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 HootSuite, LastPass, and Screen Capture, now there’s just a little double-arrow I have to click in order to see a drop-down list of those extensions.

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What’s going on, 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?)

 

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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.

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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.