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10/4/13
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Mattthew Brauer

Make it easy & obvious how to remove the notifications icon from my menu bar

Make the notifications icon in my OSX menu bar easy to remove:
 
* Follow OSX standards
* Users should be able to hold alt-command then drag the icon off the bar to remove it
* Also, "remove this" should be a menu item after clicking the icon
* chrome://flags is way too obscure and difficult of a removal procedure (and its undocumented)
 
 
Here's my problem with the notifications icon in my OSX menu bar:
 
* The menu bar is meant for access to very important, system wide tools (e.g. wifi control), not application specific controls. I don't need access to the Chrome application when I'm not in it. No other application hijacks my menu bar.
* OSX users have rightly come to expect absolute control over the menu bar. OSX has design standards on how to implement these icons that Chrome isn't following.
* The icon was added without warning or explanation, and without any obvious way to remove it. This feels like bloatware to me.
* OSX has a notifications system, I don't also need Chrome's. It's bloatware.
 
If I hadn't found out about the chrome://flags removal option, I would have stopped using chrome over this. I'm just not going to put up with any unwanted icon sitting unused in my menu bar 24/7.
 
Chrome Version 30.0.1599.66
Operating System Mac
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amy.g.briggs
10/4/13
amy.g.briggs
I want to echo the OP's frustration with this new feature. This notification icon should absolutely have an easy way to disable/remove it.
Google user
10/4/13
Google user
Uh... Just saw this in my menu bar, and I wondered, "How in the world did that get there?" Not cool at all for it to install itself to my menu bar without me knowing how or why. And, yes, there needs to be an easy way to get rid of it.
Google user
10/5/13
Google user
Mattthew's post is dead-on. Mac OS X already has a highly-customizable notification system, so a notification icon in the menu bar seems deeply redundant. But it's worse than that: the way the icon is such a remarkably ugly design, can't be moved or easily removed, and appeared in our menu bars unannounced makes this whole thing a slap in the face.
 
Google, we're all already concerned about unexpected and unwelcome changes that can't be rolled back with many of your product releases. This sort of thing just deteriorates trust.
jonpaulkelly
10/8/13
jonpaulkelly
Me too. Very annoying!
jadesimian
10/8/13
jadesimian
Totally agreed. Ever since Chrome made auto-updates mandatory, I've been annoyed. Not because I don't like updating, but because I've always liked reading up on what new features I'm getting before I install new versions. But fine, no big deal.
 
BUT the sudden appearance of an icon in the menu bar that I so carefully curate to ensure only EXACTLY what I want displayed? Heck, NO. Thank god for the chrome://flags removal option.
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Alex Wilden
10/2/14
Alex Wilden
FFS Google, give me the option to remove this bell notification, I don't need anymore crap cluttering up my desktop. Not giving me the option to remove this is the same as Apple restricting their users, you preach open-source but when push comes to shove, you like to shove this shit down users throats which just winds them up and will move them to another browser.

PLEASE FOR GOD SAKE PUT AN OPTION IN PLACE TO DISABLE THIS BELL AND THEN DO NOT CHANGE IT IN THE FOLLOWING UPDATE!!!!!
 
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