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The bookmarks bar is one of those features that you either love or hate. If you prefer a distraction-free environment over speed, hiding it is often a good idea. If you use it to regularly access your favorite sites, however, it can save you a lot of time. Today, we’re going to show you how to show or hide the bookmarks bar in Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge so you can decide for yourself.

Before we start, it’s worth noting that different browsers use different terminology. Firefox calls it the bookmarks toolbar. Edge, the favorites bar. In Chrome it’s called the bookmarks bar. These all refer to the same feature: the space underneath your address bar that displays your saved sites. As we believe this is the most name for the feature, we’ll be using “bookmarks bar” to refer to it in this tutorial.  

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With that said, let’s get on with how to show or hide the bookmarks bar in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge:

How to Show or Hide the Bookmarks Bar in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox with a Keyboard Shortcut

Despite their differences in other areas, Chrome, Firefox, and Edge agree on one thing: the shortcut that should be used to show or hide the bookmarks bar at the top of your browser window. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Click on your browser window and press “Ctrl + Shift + B” on your keyboard

    If your bookmark is showing, pressing this key will instantly hide it. If its hidden, the bookmarks bar will appear below your address bar again.

    Windows 11 - Keyboard - Hotkeys

How to Show or Hide the Bookmarks Bar in Edge via Settings

The Microsoft Edge favorites bar (a.k.a. bookmarks bar) can be easily toggled in its settings menu for those who don’t have a keyboard or struggle to memorize shortcuts. Here’s where you find the option:

  1. Press “…” in the top-right corner and choose “Settings”

     

    Windows 11 - Microsoft Edge - Settings & More - Settings

  2. Click “Appearance” in the sidebar, then switch “Show favorites bar” to “Never”, “Always”, or “Only on new tabs”

    These choices are quite self-explanatory, with “Never” naturally hiding the bookmarks bar in Edge.

    Windows 11 - Microsoft Edge - Settings & More - Settings - Appearance - Show Favourites Bar - Never

How to Hide the Bookmark Bar in Chrome or Edge via Menu Options

A faster way to hide the bookmarks bar in Chrome or Edge is to use its right-click menu. This only works if you have the bookmarks bar showing already, so if you have your bar to only show in new tabs you should open one before starting.

  1. Right-click the bookmarks bar and uncheck “Show bookmarks bar” in the list

    In Edge, you’ll instead hover over “Show favorites bar” and then tick “Never”.

    Windows 11 - Google Chrome - Bookmarks Bar Context Menu - Uncheck Show Bookmarks Bar

  2. OR: Press the three dots and choose “Bookmarks > Show bookmarks bar”

    This option is only there on Chrome at the time of writing.

    Windows 11 - Google Chrome - 3Dots - Bookmarks - Uncheck Show Bookmarks Bar

How to Hide Bookmarks in Chrome via Settings

Much like Microsoft Edge, you can also choose not to display the bookmarks bar by modifying your browser settings. This should only take a few clicks:

  1. Press the “…” in the top-right and choose “Settings”

     

    Windows 11 - Google Chrome - 3Dots - Settings

  2. Click “Appearance” in the sidebar and toggle “Show bookmarks bar”

    Switching the toggle to off will hide the bookmarks bar.

    Windows 11 - Google Chrome - 3Dots - Settings - Appearance - Turn Off Show Bookmarks Bar

How to Show or Hide the Chrome Bookmarks Bar via Registry Edit

If your Chrome bookmarks bar is being particularly stubborn or you need to make the change without interacting directly with the browser, you can do so via the registry. It’s more complex, but still quite approachable for the average user:

  1. Press Start and type “Registry Editor”, then click the top result

     

    Windows 11 - Open Registry Editor

  2. Navigate to the local machine policies key and create a new key

    To do so, paste Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies into your Registry Editor address bar, right-click the “Policies” folder, and choose “New > Key”.

    Windows 11 - Registry Editor - Policies - New Key

  3. Name the new key “Google”

     

    Windows 11 - Registry Editor - Policies - New Key - Rename - Google

  4. Right-click the “Google” folder and select “New > Key”

     

    Windows 11 - Registry Editor - Policies - Google - New Key

  5. Name the new key “Chrome”

     

    Windows 11 - Registry Editor - Policies - Google - Chrome

  6. Right-click any blank space in the main pane and press “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”

     

    Windows 11 - Registry Editor - Policies - Google - Chrome - New DWORD

  7. Name the new DWORD “BookmarkBarEnabled”

     

    Windows 11 - Registry Editor - Policies - Google - Chrome - New DWORD - Rename - BookmarkBarEnabled

How to Show or Hide the Firefox Bookmarks Toolsbar via Menu Options

Firefox allows you to enable or disable the bookmarks bar, whether it’s currently showing or not, in just two clicks:

  1. Right-click next to the address bar and press “Bookmarks Toolbar > Never Show / Always Show”

     

    Windows 11 - Firefox - Bookmarks Toolbar - Check Never Show

  2. OR: Show or Hide the Firefox bookmarks bar via the hamburger menu

    Click the hamburger menu in the top-right, then click the “Bookmarks” heading.

    Windows 11 - Firefox - Hamburger - Bookmarks

  3. Click “Hide bookmarks toolbar”

     

    Windows 11 - Firefox - Hamburger - Bookmarks - Hide Bookmarks Toolbar

Extra: How to Enable or Disable the Integrated PDF reader in Edge, Firefox, and Chrome

With that done, you may want to try some of our other browser tutorials. Such as this one, which will show you how to enable or disable the integrated PDF reader.

Extra: How to Turn on Caret Browsing in Chrome or Edge

Alternatively, you can learn how to turn on Caret browsing in Chrome and Edge so you can easily select text with your keyboard.

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