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New Google Bar  (Source:
The new Google Bar has a drop-down menu, a search bar and Google+ tools instead of the traditional horizontal black bar at the top of the screen

Google has been working on a new design for its Search and product pages over the last six months, and it has finally offered a preview of the end result.

The new Google Search design consists of a new navigation bar. Google users are familiar with the traditional horizontal, black navigation bar at the top of the screen, which includes links to Google products and Google+ tools. But now, this bar will be eliminated entirely and replaced with the all-new Google bar.

The new Google bar has a drop-down menu that can be accessed by clicking the Google logo in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. This menu offers options like Search, Images, Maps, YouTube, News, Mail Documents and more.

Moving horizontally to the right is a search bar nestled right next to the Google drop-down menu.

To the far right of the new Google bar is a set of Google+ tools that allows a user to jump to their Google+ page, receive instant notifications, and even share photos, videos, text, maps, etc. with Google+ friends or Circles. Clearly, Google is trying to make Google+ a bit more apparent to those who either do not have a Google+ account or have one but forgot about it.

Source: The Official Google Blog

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Not a fan
By hemmy on 11/30/2011 12:11:16 PM , Rating: 4
The bar up top is far more useful. I am also not a fan of the new gmail look.

RE: Not a fan
By Spuke on 11/30/2011 12:17:16 PM , Rating: 4
Love the new gmail, far more useful than the old crap.

RE: Not a fan
By Jeff7181 on 11/30/2011 12:41:22 PM , Rating: 2
I don't like how bright it is... it's almost blinding if you've been looking at something dark or are in a dark room.

RE: Not a fan
By Etsp on 11/30/2011 12:59:34 PM , Rating: 1
Click on the Gear in the top-right corner of the screen.
Go to Mail Settings
Click on Themes
Pick one that's not too bright for you.

There are plenty of valid complaints of the new Gmail interface. "Too bright" is not one of them.

For example, the new interface is incredibly slow in Firefox. Perhaps Google hasn't addressed this issue because it's an issue with Firefox and they are attempting to put pressure on that organization. Perhaps Google simply didn't care enough about Firefox to work around the issue. I don't know.

I use Firefox as my main browser, and it's now painful to check my email because of the sluggishness.

RE: Not a fan
By quiksilvr on 11/30/2011 1:05:34 PM , Rating: 1
1. What version of Firefox are you running?
2. Are you encountering the same issues with IE, Opera, etc.?
3. Sometimes clearing up temporary files, cache, cookies, etc. and doing an uninstall and fresh install helps.

RE: Not a fan
By Etsp on 11/30/2011 2:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think there is an HTML5 compatible version of Firefox that isn't affected by this. Opera, Chrome, IE all work fine. There are a large number of users affected by this.

RE: Not a fan
By Solandri on 11/30/2011 2:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
There are plenty of valid complaints of the new Gmail interface. "Too bright" is not one of them.

I don't like the default appearance of the new Gmail, but I like how they're adding lots of options for the appearance. Each individual is able to tailor it to their own preference, instead of having to live with a monolithic universal standard. I was able to toggle a few options and get it back to something I liked.
I use Firefox as my main browser, and it's now painful to check my email because of the sluggishness.

Firefox crashes frequently enough for me that I installed Chrome as my "Gmail app". I do my web browsing on Firefox, and keep Gmail/Google Docs/G+ open in Chrome.

RE: Not a fan
By TakinYourPoints on 11/30/11, Rating: -1
RE: Not a fan
By QuimaxW on 12/1/2011 10:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
For the new GMail in Firefox...I use firefox across 32 & 64 bit Windows and 32/64 bit Linux. I experience the same sluggishness only on 64bit Windows 7. Weird. seems better after turning off the hardware acceleration in the Tools > Options. For my browsing (and my system), I don't think it was really helping with anything anyways.

RE: Not a fan
By Strunf on 12/1/2011 7:21:53 AM , Rating: 2
I feel exactly the same, the new themes are too bright and the dark one is too dark, the dark theme from the old version was just perfect for me.They could allow us to change the colors of the elements, something like custom themes.

RE: Not a fan
By powerwerds on 12/1/2011 9:15:52 AM , Rating: 2
For simple web searches, you might enjoy the energy saving variant of googles search engine: Blackle.

RE: Not a fan
By nafhan on 12/1/2011 10:19:36 AM , Rating: 2
It's not going to do much for power saving unless you are running an AMOLED screen or an LED screen that can change local back-lighting levels. In other words, almost no one will save power that way.

RE: Not a fan
By MadMan007 on 12/1/2011 10:46:46 AM , Rating: 2
Right, because 'almost no one' has CCFL LCD screens...derp.

RE: Not a fan
By nafhan on 12/1/2011 2:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
Since that's the opposite of what I said, I'm uncertain why you replied to me...

RE: Not a fan
By acer905 on 11/30/2011 12:45:29 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I think it's too big. The thing i love about Chrome is the tiny amount of space that is taken up by the toolbars. Especially fullscreen with the tabs up top with the close button.

The black bar also took up very little space. This thing is monstrous in comparison. Stop stealing screen real estate!

RE: Not a fan
By markuss232 on 11/30/2011 12:52:05 PM , Rating: 2
The new bar actually takes up less space...It incorporates the original black bar into the search bar. That being said I think I still preferred the old bar at the top to a drop-down interface

RE: Not a fan
By acer905 on 11/30/2011 12:58:49 PM , Rating: 2
Guess it just looks bigger to me in the small picture. Either way it feels too large to me, which is almost as bad. A product can rock, but if customers don't quite get it, you get WP7 and Zune

By nocturne_81 on 11/30/2011 4:28:21 PM , Rating: 3
I'm beginning to think that Google forgot what put it on top compared to Excite, HotBot, Webcrawler, Yahoo, and the countless other search engines during the advent of the net -- a simple user interface that doesn't intrude on what the user is trying to accomplish..

By espaghetti on 11/30/2011 10:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe after Google clutters up their website, Bing will get rid of the annoying backgrounds.
Bottom line for search engines :

If you don't like it..
By piroroadkill on 12/1/2011 3:58:57 AM , Rating: 2
Or don't like some of the annoying crap Google search pulls in general, try out

Don't like the new changes.
By tayb on 12/1/2011 9:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
Don't like the changes to Analytics, Search, or Gmail. And I'm not the kind of person that opposes progress simply because it's different than what I'm used to but the changes aren't improvements.

I wish there was a way to opt out and go back to the old crap. I'm constantly frustrated by the new gmail look. I don't even know who google is trying to impress.

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