How to Change the Color of the Bookmark Bar in Google Chrome

By Sharon R. Lee

The bookmark bar is one of the first things you'll see when you open Google Chrome. It's also one of the easiest ways to get around, since it allows you to quickly access both your favorite websites and search engines.

You can customize your bookmark bar by changing its color or even putting a new color in for it.

Find the bookmark bar and open the menu.

To find the bookmark bar, open Google Chrome and click on the three dots in the top right corner of your screen. From there, select Bookmarks and then click Display Settings.

Next, find the bookmark manager (which looks like a stack of papers). Click on it to open it up! In here you should see all kinds of different things, including your bookmarks and folders.

To change the color of your bookmark bar select “Customize” from the dropdown menu at the top right region of this screen (where it says “Bookmark Bar”). This will bring up another menu where you can change its color by clicking on any one of those colors!

Select Bookmarks, then Bookmark Manager.

  • Click on the Bookmarks button.

  • Click Bookmark Manager in the menu that appears.

  • Click Bookmark Manager in the toolbar at the top of your browser window, if you have one enabled (you can enable it by going to Settings > Appearance).

Click on the display settings button in the top right corner.

Once you have opened the bookmark bar, click on the button located on the right side of it. This button is pretty big (the same size as your bookmark bar), and it is located in the top right corner of your browser window.

The button will be gray-colored with a black outline and no text or icon displayed on it, but do not worry if this is not what you see!

The button is just like any other web page element: once clicked, it can be repositioned by dragging its title bar up or down within Chrome's window frame.

Once repositioned to where you would like your bookmark bar color change to take place, release your mouse button and voila! You now have a different color than before!

Command-B - Toggle between bookmarks tab and main Chrome window.

To quickly switch between the bookmark bar and main Chrome window, use Command-B. This shortcut will toggle between the two.

When you do this, your bookmarks will be displayed in a vertical list on the right side of your screen.

You can then click on a bookmark to go directly to that site or select it and press Enter to open it in a new tab.

There are several ways you can change which tabs are displayed in your bookmark bar when it's not active:

  • By clicking on any open tab with your mouse pointer and dragging it over to the left side of the screen until it snaps into place as shown below (image courtesy Google).

  • Choose Settings from Chrome’s menu bar then click Bookmarks > Show Bookmark Bar (image courtesy Google).

Command-G - Next match to your typed text in bookmarks tab.

  • Command-G - Next match to your typed text in bookmarks tab.

  • Command-Shift-G - Previous match to your typed text in bookmarks tab.

Shift-Command-G - Previous match to your typed text in bookmarks tab.

In the bookmarks tab, you can use Shift-Command-G to bring up your previous match to your typed text.

Alt-click a link - Open link in new tab and switch to the tab immediately.

In addition to opening links in new tabs, you can also use the same shortcut to open links in a new tab and switch to it immediately. For example:

  • To open a link in a new tab and switch to it immediately, hold down Alt while clicking on the link (or Ctrl-click if you're using Mac).

  • To open a link in a new tab but leave your current page open, hold down Shift while clicking on the link (or Shift-click if you're using Mac).

You can customize Google Chrome's bookmark bar by changing its color or even putting a new color in for it.

  • Go to chrome://flags in your browser.

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and type "bookmark bar" in the search bar.

  • Enable "Bookmark Bar Color."

You can now choose a new color for the bookmark bar.


The bookmark bar is a great place to start when you want to customize Google Chrome. It's easy to find, and you can use it as a launching point for many other customization options in the browser.

There are also several other ways that you can change the toolbar color, including by changing the background color of your tabs or by using extensions like Themes Tab.

Sharon R. Lee

About the author

Hi There! I'm Lee. Welcome to A Pretty Fix, a home DIY blog about making your home colorful, decorating, and helping colors ideas and fun. Here you'll find ideas, tips, and inspiration to live life more colorfully and beautifully. Hope you stick around!

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