The toolbar at the top of the Google Chrome browser contains a number of items that are meant to improve your experience with the browser. You can use the arrows to cycle through the pages in a tab’s history, and you can click the Reload button if you want to refresh your current page. You can also use the address bar to go directly to a Web page, or you can use it to start a Web search. One of the other tools in this location is a Home icon, which you can click to return to your home page.
But you might find that you do not use the Home icon, or that you are clicking it by accident. Fortunately you can customize almost everything about the Chrome browser, and it is possible to remove this icon if you no longer want it.
Removing the Home Icon Next to the Address Bar in Google Chrome
This tutorial was written using Google Chrome version 44.0.2403.155 m, on a Windows 7 PC. This process may vary for other versions of Chrome on other operating systems.
The steps in this article will modify your Google Chrome settings so that the Home icon is no longer displayed to the left of the address bar. To clarify, the icon that we are talking about is identified in the image below.
- Step 1: Open the Google Chrome browser.
- Step 2: Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button at the top-right corner of the window. This is the button with three horizontal lines.
- Step 3: Click the Settings option on this menu.
- Step 4: Click the box to the left of Show Home button in the Appearance section of the menu to remove the check mark.
The Home icon should now be gone from its previous position to the left of your address bar.
Are you removing the Home icon because you are trying to make the top segment of the Chrome browser as minimal as possible? This article will show you how to remove the bookmark bar that appears below the address bar.
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