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Few days ago this blue profile thing was slapped on chrome symbols on my computer.
I do not like the way it looks, is it possible to have the bare chrome symbol?

7 Answers 7


For Windows 10: Right-click on the taskbar and go to Taskbar Settings and turn off "Show badges on taskbar buttons"

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    Consider adding some reference and proof supporting what you state Sep 8, 2017 at 14:49
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    This doesn't work, the icon is still displayed
    – szx
    Oct 7, 2018 at 13:43
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    @szx The icon displayed at this time is the icon of the shortcut itself. In Windows, the icon of the shortcut can be modified at will.
    – ipcjs
    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:07
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    That just made the icon smaller for me.
    – aviator
    Feb 6, 2020 at 13:52
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    Not to mention this is unbelievably heavy handed and affects all apps. Don't do this. Feb 8, 2020 at 21:57

In chrome settings you can see multiple account names. If you delete all but one, that blue symbol disappears.

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    this works.Click on your icon on the top right and click "Manage People". You should see the accounts. May 8, 2020 at 16:08
  • I resisted this solution because I thought I would not be able to use the Google account associated with the deleted profile. But that turns out not to be true: you can use different accounts even under the single remaining profile, so as a solution this works quite fine.
    – user118967
    Aug 15 at 23:20

You can replace %LOCALAPPDATA%/Google/Chrome/User Data/Default/Google Profile Picture.png with a transparent image, so it will be "hidden" :)


None of the above solutions worked. I've tried a number of things and it doesn't seem like it's possible to disable this.

Of course, if you only have one profile it will work.

  • Having a single profile works well, though. You can still use multiple Google accounts under a single profile. Of course, if you really want to keep complete sets of browser configurations, then you need multiple profiles, but I would imagine that is quite rare.
    – user118967
    Aug 15 at 23:22
  • Not that rare if you have multiple people using the same computer (but don't have their own login to that computer.) This is a bane of my existence.
    – user606723
    Aug 24 at 17:07

Here is what I did. Right-click the shortcut, select "Properties", and then "Change Icon". The shortcut uses an icon on your profile (%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default or other Profiles), and you just need to select the original Chrome's icon. You'll need unpin it from Taskbar first to see the change.


What I did for this is open Chrome:

  1. Right-click on the Chrome icon with the profile icon
  2. Right-click on the Chrome icon with the profile icon again
  3. Click "Properties"
  4. Click "Change icon"
  5. Go to the directory of Chrome.exe
  6. Choose chrome.exe
  7. Choose the preffered icon It worked for me.

What worked for me: Right Click profile icon in Chrome browser > Go to Manage People > Remove extra people profiles so that it just has one profile > icon gets removed

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