I am looking for a way to auto-hide the bookmarks bar in Chrome, so that it only shows when I hover over the area.

I'd also like a method to auto-hide the address bar in Chrome that works in a similar fashion.

A Google search gave me a method for the latter, but it doesn't seem to work any more (no "Compact Navigation") option in about:flags as far as I can see).

All suggestions welcome, including extensions.

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    In the meantime, you can press Ctrl+Shift+B to toggle on and off the Chrome bookmark toolbar. Additionally, you can press F11 to toggle the Chrome full screen on and off. You might also look at this and see if you think this software would satisfy your need when in Full Screen mode putting the Chrome options near the bottom of the browser window: chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tabtiles/… – Pimp Juice IT Jul 16 '16 at 3:18

Try control + Shift + B, which hides bookmark bar when any website is opened and only shows in a new tab or home page.


If you have a Windows computer, you can make the browser full-screen with F11. This auto-hides the address bar and bookmark bar and when you move your mouse to the top of the screen, it will show up again. However, both the address bar and bookmark bar will show up; as far as I know there is no way to make them show separately.


What you need to do is first right-click the bookmarks bar and then uncheck "Always show" bookmarks bar. TO access it click on the button top right, select bookmarks and use either the dropdown or reopen the bar.

  • I clearly asked for a method to auto-hide rather than instructions on how to show or hide the bookmarks bar. – surfmadpig Jul 26 '16 at 14:30

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