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2/10/16
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Romek Ch.

What happened with pageAction?

Hi, I'm testing my browser extension on Chrome (48.0.2564.103) and Chromium (50.0.2645.0) and there is strange difference in pageAction feature. As you can on screen for some reason pageAction button in Chromium doesn't show in omnibox as in Chrome:



And also I cannot hide pageAction button in Chromium. If I use hide() function icon turns into grayscale. Can somebody tell me what is happening?

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2/11/16
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sarjoor
Hi Romek,

Per the thread Introducing Chrome 48!  /chrome/forum/AAAAP1KN0B0t9AHfd90OAE
  • Extensions buttons in your toolbar

    • Extensions that you can interact with will now display a button icon in the Chrome toolbar. No longer want to use an extension? You can now remove an extension by right clicking on the extension button in your toolbar and selecting “Remove from Chrome.”

      • Note: Toolbar is found to the right of your address/URL bar (Omnibox).

    • You can also hide your toolbar extensions in the Chrome menu by right clicking on the extension button and selecting “Hide in Chrome menu.”

      • Note: you have to individually hide each extension that you don’t want displayed in your toolbar

      • From the Chrome Menu, right click “Show in Toolbar” to bring a button back to your Chrome toolbar.



2/11/16
Original Poster
Romek Ch.
So as I understand now there will be no difference between pageAction and buttonAction? Or there is an option to put icon in omnibox and control if it is hidden or not?
2/11/16
Expert - Gold
sarjoor
Hi Romek,

At least in terms of extensions placement, I believe there is no difference now.  It looks like both extension types all show either "in toolbar" or "in Chrome Menu".

For specific questions regarding extensions type, functionality, and development, you may get better answers in the Chrome Extensions forum:
(Previous, read-only Chrome extensions forum: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!forum/chromium-extensions)

2/11/16
Original Poster
Romek Ch.
But why? Previous solution was superior to this. For example CanvasFingerprintBlock show itself only if it block something, so when I see it's icon I know something was blocked. Now I must choose between hidding icon all the time or place holding icon that is useless most of the time. It make no sense...
2/12/16
Expert - Gold
sarjoor
Hi Romek,

This was noted by the Chrome developers for the extensions UI change:

This can lead to a little more UI clutter, but we've noticed that for the majority of users, this is relatively little concern (most users have few, if any, page actions installed, and those that are can be reasonably determined when they would want to act).  We have discussed a variety of ways for indicating that an extension wants to act, but in the end, none of them felt right.  We may revisit that decision, though.

And yes, the reason for this is to increase extension visibility.  A surprising number of users are unaware of which extensions have been installed, whether by themselves or via phishing or sideloading programs.  Greater visibility and transparency into what is installed is a necessary step into protecting our users.

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4/1/16
Expert - Gold
sarjoor
Hi Everyone,

The Chrome developers have filed below followup issue regarding different methods to handle PageAction extensions in the new toolbar redesign.

You can assist by providing clear, constructive comments, and also add a STAR to the issue to be notified of updates:

https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=597657  -  Evaluate page action UX in new toolbar design

 
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