrome's options a bit.

Person showing the Chrome bookmarks bar on a computer
 Lifewire / Nusha Ashjaee

How to Show Chrome's Bookmarks Bar

Toggle the Bookmarks Bar 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 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.

    Settings submenu in Chrome menu
  4. Locate the Appearance section, which contains an option labeled Always show the bookmarks bar accompanied by a checkbox. To ensure that the Bookmarks Bar is always displayed in Chrome, even after you load a page, place a check in this box by clicking it once. To disable this feature at a later time, simply remove the checkmark.

    Toggle switch for Show bookmarks bar item in Chrome settings

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

You can even access hand-picked bookmarks as Windows shortcuts.