Fix: Chrome Bookmarks Bar Missing

Some of the Google Chrome users are experiencing major issues with the browser. All of a sudden, you might notice that your bookmark bar is missing. This will happen even if you had the bookmarks bar set on “Show” option. The bookmark bar will automatically disappear. In some cases, users reported that they were able to see the bookmarks bar but only when they opened a new tab. The bookmarks bar disappears whenever they visit a website or perform a search operation.

Chrome Bookmarks Bar Missing
Chrome Bookmarks Bar Missing

What causes your bookmarks bar to disappear?

Here is the reason for your bookmark’s disappearance.

Unchecked/Disabled Show Bookmarks Bar option: The thing that causes your bookmarks bar to disappear is the Google Chrome’s default behavior. It isn’t a bug or an issue with the browser, it is the way they have set up the bookmarks bar. If you haven’t turned on the “Always show bookmarks bar” option then Google Chrome will show the bookmarks bar only for a brief moment. And this brief moment is the moment when you open a new tab.

Method 1: Show Bookmarks Bar via Bookmarks Bar

The solution for your missing bookmarks bar is to simply turn on the option “Show bookmark bar”. You can turn on the option from the bookmarks bar itself. Follow the steps given below.

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Open a new tab so that you can see the bookmarks bar
  3. When the bookmark bar appears, right-click the bookmarks bar and select Show bookmark bar
Check Show bookmark
Turn on Show bookmark

That’s it. Settings this option to true will always show your bookmarks bar.

Method 2: Use Shortcut Keys to Show Bookmarks Bar

You can use the shortcut keys to turn on or off the bookmarks bar. Simply open the Google Chrome and press CTRL, SHIFT, and B buttons simultaneously (CTRL + SHIFT + B). This should enable the option to always show bookmarks bar.

Method 3: Use Settings to Turn on Show Bookmarks Bar

You can turn on the Show Bookmarks Bar option from the settings of Google Chrome. This solution is a bit longer so we will suggest methods 1 and 2. However, this solution will get the job done as well. Simply follow the steps given below

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click on the 3 dots on the top right corner
  3. Select Settings
Google Chrome open settings
Google Chrome Settings
  1. Scroll down and you should be able to see an option named Show Bookmarks Bar (it should be in the second section)
  2. Toggle on the Show Bookmarks Bar option
Turn on Show bookmark
Turn on Show bookmark

This should solve the issue for you.

Method 4: Update Google Chrome

If you still can’t see the bookmarks bar or you are seeing a yellow exclamation mark on the top right corner then we will suggest updating the Google Chrome. Even if you updated Google Chrome recently, we would still advise you to at least for the latest updates. Google Chrome gets regular updates and the issue might be caused by an outdated browser. Follow the steps given below to check for the updates.

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Type chrome://help/ in the address bar and press Enter
  3. You will see a circle spinning and a status saying Checking for updates. Just wait for it to finish checking for updates.
Update Google Chrome
Update Google Chrome
  1. Your browser will automatically be updated if it wasn’t updated to the latest version.

Check if the issue persists once the browser is updated.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.