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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:28

Once more the Google UI has changed for me: Instead of the start menu introduced by the end of last year the black bar is back, albeit with a slightly different design as before. Tested while logged in and logged out in Safari, Firefox, IE 9 and Chrome 18. Screenshot:

Screen Shot 2012-02-09 at 21.24.48.png

Does anybody else see this change?


#2 etempest

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:29

I do, I prefer the black bar vs the upper left drop down menu they were trying out.
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#3 mps69

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:32

Yeah noticed this yesterday, they have changed the order of the items too. Gmail used to be second, now for me at least while in Greader it's the seventh item.
I do have to say it not too bad, I've seen worse.
There is a difference between mine and yours. Yours shows Mail, mind shows GMail.

#4 still1

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:35

Edit: nevermind...

#5 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:37

as i am an avid user of iGoogle, the black bar had never disappeared for me.

#6 threetonesun

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:38

Mine seems to change every week. It's getting quite annoying.

#7 Glassed Silver

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:43

Same here. Black bar! (Y)

Can't stand that start menu thingy... It just adds clicks to things you commonly click.
I switch between images, product search, web and sometimes others WAY to often to find hiding these remotely useful to me.

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#8 c3ntury

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:44

as i am an avid user of iGoogle, the black bar had never disappeared for me.


Really? I never liked the widget-esque interface myself.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:44

I'm still with the black bar at the top. I maybe saw the new design for a day or two in mid January.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:44

It's a conspiracy

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:45

It's a conspiracy

Oh Hum! :p (Y)

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:46

Yep the black bar is back for me too! I do much prefer it to the drop down thing. I hope they've come to their senses!

#13 ViperAFK

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:48

the black bar is way better. current one just wastes screen space for no reason and is awkward to use.

#14 Jason S.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:52

i never lost the black bar on my desktop at home, but did lose it on my work laptop. however, it's back today (or at least i just noticed it)

#15 chicken-royal

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 20:53

Same here. Never had the new drop down menu on .com domains, but had it on .co.uk ones - though now Google Reader still seems to have some of the new drop down menu and the black bar. (on reader.google.co.uk)

All a bit strange!