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How to hide the Bookmarks bar from the New Tab page in Chrome on Windows 10

You can show/hide the Bookmarks bar in Chrome with the Ctrl+Shift+B keyboard shortcut. Regardless if you show/hide it, it will always appear on the New Tab page. Out of the box, you cannot hide the Bookmarks bar from the New Tab page but on Windows 10, a registry edit will allow you to completely hide it. Once hidden by this method, you won’t be able to show it with the Ctrl+Shift+B keyboard shortcut. You can still access bookmarks in Chrome from the more options menu, and from the bookmarks manager.

Hide bookmarks bar from New Tab page

Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box. In the run box, enter the following and tap the Enter key.


The registry editor will open. Navigate to the following key.


We have to create two keys here though it is possible they may already exist on your system. In that case, you only need to create the DWORD value. Right-click the Policies key and select New>Key from the context menu. Name this key Google. Next, right-click the newly created Google key and select New>Key from the context menu. Name this key Chrome.

Finally, right-click the Chrome key and select New>DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it BookmarkBarEnabled. By default, its value should be set to 0. Confirm that it is indeed set to 0 and then close and re-open Chrome.

The Bookmarks bar will be hidden from the New Tab page. This change will be applied to all Chrome profiles that you’ve set up, and to new ones that you create. The change is a purely aesthetic one. The browser’s bookmarking feature is still fully functional so you can tap the Ctrl+D keyboard shortcut, or click the star icon in the URL bar to bookmark a page.

As for accessing bookmarks, we mentioned that there are two ways to do this without using the Bookmarks bar. The first is by clicking the three dots button at the top right and going to Bookmarks in the menu. The sub-menu that opens will list every single page that you’ve bookmarked. The second method is by going to the Bookmarks Manager. You can do this by tapping the Ctrl+Shift+O keyboard shortcut, or by entering the following in the URL bar in Chrome.


If the above two methods aren’t as convenient as you’d like them to be, consider using the Bookmarks menu Chrome extension. It adds a button next to the URL bar which, when clicked, reveals all your bookmarked pages. It offers an easier, and cleaner way to access bookmarks without going through the Bookmarks bar.

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