Disable Extension Toolbar Menu Button in Google Chrome 87

Disable Extension Toolbar Menu Button in Google Chrome - a working method for Google Chrome 87

Some time ago, Google has added a new toolbar button to Chrome, which is hiding extension icons from the toolbar to a menu. This is now enabled by default. Instead of adding them to the right of the address bar, the extensions are now listed in that menu. Today we will review a working method that allows disabling the Extension Toolbar Button in Google Chrome 87.

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The purpose of the menu is to allow the user to 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

From that menu, you can pin individual extensions to make them always visible in the toolbar instead of being hidden behind the extension button drop-down.

For the icons visible in the toolbar, it is possible to 'Unpin' them from the context menu and move back to the puzzle button menu.

Chrome Unpin Extension Button

So, extension 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.

This post will show you how to disable the extension toolbar button in Google Chrome. The method that works in actual Chrome versions, including Google Chrome 87.

To Disable Extension Toolbar Menu Button in Google Chrome 87

  1. Close Google Chrome.
  2. Right-click its desktop shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Add --disable-features=ExtensionsToolbarMenu after the chrome.exe portion in the shortcut target box.Disable Extension Toolbar Menu Button In Google Chrome
  4. Launch Google Chrome using the modified shortcut.

You are done! Now the browser will disable the extension toolbar menu button which hosts all browser extension buttons in a group.

Before:Chrome Extensions Toolbar Menu Button Defaults

After:

Chrome Extensions Toolbar Menu Button Disabled

Try to install an extension now. Its icon will directly go to the toolbar.

The old method not longer works in Chrome 87, so you have to use the above method now. The solution came from our reader "Evan", which discovered it after playing with the same option for Microsoft Edge.

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5 thoughts on “Disable Extension Toolbar Menu Button in Google Chrome 87

  1. Serguei Cambour

    This will work on macOS, only on a Windows PC.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hi
      It should work on macOS.

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      1. Serguei Cambour

        First, there is no desktop icon for Chrome on macOS. Second, there is no ‘chrom.exe’ neither. So how can you even imagine it to work on macOS? If so, just post your solution for macOS to prove it :).

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  2. Michael Hadar

    I can’t paste “–disable-features=ExtensionsToolbarMenu” after the file path in the “Target” field of the Chrome properties. It says: “The name … is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct.”
    What should I do?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      add a space after the .exe portion.
      like chome.exe –disable-features=ExtensionsToolbarMenu

      Reply

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