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Remove the Google Chrome notification icon


Posted in Tips & Tricks on June 1st, 2014

Recently I noticed that a new icon popped up in the system tray of the OS-X menu bar. I found this a little surprising as I didn’t add anything and I try to keep as little stuff in there as possible. It’s something that reminds me of the worse of Windows software.

Google Chrome notification icon

The culprit turned out to be Google Chrome. Yes Google, kings of the open Internet with their mandate to not do evil, put crap in my system tray without bothering to ask. To add insult to injury there is no obvious way to remove. The Mac icons can be removed by holding down the cmd key and dragging it out of the menu bar. All third party icons normally have a setting which allows you to remove them.

But not Chrome …

So what do you do when you need to find a solution on the internet? Turn to Google Search.

It turns out you can go to this address chrome://flags in the Chrome address bar and then search for either Enable Rich Notifications Mac on Chrome 34 or Notification Center behavior Mac on Chrome 35. When you’ve found it change the setting to disable and restart the browser.

Poof it’s gone … at least for now.