Google Chrome never had an extension toolbar like the other browsers. This was one of the early design decisions that the team made. The only place where extensions can put their icon on is the small area on the top right corner.
This place can host six or seven icons. You can even scroll and hide most or all of them if you want to. You also have an option right-click and hide icons that you don’t want there.
Beyond that, Chrome never gave you much control for this area. With “pinned extensions”, the team is changing this.
According to this code change request, the team is getting an option to “pin” extension icons on that toolbar area. These preferences will also sync across devices, giving you the same order and icons on all your devices.
Add extension pinning to extensions menu
Adds a syncable extension preference for pinned extensions to keep them
in sync. This is used in place of the previous “visible extensions”
Notably extensions are not pinned by default, whereas before they were
initially visible on the toolbar.
I am not looking at the main code commit for this design, so details are not complete here. I will update this post if I stumble up on the main code commit again!
This is going to be a small change in terms of the appearance, but I am happy to see smaller elements like this joining the “sync”.
What do you think?