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.

10 Comments on “Remove Apps Icon Shortcut from Bookmarks Bar – Chrome”

  1. Hi Brian, thanks for that one above!
    For some reason when I open Google to make a search, it has started to copy the bookmark-icons I have placed on my bookmarks-bar and display them below the search bar. As they are still also shown in their normal place, this is a completely superfluous function which only disturbs the otherwise clean design. This started to happen the 24 hours I think – is this something new that Google just has forced upon us, or is it me that accidentally have pushed some button? And in any case, could you help me to end it?

    Thanks Terje

  2. Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  3. Google knocked out the right click.
    From no evil to nothing else but evil in a very short time!!!
    No doubt Linux is the only solution.

  4. Christ, considering myself as “over average” computer user and plainly overlooking this…

    Thanks m8, appreciated

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