How to disable the Google Chrome notifications menu bar icon in OS X

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I’ll admit it. I’m pretty wishy-washy when it comes to the web browser. I had my longest stint with Safari over the past nine months, but now I’m unceremoniously back with Chrome.

A lot has changed with Chrome since I was regular user. There’s the “new” Chrome notifications menu bar icon that never seems to want to go away. In fact, Google has made it nearly impossible for the average user to disable the icon.

Thankfully, disabling the Chrome notifications menu bar is pretty easy if you know where to look. I’ll show you how to just that via our video walkthrough inside.

Step 1: open Chrome and type the following in the address bar: chrome://flags

Step 2: Press ⌘+F to open the Find box and type “Notification Center behavior Mac” without the quotes. In fact, just copy and paste that directly from here to make it easy on yourself

Step 3: Change the value of the drop-down box to Never show or Only show if there are outstanding notifications

Step 4: Click the Relaunch Now button in the bottom left-hand corner of the Chrome browser

That’s all there is to it. Once you relaunch Chrome, you should see its ugly menu bar icon disappear.

Simple, no?