Google Retires Drop-Down Menu, Black Navigation Bar Returns

Google’s drop-down menu, which was introduced in late November as part of the “next stage” of its massive redesign, is history. Google will revert to an updated version of the black navigation bar that began appearing just ahead of the launch of Google+.

When the Google bar was redesigned in November, Google said the goal was to reduce clutter. Apparently users didn’t like it, as Google noted that, based on feedback, there were “some elements of the new bar that we could improve.”

Rather than a drop-down menu with icons for each Google service, horizontal links now run across the top of Google's pages – +You, Search, Images, Maps, YouTube, News, Mail, Documents, Calendar, and More, which brings up a drop-down list of links to Translate, Offers, Wallet, Books, and even more.

Here’s what the drop-down menu looked like:

 

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And here’s Google with the black navigation bar:

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Google said the new Google bar will roll out “over the next few weeks.”

Did you like Google's drop-down menu, or are you glad to see the black navigation return? Let us know in the comments.

About the author

Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.