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Add a Stealth Mode Boss Button to Google Chrome

Do you like to browse shopping, social, and video websites while at work and need a really quick way to hide them if the boss strolls through? Now you can hide those websites easily with the Boss Button extension for Google Chrome.

Installation & Setup

Once the extension has finished installing you will see an “empty spot” that is actually your new invisible “Boss Button” and a short extension management message. Invisible is good!

Note: During our tests the Boss Button remained invisible regardless of theme background color (excellent!).


The “Boss Button” will appear as an “empty box button” when you hover over it.

Note: There is only one option to worry with…choosing a “prim and proper” webpage as your cover.


Just Before the Panic

So there you are with some fun videos to watch, your personal e-mail & Remember The Milk accounts open, and a couple of great tech sites with lots of reading goodness. Just as you are getting settled into all that goodness here comes the manager on “walk about” through the office…

Note: During our tests the Boss Button did seem to “interfere” with some flash games (which may or may not be due to a “quirk” in our browser’s settings).


Boss Button in Action

Time to get everything hidden as quickly as possible! Just click on that wonderful “invisible Boss Button” and…


Nothing but pure innocence.


Once your manager has returned to their office you can get back to all of that “important” browsing that you were doing before. Click on that wonderful button again and…


Indulge in the goodness.



Keep in mind that your job security is more important than visiting your favorite websites. But if you do need to keep some websites “out of sight” from prying eyes (i.e. coworkers trying to see confidential work data or such), then this could definitely be a very useful addition to your browser.


Download the Boss Button extension (Google Chrome Extensions via GitHub)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/19/10

Comments (6)

  1. tas

    this is good, but basically the idea is to hide the pron websites >.>

  2. Alec S.

    @tas, oh you are so fired. :p

  3. Ishan@ILoveFreeSoftware

    perfect application for my office computer.

  4. David

    It’s neat, but keep in mind it closes the tabs and keeps track of the page currently displayed. It loses your “back” history, and if you were filling in a form, you lost the info.

  5. Cool guy

    This is a nice option, but chrome plus has got another better option, a customizable boss key, which will hide the entire browser from ur taskbar, but its visible in task manager. no tabs are lost nor any history..
    i prefer that than this boss key

  6. Ryan Dozier

    I see this coming in handy when I’m doing some shopping for my girl, don’t want her to see what I’m buying for her for hey birthday.

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