You Will Soon Be Able To Hide Extension Buttons On Chrome’s Toolbar
By on January 26th, 2010

Recently,  Google Chrome introduced extensions for stable channel using which all users can enjoy extended power of Chrome. One annoying thing about Chrome extensions is that if you install even five or six extensions, your toolbar area will be crowded. This decreases the address bar’s width too.

extension icons on Chrome's toolbar

Right now, there is no option to hide or disable icons for some (or all) extensions. If you are looking for a solution, your wait is about to over (though not that early!). Google Chrome will soon have an option to hide extension buttons and to adjust button area width.

adjust-chrome-toolbar-width

This feature is not integrated with any channel of Chrome yet. If you are interested to try this feature, you need to download latest build of Chromium, the open source browser behind the Chrome.

Once this feature gets ported to Chrome, you will be able to hide the extension buttons. While I am at it, I wish for another useful feature: ability to re-order extension buttons. This will help users to prioritize the extensions. Chrome extensions are getting mature day by day, however they are still far away from attaining the capabilities of Firefox add-ons. :-(

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Author: Arpit Kumar
Arpit is a full time devotee of Tech and Web 2.0

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  • Ali Hassan

    The lack of bare essential features for managing Chrome extensions is mitigated somewhat by the fact that you don't need to restart Chrome to install or remove them. I actually have taken to hot-installing my Chrome extensions when I need them and hot-uninstalling them when I'm done. It may not work for everyone, I only rely on two extensions consistently, adblock and xmarks, which I leave running. Doing things this way has the added benefit of keeping Chrome lean and fast.

 
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