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Google recently added a black menu bar to its sites and a blue bar promoting Google+. I'll look at what you can and can't do to get rid of them.
I have an XP Home Service Pack 3 Firefox 8. I somehow acquired Google+ and I want to remove it completely. There is toolbar showing +you Web Images Videos ..... , and there is a blue box beneath this toolbar displaying Click here to start sharing Google+. This is both annoying and unsolicited. I have searched the web, but no one seems to have a solution that works. I really like Google and do not really want to use another search engine.
First, I want to be clear: You didn't acquire anything.
This isn't a toolbar in the normal sense, as it's not an add-on to your browser.
In fact, it's not on your machine at all.
It's all about Google's web pages, which are the only places you'll see them.
Google recently added a black menu bar across the top of all of its web properties to enable easy access to more of Google's online services.
That black bar is not a toolbar at all, but rather just a menu that Google has added to most of its websites.
In other words, there's no way that I know of to get rid of it.
Personally, I find it handy as I use a number of Google services, although I wish it were more customizable so I could focus on just those services that I use.
But I totally understand that for many people, it's an unwanted annoyance.
The blue bar that says "Click here to start sharing on Google+" is Google's push to get you to sign up for and use their social media service, Google+ - most often referred to as a Facebook competitor.
I know of only one way to make it go away:
Sign in to your Google account.
Short of that, there's no way that I know of to tell Google that you don't care about Google+ and don't want that constant sales pitch.
I have read that the ad-blocking software "adblock plus" can be used to hide the blue bar, but as a site that relies on advertising for its very existence, I have a hard time recommending any ad-blocking tools as a solution.
Hopefully, Google will hear the same complaints that I'm hearing and will react by at least allowing us to turn that sales pitch off.
Maybe it's only temporary; one can always hope.
One thing that is certain, however, is that things will change. I expect it's very likely that eventually that blue bar will disappear of its own accord and that the black menu bar will also change over time.
While I'm not saying that you should blindly accept things that truly annoy you, I do believe that accepting change in general will make your overall computing experience more pleasant.
What I wanted to start with is a question that I answered about a week and a half ago where somebody was looking at Google and seeing this black bar across the top. They were calling it a toolbar. In a sense, it is a toolbar but it's not a toolbar in the sense that it's a browser add-on. It's actually just something that's on Google's websites. It's across most of their websites if I'm not mistaken. What I came across -they were also actually asking about what didn't show up for me today was this blue advertisement for Google+. But basically this is what they were seeing and it was taking up real estate and they were concerned that ... they wanted to get rid of it, basically. They only way that I knew of to get rid of the blue bar was to go ahead and sign in but apparently Google has, perhaps, heard enough complaints on it that they've removed it on their own.
They are apparently also going to be changing this black bar. If you go out to the 'official' Google blog which is at googleblog.blogspot.com, one of the items that they posted about, gosh, late last month before I even posted my article was talking about what they are calling introducing the new Google bar. I'm not going to play the video for you but what it boils down to is they are taking away the black bar; many people are already seeing this, they're taking away the black bar and replacing it with a dropdown on the logo so you will maybe hover over or click on the Google logo and you will get the same items that are currently being displayed in the black toolbar. The problem as I see it if I understand the video properly, is that they are replacing the narrow black bar with perhaps something that is perhaps more visually appealing but is also permanent across all sites and slightly larger. So it will be interesting to see what people's reactions to that are when it comes out. As I understand it, it is rolling out as we speak but obviously it hasn't rolled out to me yet.
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