Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hide Chrome Avatar Menu

A recent update of Chrome turned the previously hidden new avatar menu on by default.  This avatar menu allows you to quickly change your login profile.  I only ever use one profile, so the button just gets in the way, and I have a few times accidentally clicked the avatar menu instead of the minimize button (muscle memory says the minimize button is always the first button on the left, right?).

At first I wasn't sure what the name of this "avatar menu" feature was, but after a bit of digging through the chrome configuration options, I found one called "Enable the new avatar menu" that looked promising and finally removed the button.  Happiness.

To hide the avatar menu button: browse to chrome://flags in your chrome browser, and search for the "Enable the new avatar menu" option, and change the setting from "Default" to "Disabled".  Finally click the "Relaunch Now" button at the bottom, and Chrome will reload with the avatar menu button hidden.

Update July 2015: This option appears to have changed to "Enable new profile management system", but there appears to be a bug which does not allow this menu to be disabled.
In the mean time one can always add '--disable-new-avatar-menu" to the Chrome shortcut link


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