One of the new features hidden in Chrome 76 is the Extensions menu. This helps keep your Chrome toolbar tidy, but you still have easy access to your extensions. Here we show you how to enable it.
Google continues to add new features to its Chrome operating system and its browser with each new version. Some features are announced, while others are under the hood. One of those "hidden" features is the Chrome extension toolbar menu. This is a useful feature that provides a place to easily access all of your installed extensions. This keeps your toolbar clean, so it is not crowded with the icon of each extension.
Sure, you can right click on an extension icon and hide it in the Chrome menu. But this method provides an easier way to hide them all at once. Here’s how to enable the hidden menu.
Please note that to enable this feature, you must run Chrome version 76 or higher. To verify that you are running the latest version, click on the Menu (three dots) and then go to Help> About Google Chrome .
How to add an extension menu to Google Chrome
Sure, you can right click on an extension icon and hide it in the menu Chrome But this method provides an easier way to hide them all at once. Similar to the virtual desktops feature in Chrome OS 76, this feature is not officially announced, but is incorporated. You only need to enable the correct indicator to activate it.
To do that, start Chrome and enter the following route in the address bar and press Enter :
chrome: // flags / # extensions-toolbar-menu
That will take you to the "Toolbar menu extensions" flag. Set it to Enabled in the drop-down menu. And for the change to take effect, you must restart Chrome. Simply click on the Restart now button at the bottom of the page.
After the browser restarts, you will see the extension Icons have disappeared. Instead, you will only see a new icon to the right of the address bar. It looks like a puzzle piece. That's where all your extensions now live. Simply click on it to see their list of them and which ones have access to the site where they are located and which ones do not.
You can control each one by clicking on it from the list in the Extensions menu just as you would if it were still in the toolbar. When you right-click an extension, there is an "Anchor" option that should allow you to permanently pin it to the toolbar. However, at the time of writing this article, it does not work, as it remains an experimental feature.
Works with the Chrome Canary Dev Night Build, however. In fact, it has a small fixing icon next to each one. Therefore, it is obvious that Google is working to improve this feature for a future release.
Having the ability to keep one or two extensions anchored would be useful in the case of Pocket or LastPass, for example. Still, by enabling the Extensions menu as it exists now, you can keep your Chrome toolbar without clutter, but still have easy access to your extensions.