Now, seemingly out of the blue, I’ve lost all my frequently used extension icons, which typically appear to the right of the address bar. Where I used to see icons for things like Evernote, Print Friendly, and OneTab, now there’s just a little double-arrow I have to click in order to see a drop-down list of those extensions.
What the heck, Google? If you’re going to make a change like that, at least give me a heads-up. Any time you roll out a Chrome update, force open a tab listing any and all UI tweaks–and give me the option of undoing them if I like the old way better. (Gmail updates are handled this way; why not here?)
Fortunately, there’s a way to make those extension icons omnipresent again, though it’s definitely not obvious.
All you do is mouse over the little empty space between the address bar and that double-arrow, until you see your cursor change to a left-right arrow.
Now drag this “handle” to the left. As you do so, you’ll see the icons revealed (make that re-revealed). Problem solved.
I really like Chrome, but I’m getting sick of constant UI changes I didn’t ask for and don’t want. Microsoft and Mozilla are guilty of this as well, mind you, but I expect better from Google.
For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.