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How to Pin Extensions on the Chrome Toolbar

Not all Chrome extensions are created equal. Here’s a look at how to pin and unpin Chrome extensions from the toolbar.

One of the greatest things about the Chrome browser is the sheer number of extensions you can choose from. If you want a certain feature in Chrome, chances are there is an extension to install that will help you with it. But not all extensions need to be shown in the toolbar. Some extensions, Grammarly, for example, work in the background and don’t require an icon. Here’s a look at how to pin and unpin Chrome extensions from the toolbar.

Pin Extensions to the Chrome Toolbar

To pin or unpin extensions from the toolbar first click the “Extensions” button. It’s the icon that looks like a small puzzle piece next to the profile avatar. The dropdown shows all the extensions installed and enabled in Chrome.

Next to each one, you will see a pin icon. If it’s blue it means the extension is showing if white it means it’s hidden.

Click the pin icon next to each one to display or hide the icon. Once an extension is pinned you can rearrange its order in the toolbar.

The extensions menu provides organization features but also makes things more complex. If you want the extensions to just show up in the toolbar you can disable the extensions toolbar feature altogether. To do that type the following into the address bar and press Enter:

chrome://flags/#extensions-toolbar-menu

Then set the dropdown menu to the Disabled option.

For the change to go into effect you will need to relaunch the Chrome browser.

That’s all there is to it. Now the extensions toolbar will be gone and all of your extensions will be visible next to the address bar.

The extensions toolbar menu feature was first introduced in Chrome 76. Before that, all of the extensions show up directly in Chrome’s toolbar just like they do if you disable the extensions toolbar menu flag.

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