You may have noticed a gray bar that appears at the top of your pages when logged into your WordPress.com account. This gray bar is called the Admin Bar and it is an easy-to-access toolbar with shortcuts to many of the WordPress.com features you already know and love.
The WordPress Logo
The drop-down menu that appears when you hover over the WordPress logo is a quick way to access many of social features available on WordPress.com.
For example, you can access the following features in this menu:
The Blog Menu, located next to the WordPress logo on the left-hand side of your Admin Bar, has two different appearances. One for when you’re visiting one of your own blogs and another for when you’re visiting the blog of another WordPress.com user.
When visiting one of your own blogs, the Blog Menu provides you with nifty shortcuts for managing your blog’s content, such as taking you straight to your Comments, Customizer, and Widget pages.
If you’re browsing a WordPress.com site that you do not own, you will only see the bottom portion of text (shown in a gray-ish hue above). The Report this content menu item is an easy way to let us know if the blog you’re visiting is violating any of our Terms of Service.
Follow, Like, Reblog, and Sparklines
After the Blog Menu, you will see three neat social features on WordPress.com: the Follow button, the Like button, and the Reblog button. Following a blog adds it to the Reader. Clicking the Like button lets the blog owner know that you enjoyed their post, without needing to leave a comment. You can also see a list of blog posts that you’ve liked by clicking on Posts I Like tab in the Reader. Clicking the Reblog button reblogs that post on your blog.
The tiny graph that you see in your Admin Bar—or your Sparkline—provides a shortcut to your Site Stats page. The chart consists of 48 upright bars representing the last 48 hours of page views for the current blog, with darker lines indicating nighttime pageviews.
The Main Menu, which appears on the far-right side of your Admin Bar, offers some handy shortcuts for accessing the administrative functions of your WordPress.com blogs.
At the very bottom of the drop-down menu, you’ll see a list of each blog connect to your account. Upon hovering over each of these blog names, an additional drop-down menu will appear on the left-hand side. Here, you can access the Dashboard for each of your blogs, add a new post, check your site stats, manage your comments, or simply read your blog.
The small magnifying icon that appears on the right end of your Admin Bar is our Search tool. To type in a query, simply click on the magnifying glass icon and watch the icon expand into a text box. Keep in mind that your search query will automatically be limited to the blog you’re viewing. To search all of WordPress.com, simply head over to our search page to run your search.