Enable or Disable Extension Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome

How to Enable or Disable Extension Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome

Google has launched a new experiment. For some users, Chrome is hiding extension icons by default. Instead of adding them to the right of the address bar, the browser hides them behind an extension menu.

The extension toolbar menu is not a new feature. It was already announced last summer.

When the menu enabled, you can hide redundant extension buttons from the toolbar.

When the user clicks the puzzle piece icon, the extension menu opens and displays a list of all enabled extensions the user has installed. The extension list is grouped by the level of data access the extension has on the currently selected tab.

Chrome Extension Menu

Right-click on an extension and select 'Unpin' from the context menu.

Chrome Unpin Extension Button

With today's change, Google updates the behavior of the extension menu. Earlier, the user had to unpin the extension icons manually. Now, icons are hidden by default for all the installed extensions, making them harder to spot. This change has already been criticized by developers and experienced users who believe the solution is confusing to the end user.

If you want to give it a try, do the following.

To Enable or Disable Extension Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome,

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Type the following text into the address bar: chrome://flags/#extensions-toolbar-menu.
  3. Select Enabled from the drop-down list next to the 'Extensions Toolbar Menu' option to enable the menu.Chrome Enable Extensions Menu
  4. Setting it to Disabled will disable the extension menu.
  5. Restart Google Chrome by closing it manually or you can also use the Relaunch button which will appear at the very bottom of the page.Google Chrome Relaunch Button

You are done! Now the browser shows a new button on the toolbar which hosts all browser extension buttons in a group.Chrome Extension Menu

The menu contains the Manage extensions link for convenience.

Try to install an extension now. It will go into the new menu.

Note: You can enable the similar extension menu in Microsoft Edge.

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4 thoughts on “Enable or Disable Extension Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome

  1. Ираида

    Большое спасибо! Очень удобно! Гораздо удобнее, чем раньше – всё в куче. :-)

    Reply
  2. Andrew Johnson

    I came here looking to REMOVE THE PUZZLE PIECE Extensions icon. Instead, you told me how to remove the extensions!!!!!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      No. You are wrong.
      Setting the flag chrome://flags/#extensions-toolbar-menu to Disabled will disable the puzzle button.
      This is what the article about.

      Reply
  3. Steven Parker

    Thanks, yet another Chrome “improvement” that requires more actions to complete a task. DISABLED!

    Reply

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