How to show or hide the bookmarks or favorites bar

Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
Internet browsers

Internet bookmarks and favorites are a great way to quickly navigate back to the websites you visit the most. That being said, sometimes users prefer not to use bookmarks, or want to hide the bar to give their browser a cleaner look. To show or hide the bookmarks bar, select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

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Google Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the window, click the Menu icon in Google Chrome. icon.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Bookmarks.

Selector for bookmarks in Chrome.

  1. In the Bookmarks menu, click Show bookmarks bar to toggle the bookmarks bar on and off. A checkmark next to the option means the bookmarks bar is enabled and displayed.

Toggle for the bookmarks bar in Google Chrome.

Tip

You may also toggle the bookmarks bar by pressing Ctrl+Shift+B.

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Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, click the Menu icon in Firefox. icon.
  3. In the middle of the drop-down menu that appears, select Library.

Library selector in Firefox.

  1. In the Library menu, select Bookmarks.

Library menu in Firefox.

  1. In the Bookmarks menu, select Bookmarking Tools.

Bookmarking selector in Firefox.

  1. In the Bookmarking Tools menu, click the View/Hide Bookmarks Toolbar option to toggle the bookmarks bar on and off.

Menu option that allows users to toggle the bookmarks bar in Firefox.

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Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click the Settings and more icon Microsoft Edge More menu in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  3. In the drop-down menu, near the bottom, select Settings.

Settings selector in Edge.

  1. Under the Settings menu, select Appearance.

Appearance selector in Edge.

  1. In the Appearance section, under Customize toolbar, click the drop-down menu to the right of the Show favorites bar option.
  2. Select Always to always show the favorites bar, Never to not show the favorites bar, or Only on new tabs to show the favorites bar on new tabs only.

Show favorites bar menu in Edge settings.

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Microsoft Edge Legacy

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge Legacy browser.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, click the More icon in Microsoft Edge. icon.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.

Settings menu selector in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Scroll down until you find the Favorites bar section.

Section where you can toggle the Favorites bar on or off in Edge.

  1. Use the toggle switch to turn on On toggle switch in Edge. or off Off toggle switch in Edge. the Favorites bar.
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Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Right-click anywhere at the very top of the browser window (A).
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, click Favorites bar (B) to toggle it on and off.

Menu to toggle the Favorites bar on and off in Internet Explorer.

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Opera

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Click Menu button in Opera. in the upper-left corner of the browser window.
  3. Select Bookmarks from the drop-down menu that appears.

Selector for bookmarks in Opera.

  1. In the next menu that appears, click Show bookmarks bar to toggle the bookmarks bar on and off. A checkmark next to the option means the bookmarks bar is enabled and displayed.

Option to toggle the bookmarks bar on and off in Opera.

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Safari

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Select View selector in macOS. in the Apple menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Show Favorites Bar to display the Favorites bar. If the Favorites bar is currently displayed, select Hide Favorites Bar to hide the Favorites bar.

Show favorites in Safari.