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Hide Google Chrome Extension Icons from the Toolbar

When Google updated its Chrome browser to version 49, you might have noticed that it now displays your extension icons on the toolbar. In fact, after Chrome is updated, and you use it for the first time, you’ll get a brief message that points it out.

extensions message

However, if you aren’t a fan of the icons being displayed on the toolbar, you hide them in the Chrome menu.

Hide Chrome Extension Icons

To remove the extension icons, right-click the one you want to hide and select

Hide in Chrome Menu

After they have been hidden, if you need to access to the icons again for any reason, just open the Chrome menu and you’ll see them listed at the top.

Google Chrome Menu extensions

The extension icons I hide are the ones that don’t require any interaction like HTTPS Everywhere. Once it’s enabled it continues to work in the background and that goes for a lot of various extensions. But for the extensions that do require regular action, like Pocket, I find it handy to have itdisplayed on the toolbar rather than hunting it down in the Chrome menu.

What’s your take on the new toolbar feature in the latest version of Google Chrome? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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