I installed a Chrome extension, it had a small icon in the top bar between the URL and the three-dots menu.

Then, I hide the extension, thinking I would not need it anymore.
But now, I realize I want to always see this extension's icon, so I want to unhide it.

Most online solutions talk about small icons above "New tab", but I have no such icons, despite having dozens of installed extensions, most of them hidden:

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Chrome 79.0.3945.130 on Mac 10.15.2

  • Reinstall the extension
    – baskar
    May 1, 2020 at 15:52

3 Answers 3


The method of hiding or showing extension icons in chrome has changed. There is now an Extensions icon that looks like a puzzle piece to the left of the round User icon, and if you left-click on that it allows you to pin or unpin the extension icons from the toolbar.


Screenshot of the puzzle icon

After right-click, you can pin/unpin extensions:

show/hide extension icons in Chrome

(screenshots taken with Chrome version 84.0.4147.89)

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    Yes, the strange thing is that as my screenshot shows, there was no puzzle piece icon. Jul 16, 2020 at 2:59

UPDATE: Chrome changed how this work. Please see the fine answer from @JDGillis on how this works now (mid- and late-2020), not my answer below. Of course, it may change again in the future!

According to https://support.google.com/chrome_webstore/answer/2664769?hl=en:

To show extensions you've hidden, click the right side of your address bar and drag it to the left. To bring hidden extensions back to your toolbar, click More More. Right-click the extension's icons, and select Show in toolbar. Some extensions don't have this option.

This is how it looks like when the cursor symbol changes.

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This is NOT obvious but it works if you do it exactly: grab the right "edge" of the address bar (just to the right of the Add-Favorite star), and drag the edge to the left. Any hidden extensions show back up!

I'm not sure what the other suggestion from Google is for (right-click on the icon), as I didn't need to do that to keep the icon back visible again after dragging the address bar to the left.

  • This doesn't work any more.
    – drkvogel
    Nov 22, 2020 at 21:09
  • Yeah, same for me. That's weird. You can unpin one to hide it, but can't find a way to unhide yet...
    – jimtut
    Nov 23, 2020 at 1:17

Restarting Chrome solved the problem.

It must have been in some weird ready-to-update state.

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