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This is the guy who lead the design on the Google+ Circle Editor, and also one of the main designers for the original Macintosh software.
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Today we’re rolling out a new feature that makes the Google+ bar float at the top of the screen when you scroll down. It also floats differently on big vs. small screens to maximize reading space. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Video Transcript

Hi. My name is Andy Herzfeld and I'm a designer and an engineer on the Google+ team.

One of my favorite features of Google+ is the black "plus bar" across the top, because it unites all of Google, putting most of my frequently used services a mere click away. The red notification count on the right lets me know when there's something new to view, and the drop-down sharing menu makes sharing to your circles accessible no matter what you're doing.

Unfortunately, like most users, I spend most of my time scrolled down in the stream, so the plus bar is usually not on the screen, so I don't have quick access to it. Today we’re fixing this -- let me show you.

We're rolling out a new feature that makes the plus bar and the thicker, gray navigation bar below it float at the top of the screen, so they're always accessible no matter how far down you've scrolled.

Of course, screen space is precious, especially on mobile devices, and we don't want to take up a large percentage of it with controls, no matter how useful they are. So we made the floating bar sensitive to the available space in the window.

Here I’ve made the window a little smaller, so notice that only the black bar stays on the screen when I scroll. Now I’ll make the window even smaller yet, and you’ll notice that now neither bar stays on the screen when I scroll, giving you maximum real estate to read your posts.

We've just started rolling out this feature, so you'll see it appear over the next few days.

Thanks for listening, and let us know what you think!
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15 comments
 
FINALLY. Goddamn, why didn't they do this in the first place? It just makes sense...
 
nooooo no no no now if they would make sure there's an option to turn it off, too... floating text bars are really not good, IMO, and mess up my sense of where I am on the page and reading, as a dyslexic person.
 
Oh thank The Goddess! Scrolling back up was a bit of a nuisance, not horrible but a nuisance, now I can see when a new notification hits and still be looking at content.. Thanks Andy and G+ team :)

Addenda: You guys even took into account smaller screens and windows! Now I wish I could +1 you twice :)
 
Crossing my fingers that next up is being able to choose which circles make up my default stream! (please?) (yes, I know there are extensions, I want to be able to have this in my browser of choice, not have to use an extension...)
 
+Rowan Thunder , until or unless they add a manual override, a window of a smaller size on your screen will eliminate it. Kinda sucks that you'd have to do that, but I'm sure if they hear it enough, they'll add a manual control on that to settings.
 
Chrome uses can get this with the Replies and More extension but it doesn't change with windows size. Looking forward to this being rolled out.
Still wonder why there isn't the black bar at the top of YouTube yet.
Clint
 
Just looked up and hey, presto I have it. Gotta' be happy with that.
 
Working here straight away as I noticed the video hit, so that's pretty awesome, I hope this gets rolled out pretty quick for the rest of you.. its a sigh of relief :)
Jrel
 
That's funny; I was just about to complain that it's not working for me, but now it is.
 
I like the floating black bar, can you add a "back to top" button to it
 
It's an awesome idea but on the same note, one thing I always find missing is my streams and sparks as I navigate down.
Once I'm done with one circle stream I usually want to go to the next stream but I have to navigate to the top of the page, any chance you'll make them float too?
+Andy Hertzfeld , thanks for a great job on plus, till your brilliant work on G+ I couldn't imagine there could be a better look for social than facebook.
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