Make it easy & obvious how to remove the notifications icon from my menu bar1 Recommended Answer
* 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
Chrome Desktop Notifications: We’ve updated your ability to manage which Chrome Notifications you receive and to hide or display the notifications icon. To learn more, please visit our help page here.
To manage your notifications: Open Notifications, click on the gear icon and deselect websites and apps for which you don't want to receive notifications.
To hide the notification icon in Windows: In your system tray, click the notification icon, Click Customize and Change the Google Chrome icon behavior to “Hide icon and notifications”. This will put the icon in the overflow area of the system tray.
To hide the notification icon in Mac: Click Chrome in your top menu bar. Select “Hide Notifications Icon” from the drop-down menu.
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.
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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