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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by polli, Jan 30, 2015.

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  1. polli

    polli Thread Starter

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    I decided to try Chrome after many years with IE

    I cant seem to get it to do what I want and so far much prefer IE.

    Tried to get rid of the Bookmarks Bar . But all internet suggestions don't work. EG press 3 lines and take tick out of Show Bookmarks Bar does nothing!
    Cant seem to find a way to enable a status bar.
    Also just want a blank Google Search Page without the boxes showing what I searched for last.
    And to enable the bookmarks to be in order I have to click then go to opposite side of page
    Is it me or is Chrome just not as good as IE?
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Hi polli,

    That depends on what your opinion of good is. Google Chrome is currently the most popular browser, so that would seem to indicate that most people view it the best.

    Having said that, what each person looks for in a browser is different. I used IE for years, then Mozilla Firefox, and have used Google Chrome for several years now and love it.

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    As for getting rid of your bookmarks bar, click the Bookmarks bar then press and hold Ctrl + Shift + B. Then close and re-open your Google Chrome window.

    You mentioned a status bar...what exactly do you mean by this? The bar at the bottom of Internet Explorer that tells you a bit about what's going on behind the scenes?

    And I'm not sure what you mean by going to the opposite side of the page for bookmarks.
     
  3. flavallee

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    I also much prefer Internet Explorer. (y)

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    Google Chrome can be a system hog, so hopefully your computer has the processor and RAM to handle it.

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  4. polli

    polli Thread Starter

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    Hi I tried press Ctrl shift and b already.Doesn't work.
    Just don't want my bookmarks all across the top. In IE they only bend up there if put in the favorite's folder.
    Also wondered why there wasnt a status bar at the bottom of the page?
    Sorry am not explaining myself properly. Regarding bookmarks you have to go from the right hand side of the page to the left to organise them etc
    Seems long winded.

    And how do I get a blank start page with out boxes telling me what sites I have just been on?
    Searched the internet but there doesn't seem to be any answers that work

    I bought a Chromecast so thought I better try to use chrome. But so far been a dissapointment
     
  5. TheShooter93

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    This and removing the tick mark next to "Show Bookmarks Bar" works fine on my system.

    Have you restarted Google Chrome after doing one of these?

    This is by design. See here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/uwxna5pb9yI

    There may be an extension available by a 3rd party that allows you to install a status bar though.

    That is also just how it is designed. I have my Bookmarks Bar enabled and keep a folder of all my bookmarks on it so I can access them with one click.

    This extension will give you that feature: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...age/dpjamkmjmigaoobjbekmfgabipmfilij?hl=en-US

    Again, Google Chrome may just not be the web browser for you and that's fine. People use different browsers for many reasons.

    I know people who use Mozilla Firefox because of the open-source mindset of the creators and community that work on it. The customization options available for it were once also a huge selling point.

    I also know others who use Internet Explorer, including Frank (flavallee), who has responded to your post above. :)

    Find whichever works best for you and go with it. There's no reason you need to feel obligated to get Chrome to work for you when there is already something you know you like.
     
  6. polli

    polli Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the interesting reply
    I just thought I needed to know more about it to use Chromecast.
    So can I just have one folder in the Bookmarks Bar ( it still won't go) and add all my bookmarks into it so they dont show? Though cant figure out how to do that either.
    Do all the Bookmarks have to go into the bookmarks bar?
    In IE I have found the quickest way to tidy favorite's is to open the favorite's folder and do it that way.

    Is there also a way to hide the page of boxes showing last opened websites each time I start chrome?
     
  7. Spandexer

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    Hi Polli,

    I had to learn to use Chrome because it became my work email program and I had no choice! :eek:
    Chrome is just...different. ;)
    The first time I tried to hide the Bookmarks Bar just made the actual bar get a little bit thinner and didn't hide it at all. I had to click "Hide Bookmarks Bar", close and reopen Chrome, and click Hide Bookmarks Bar again before it actually disappeared. However, every time I open Chrome and choose New Tab, that danged Bookmarks Bar is back. I finally just moved all of my bookmarks off the bar. The bar still shows up but now it's just blank.

    There are a number of extensions available at the Chrome webstore that seem to be able to change how a new tab is set up.

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions

    Maybe something there might appeal to you? I'm currently trying out "Empty New Page".

    Ah, looks like Shooter beat me to it. :p
     
  8. polli

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    Thanks. But where did you move your Bookmarks to? Cant seem to figure out the folder structure.
     
  9. Spandexer

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    Polli,

    I opened a new tab and then clicked on the "Bookmark This Page" star. From there, I was able to create new folders separate from the Bookmarks Bar folder.
    After that, I went to the Bookmarks Manager and dragged all the bookmarks from the Bar to one of the other folders I had created.
     
  10. polli

    polli Thread Starter

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    Hi Was this by clicking on the star in the Address Bar?
    Can I create a folder that way and add everything to it then? To stop the Bookmarks Bar being full and showing?
     
  11. Spandexer

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    Yes!
    Yes! It worked for me.
    :)
     
  12. mpeet611

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    Sorry i'm late to the party but if you're still trying to hide the bookmarks bar click on the button that looks like 3 lines, it's on the right of the favorites star, go to bookmarks & click on Show bookmarks bar. If it has a check next to it clicking on it will make it disappear on all pages except for the new tab page. This is by design. Also if you go to the bookmarks manager you can create folders & organize all your bookmarks to your liking. For future reference when you create a bookmark by clicking the star you can choose from the list of folders where you want the new bookmark to be created. If you want to change the new tab page there are apps in the chrome app store that will do that for you.

    I switched from IE to chrome about 5 or more years ago because IE was loading everything very slowly (i later found out that my mcafee anti-virus which i no longer have was making IE slow) & i fell in love with chrome right away. To this day i still love chrome & it's the only browser i enjoy using.
     
  13. polli

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    Thanks for the reply But no matter how many times I take the check out of show bookmarks bar it is still there!
     
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