Remove Apps Icon Shortcut from Bookmarks Bar – Chrome

The Apps Icon in action, chrome browser

It’s happened again… The good people at Google have made a change that no one really wanted! The new Google Chrome 29 comes with a feature that includes an Apps Icon that acts as a shortcut so you can easily get to all the great Chrome apps that neither you nor anyone has installed.

Okay, so you don’t really want the shortcut there. Never fear! There is a solution. And while it’s not immediately apparent, you are going to kick yourself for not figuring it out sooner!

How to Remove the Apps Icon from the Bookmarks Bar

  1. Right click the Apps Icon, or anywhere on the bookmarks bar.
  2. Uncheck “Show apps shortcut”.
  3. Prosper.

That’s it, you’re done! Now, as a bonus tip, if you ever need to show or hide the bookmarks bar quickly, just press ctrl+shift+b. Or if you are on a Mac, I believe it’s cmd+shift+b. Probably…

It’s hard to say exactly why Google keeps doing this to us, but as long as the big tech companies keep forcing things on us we don’t want, I’ll be there.

About Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a website developer and designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a passion for code and WordPress. He spends his days building WordPress websites for small businesses, developing new code with the online community, and living life.