In our distraction-prone lives, the desire to be as minimalist as possible is understandable.
However, it is also possible to be too much minimalists. This is especially true when it comes to the programs we use every day, such as our web browser.
In a web browser, toolbars are important – they contain many of the features that make browsing the web easier. But in the pursuit of minimalism, you can shrink or even remove the toolbar, cutting off its functionality.
Fortunately, if you’re using the desktop version of Google Chrome for a Mac or PC, there are several ways to get that toolbar back. Here’s what you need to know.
How to restore the toolbar in Google Chrome
Through the extensions menu
If you have hidden the extension icons, you can recover them in the extensions menu.
1. Open Google Chrome on your Mac or PC and click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser window.
2. Select “More Tools” from the drop-down menu, towards the center of the list, then “Extensions”.
3. Find the extension you want to make visible on the toolbar again. It should have a small toggle icon at the bottom right of its box. Click that switch so it turns right. The extension should instantly reappear in the toolbar.
Through the bookmarks menu
Normally, Chrome will show a selection of your bookmarks under the address bar. Here’s how to get them back if they’re missing.
1. Open Chrome on your Mac or PC and click on the three vertical dots icon in the top right corner.
2. Select “Bookmarks”, then “Show Bookmarks Bar”.
Exit full screen mode
If you are in full screen mode, the toolbar will be hidden by default. This is the most common reason it disappears.
To exit full screen mode:
- On a PC, press F11 on the keyboard.
- On a Mac, bring the mouse to the top left corner of the screen and hold it down for a moment. When the menu bar appears with a green circle and a red circle, click on the green circle.