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.
Right-click on an extension and select 'Unpin' from the context menu.
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 Disable Extension Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome
- Close Google Chrome.
- Right-click its desktop shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.
chrome.exeportion in the shortcut target box.
- Launch Google Chrome using the modified shortcut.
You can find extra details for this method HERE.
There is also a legacy method that involves the flag. It doesn't work in Chrome 87 and above any longer.
Enable or Disable Extension Toolbar Menu with a flag
- Open Google Chrome.
- Type the following text into the address bar:
Enabledfrom the drop-down list next to the 'Extensions Toolbar Menu' option to enable the menu.
- Setting it to
Disabledwill disable the extension menu.
- 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.
You are done! Now the browser shows a new button on the toolbar which hosts all browser extension buttons in a group.
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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