Google’s New Black Menu Bar Is Now Google’s Old Black Menu Bar

Google might like to apologize to those of you who are just now getting accustomed to the new black menu bar that appears at the top of most Google properties. You know, the one that just launched at the end of June?

Well, skip that. As the saying goes, what’s new is old. The black menu bar is gone. Or will be soon.

Google has announced a new Google Bar that sits in the same horizontal space as Google’s logo and search bar. I’m not seeing it yet in my searches, nor are others at Search Engine Land HQ, but here’s a sneak peek from Google’s blog post:

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Why the change? According to Google’s video, because the “old” black menu bar “takes up precious space on your screen.” The new Google Bar also turns Google’s logo into what they’re calling “Google Menu” — that’s where all of Google’s vertical search options (Images, News, Maps, etc.) will be located.

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Google says the change will be rolling out “over the next few days,” so you may have a little time to get unaccustomed to the black menu bar.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: User Interface | Google: Web Search

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