How to Customize or Change Your Browser Toolbar with Ease

Enabling your toolbar is easier than you expect

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  • Toolbars are graphical control elements that display on-screen icons.
  • Even though developers are removing toolbars, there’s still a way to use a toolbar in your web browser.
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Toolbars are a common part of many applications, but it seems that modern browsers are slowly but surely removing them in order to streamline the user interface.

Even though developers are removing toolbars, there’s still a way to use a toolbar in your web browser, and today we’re going to show you how to manage toolbars in your browser.

What kind of customization can you do to toolbars?

A toolbar, sometimes known as a bar or a standard toolbar, is a row of buttons that controls the functionality of the software. Toolbars are often located towards the top of an application window.

On these toolbars, you have the ability to add, delete, and rearrange buttons. You may also modify the size of the buttons on these toolbars, as well as display or conceal the text labels and tooltips associated with each button.

The Customize dialog box contains all of the available choices for changing the toolbar as you would wish it to be.

Without further ado, let’s see how you can enable your browser toolbar and customize it as per your liking. Follow along!

How do I customize my browser toolbar?

1. Opera

  1. To reveal the bookmarks toolbar, do the following: open the Opera menu and go to Bookmarks, and select Show bookmarks.

Opera doesn’t have a standard toolbar, and the only toolbars that it has are the bookmarks toolbar and extensions toolbar.

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To customize the toolbar, do the following:

Managing the extensions’ toolbar is simple, and you can drag and rearrange extensions easily. You can also hide certain extensions from the toolbar by doing the following:

  1. Open the Opera menu and go to Extensions followed by Extensions.ext-opera browser toolbar customization
  2. Locate the extension that you want to hide from the toolbar and click on Details.
    details opera extension browser toolbar
  3. Now enable Hide from toolbar option.
    hide from toolbar browser toolbar

Another great feature that you will find in Opera is the option to organize your tabs into Workspaces. You can name the workspace based on categories or various topics such as family, work, shopping, etc.

Managing toolbars in Opera is simple, but it has many other features. The browser has a built-in ad blocker that will make pages load faster and a free unlimited VPN for an extra layer of security.

Additional features such as pop-out video player, messenger and Instagram integration, support for workflows, and the ability to search for tabs are also available.

2. Firefox

  1. Press the Alt key then select View and select Toolbars.view-toolbars-firefox browser toolbar customization
  2. From there you can choose which toolbars you want to keep visible.toolbar firefox option browser toolbar customization

To customize the toolbar, do the following:

  1. If you wonder where the customized toolbar is, press the Alt key then select View and select Toolbars.
  2. Next, select Customize toolbar in Firefox then drag and drop any icons that you want to be displayed in your Toolbar.customize-tool browser toolbar customization

3. Edge

  1. Click the Menu button in the top right corner and select Settings.edge-seettings browser toolbar customization
  2. Here, type toolbar then select all the buttons that you want to be displayed in your toolbar.toolbar-options browser toolbar customization

4. Chrome

  1. Click the Menu icon in the top right corner then select Bookmarks.bookmarks-chrome browser toolbar customization
  2. Next, select Show bookmarks bar.

Manage your extensions by doing the following:

  1. Click the puzzle icon from your toolbar and click the pin next to an extension to display it.pin-ext browser toolbar customization
  2. Click again on the pin next to the extension in order to stop displaying it. Pretty simple to customize the Chrome toolbar, right?

Where is the enhanced browser toolbar?

Providing easy access to functionalities that are often used inside the software is typically the purpose of a toolbar.

For instance, a formatting toolbar in Microsoft Excel provides you with access to a variety of buttons that allow you to perform tasks such as making text bold or adjusting the alignment of text.

In the last section, we demonstrated how to activate the toolbar in each of the four most popular browsers for Windows 10/11 and other operating systems.

After you have activated the toolbar, it will be placed at the very top of the window that is displayed in your browser.

Furthermore, we recommend that you take a look at our post on Chrome toolbar missing: 7 tested ways to get it back.

Managing toolbars in your web browser is simple, and we hope that you found our article helpful.

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