April’s issue of Cold Spring Harbor Protocols includes instructions for Rapid Coomassie Blue Staining of Protein Gels. This method is an adaptation of the conventional Coomassie staining protocol described in Staining Proteins in Gels with Coomassie Blue. Coomassie Brilliant Blue R250 (CBR-250) is the most commonly used dye for visualizing proteins because of its relatively high sensitivity. The modified method speeds up the destaining process for faster results with increased sensitivity and is compatible with mass-spectrometry-based methods for identifying proteins. Other methods for staining proteins can also be found in Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, including the Zinc/Imidazole Procedure for Visualization of Proteins in Gels by Negative Staining, and Staining Proteins in Gels with Silver Nitrate. Silver Nitrate’s sensitivity is in the low-nanogram range, which is 50-100 times more sensitive than classical Coomassie Blue staining, ~10 times better than colloidal Coomassie Blue staining, and at least twice as sensitive as the zinc/imidazole negative staining method.