If you’re using Google Chrome’s Dev channel, you can finally get rid of some of those extension icons, and there’s two different options for how to do it. Here’s how both of them work.
If you’re wondering how to use the extensions when they are hidden, keep in mind that many extensions these days integrate into the context menu and can be used that way. Also, you’ll need to be using the Dev Channel release in order to get the first feature today.
Method 1: Hide the Button Entirely
If you right-click on any extension button, you can select Hide Button from the menu, which will leave the extension operational but hide the icon. This is where the context menu comes in handy.
If you’ve hidden an icon and want to show it again, head into chrome://extensions and click the Show button link underneath the extension in the list.
This is really helpful for extensions that shouldn’t need an icon at all.
Method 2: Resize the “Extensions Bar”
The second method is to simply drag and resize the “Extensions Bar” so that it hides some or all of the icons behind the little arrows on the right side of the menu.
Whether you hide some or all of the items, you can simply click on the arrow icons to show the extensions in a drop-down menu, where they will work as normal.
Awesome! Got any more Chrome tips?
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- Published 12/9/10