How to Always Show the Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar

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

What to Know

  • The Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar sometimes vanishes or isn't accessible, appearing to lose all of your favorite links.
  • The usual culprit is either a bad website load or an accidental press on the keyboard.
  • Depending on your version of Chrome, you can restore the Bookmarks Bar with shortcut keys or by tweaking Chrome's options.

This article explains how to show the Bookmarks bar again plus includes other ways to access Chrome bookmarks.

Animation of a 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.