Google Feature – Google Bar
The Google bar, which runs above each of Google’s products and offers easy access to Google’s services, updated its look on November 29, 2011 to help you navigate quickly between products, and share the right stuff with the right people easily on Google+.
Google announced on The Official Google Blog on November 29, 2011:
Six months ago we started rolling out a new look and feel for Search, News, Maps, Translate, Gmail and a bunch of other products.
We’re now ready for the next stage of our redesign—a new Google bar that will enable you to navigate quickly between our services, as well as share the right stuff with the right people easily on Google+.
Read more on The Official Google Blog
The new gray bar has three main regions.
On the left, the Google logo contains a drop down menu displaying top Google products when you rollover or click on it. Click the More section to reach additional properties.
Even when a user is not signed in to Google account, the user can still navigate to Google’s services through the drop-down menu displayed under Google logo.
The central area contains a search box for the Google service you are currently using.
The right side features notifications, share box and your picture.
The notifications icon displays the number of alerts on your Google+ account. You can view these notifications by clicking on the number in the red box.
You can share to your circles on Google+ from the share box, no matter what Google product you are using. Just write in the share box, select the circles you would like to share with, and post. The icons at the bottom of the box can be used to add photos, videos, links, or share your location.
To sign out, switch accounts or manage your account, click your picture on the upper right hand side and select the appropriate action.
To find out more about the new Google bar, take a look at this video:
Introducing New Google Bar
Uploaded by Google on Nov 29, 2011
A new Google bar helps you navigate quickly between products, and share the right stuff with the right people easily on Google+.
The new bar appeared on my Google+ profile today. But I still don’t see it on other Google products. Moreover, the drop down menu appears only on my personal profile and not on my business page. So I won’t be able to navigate to other products from my business page. I would also like to see more flexibility with frequently used products like Search, Gmail, Reader, Translate on the Main drop down menu, and less important products pushed to More menu. I wish Google could let us set our own menu!
Google has introduced the new bar with plenty of flexibility for the future. We expect more changes in future.
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