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How To Enable The Favorites Bar In Google Chrome

Where is the Chrome Favorites Bar?

I’ve been using Chrome for a few months now, but I’ve never actually seen the Favorites bar, until today. While testing a new java bookmarklet I realized that I needed a favorites bar to properly use it.  Firefox automatically has the favorites bar visible, but in Chrome it is hidden by default. So, let’s quickly review how to add the Google Chrome Booksmarks Bar for Windows and Mac.

Enable Favorites Bar in Google Chrome for Windows

In Google Chrome, Click the Lines (settings) button and then Select Bookmarks > Show bookmarks bar or press CTRL+SHIFT+B) simultaneously


Now the Chrome favorites bar should be completely visible just beneath the Address bar and menu buttons.  If at any time you want to get rid of the Favorites bar just repeat Step 1 above.

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Enable Favorites Bar in Google Chrome for Mac

From Google Chrome, Click View, Always Show Bookmarks Bar or SHIFT+COMMAND+B simultaneously.

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35 Responses to How To Enable The Favorites Bar In Google Chrome

  1. iKlsR October 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    …cool, wasn’t a chrome fan at first but the more i use it, the more i like it and this tip really helped… thank you!

    • shockersh October 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

      ditto here… first time I picked it up I was like – huh? That EULA sucks… After google changed the EULA and I starting using it again, I’ve all but uninstalled Firefox… No idea why actually. It just feels cleaner?

      Anyway, yeah – same here. 😉

  2. shockersh October 12, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    ctrl+shift+b – Nice tip dex… You should post up ALL the chrome shortcuts plz!

  3. marshall December 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Won’t work. Control Shift B does nothing.

    • LURCH February 4, 2016 at 2:20 am #

      Doesn’t for me either.

    • finallysue1 February 7, 2017 at 7:58 am #

      Same here. Going to settings and marking it to show doesn’t work either. I’m on XP. Does that matter?

  4. Albert Warkentin February 9, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Interesting. I got down my tools menu, but there was no Favorites bar on it. How do I get it to appear?

    • Steve Krause February 10, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Hi Albert – Tools should be there when you press the Wrench looking icon. That said, you can also use the Keyboard Shortcut key – CTRL+SHIFT+B

      Try that shortcut key. I should just appear.

  5. Denise July 17, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Like other posts adding favorites toolbar does not work with wrench OR CTRL+SHIFT+B for me…so whats the scoop?

  6. Carol March 15, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Is is possible to import Internet Explorer Links Bar to Google Chrome?
    I was able to import favorites and the Favorites Bar does appear in Google Chrome, but the Internet Explorer links do not appear.

    • johanna July 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      Did you get an answer? Since IE is no longer supported for XP I downloaded Chrome once again. Not a favorite because I don’t like its layout. But I was able to set my old home page in it and I was able to import my “favorites bar”. However I haven’t figured out how to import or display my “favorites/bookmarks” down the right side. My side bar has many more bookmarks and they are sub-categorized. Have you gotten anything back on how to do this?

  7. Wilson April 4, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    I do not have a wrenck Icon so I do not get the Show the favorites bar, what else can I do??

    • Austin Krause April 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Hi Wilson. It seems Google updated the interface and changed things around. This guide has been updated to reflect that. Please let me know if you’re still having trouble!

  8. Crystal November 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    To me there is a difference between the bookmarks bar (which appears across the top) and the favorites LIST per say (which opened up and dropped down on the left hand side). Do you know how I can get the drop down favorites list to appear? It used to come up automatically, but it hasn’t since I put google chrome on this computer.

    • johanna January 12, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Crystal, did you get an answer. It is the same question I asked back in July. The answer I got was for the bookmarks across the top, which I already had. I am looking for the favorites down the left side as well. I have many, many links and they are in sub-folders as well. It is probably the one thing I really don’t like about Chrome besides the menu. In Explorer I have buttons for sending a webpage I am looking at in an e-mail, etc. Chrome doesn’t seem to have that type of thing either.

  9. peg January 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    did not work – missing favorites bar

  10. Jom August 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    I have read ALL the comments on the favorite list (drop down). No one brave enough to say IT WORKS!
    How to make it work?

  11. bonnie October 19, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    i have the chrome favorites list—-where is the add to favorites button?

  12. Steve January 12, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    this not the favorites but a bookmark bar.

    I want something on the bar that says “favorites” like on IE.

    How do you that with Chrome.


  13. Nick February 27, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Okay, I was feeling frustrated as others were about swichting to google chrome and not having my familiar “favorites” pinned to left side of my browser… well I have a solution and darn it Works.

    import you favorites or just create a few new ones…then follow this:
    Ctrl + Shift + O which will bring up “bookmark manager”; once up, Rt click and select “pin tab”


    Now all your bookmarks/favorites will load as a tab on the far left and will always be there ready to go.

    Damn I am proud as I never take the time to post a help; glad I could finally give back as I am always learning from others. good luck

    • Deb March 31, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

      I followed your instructions but did not get pintab. Highlighted items were Open options, paste and add paper of folder.

      I’m on Windows 7, 2013 home Office. Does that make any difference?

      Thank you. Deb

      • Nick April 1, 2015 at 6:40 am #

        did you do this…Ctrl + Shift + O which will bring up “bookmark manager”; once up, Rt click and select “pin tab”?

        • Deb April 1, 2015 at 7:34 am #

          Yes, and pin tab did NOT appear. See my reply of 3/31. Deb

      • John May 18, 2015 at 9:38 am #

        Right Click on the top of the window on the tab itself. The part that has the name of the window. Just like on a regular folder.

        • Johanna February 8, 2017 at 11:34 am #

          That works but only on a new page. The favorites do not appear when you open a new tab/web page or your home page. What you end up with is a separate page with the favorites down the left side and the tab at the top has a * identifying it.

          That is better than nothing but what I would like to see is the favorites down the left side on any and all pages/tabs I open just like in IE.

    • John May 18, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks for the tip. It does work. Not as elegant as I’d like, but it works. Now if I could only get a quick access menu tool bar across the top like I had in Explorer.

      • Cherie June 30, 2015 at 7:45 am #

        Right Deb…I feel the same way. Google chrome does not have the menu bar! which sucks!!!!!!!

  14. Irene December 12, 2015 at 3:21 am #

    why can’t I copy all my Favourites toolbar content to Google like I can between Internet explorer and Mozilla? Surely I don’t have to recreate all my favourites, I am an office manager I have dozens.

  15. Judy Gauthier October 18, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    Go to the 3 dots at the top right of chrome.
    Choose ‘bookmarks’
    Choose ‘show bookmarks bar’
    Click 3 dots again
    Choose ‘bookmark manager’
    It appears on the left.
    Click on the folder ‘bookmarks bar’
    Right above it click on ‘folders’
    Choose ‘add folder’
    New folder will appear INSIDE bookmarks folder
    Name it Favorites or whatever you want to call it.
    It will now show on your bookmarks bar.
    Don’t know yet how yet to get the actual ‘links’ back. Going to try and find the bookmarks.bak file which is chromes backup of your saved web addresses.

  16. wheelsey_4 February 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Nice, Newbie! Now figure out how to customize the links into icons only, please?

  17. Kay February 12, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    It worked for me, now if I can really use it, that is the question?

  18. Gene April 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    I have a LOT of links in IE Favourites and not being able to access them in Chrome is the only reason I won’t migrate to Chrome. There are probably lots of folks who feel the same. I tried Chrome and went back to IE.

    Hello…. are you listening Google?

  19. Jordan May 31, 2017 at 9:07 am #

    i have a google chrome hisense computer and i’m trying to figure out how to add a couple apps onto my favorites bar along the side. right now i only have google chrome on there and id really like to add google docs gmail and pandora hopefully thanks for the help!

  20. cdg July 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    Bookmarks aren’t Favorites, even though they serve similar functions, and it is inaccurate and irresponsible to confuse the two.

  21. Susan Wells September 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    I tried your directions, also tried control, shift, B, but nothing worked. I have windows 10. I had the star favorites icon when i was on internet explorer but when i switched to chrome i cannot get it back. I even contacted microsoft help thru chat, they took over my computer to fix the problem i was having on somthing else and I asked her to fix the favorites which she said she did but when chat ended and my screen came back, there was no favorite icon. Any suggestions?

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