Google Chrome’s Settings Icon is Changing – Long Live The Wrench!

The Wrench icon was there from the very first version of Google Chrome. Google is replacing it with a Hotdogs icon.

We called it the settings icon and sometimes the wrench icon. The icon itself added a uniqueness to Chrome. When all other browsers had different menu lists for different settings, Chrome made remained a minimalist.

Chrome Settings Icon Old

Chrome Settings Icon Old

The latest Chromium builds on OSX has replaced the settings icon with the new hotdog! We will soon this change coming to Window builds and pretty soon on Chrome stable versions. Take  a look at the new icon.

Chrome New Settings Icon Hotdog

Chrome New Settings Icon Hotdog

Making such huge changes are not new to Chrome users and the Chrome team. They changed the Chrome icon midway in March 2011.

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For many, such a huge change was really surprising. I remember a lot of people complaining about thew new icon. Even though I liked it, I heard people saying, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!

How will users react to this change then?

This change is not as huge as the logo change, which changed the whole identity of Chrome. However, this is pretty close to it. The wrench icon oh, sorry, the hot-dogs icon is something we all click almost every day.

Why this change, all of a sudden?  who discovered this change recently; says it will bring some consistency between mobile platforms and desktop platforms. One possible reason that users mentioned is, wrench means settings, but the this icon now does more than controlling settings. Do you agree?

Can you think of any other reason? Do you like this new icon?


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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • just wondering 02/08/2012, 9:11 pm

    Just remember that anything in Chromium is subject to change before it gets to the release version of Chrome. It could end up as a cog, a star, a hot dog, or no change at all.

    • Dinu 02/08/2012, 9:17 pm

      true 🙂

  • Kurtextrem 03/08/2012, 12:00 am

    dafuq is this shit?

    I’m not satistified about this change D:

  • Maldar 03/08/2012, 8:11 pm

    Well, I think it is good. The wrench is very old and the menu has a lot of new stuff that wasn’t there at the beginning. Sure, it looks a little bit boring, but I think it is oke.

  • Chris 04/08/2012, 10:12 pm

    I imagine this has something to do with Android. As the two merge into one product, having the same menu icon set is likely a goal.
    I would guess they plan to change the Android menu icon, which is officially three dots on top of each other rather than the hotdogs.

  • Pascal 06/08/2012, 6:25 pm

    What revision of Chromium do you have?

  • Gil 08/08/2012, 11:33 pm

    I’m really upset by this change. I often do some “tech support” for my family and everything goes much smoother, when the icons can be easily described.

    If i ask somebody to “click the wrench in the top right corner” he or she will instantly get it.

  • nascent 30/08/2012, 1:07 am

    I just noticed the new icon in Chromium, and at first spent a minute trying to search for the settings icon amongst the addon icons. Then seeing this weird hotdog thing I mouseovered it and saw it was a ‘customise’ button.

    I’m actually shocked that they would make such a radical change without a popup tooltip or something explaining it to users, I have no idea what this thing is meant to be, the last thing I thought of was settings until the mouse-over.

  • Ed Cymbaluk 07/12/2012, 10:58 pm

    Unable to uninstall from Google Chrome.
    All methods attempted no wrench for Options in Chrome