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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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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.

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