How to Hide Tabs, Extensions, & Bookmarks in Google Chrome

Those looking for a more minimalistic browsing experience might consider hiding certain aspects of their browser. With Google Chrome, you can choose to hide bookmarks, extensions, and even make certain tabs less visible.

How to Hide Bookmarks in Google Chrome

By default, bookmarks are always shown when browsing in Google Chrome. You can hide the bookmarks bar so that it only appears on the new tab window.

In Google Chrome, right click anywhere in the bookmarks bar and uncheck Show bookmarks bar.

Google Chrome Hide Bookmarks Bar

How to Hide Extensions

Extension icons appear to the right of the address bar in Chrome. Extensions that you pin will always show here. This is useful for extensions that you interact with often but for others, you might consider unpinning them.

In Google Chrome, click the Extensions icon to the right of the address bar.

Click the tack icon to the right of each extension you wish to hide (blue = show, grey = hide).

Google Chrome Hide / Show Extensions

Hiding Tabs in Google Chrome

While you can’t directly hide individual tabs in Chrome, there are a few options that might fit your needs.

The first option is to simply enter fullscreen mode. In full screen, only the page you’re viewing, and bookmarks (if you haven’t hid them) are shown. You can enter fullscreen mode in the following ways:

  1. With Chrome open, hit the F11 key on your keyboard.
  2. In Chrome, click the 3 dots to the right of the address bar and click the Fullscreen icon.
Google Chrome Fullscreen Icon in Settings Menu

Another option is to pin or “lock” individual tabs. These tabs won’t be hidden completely, but they will shrink down to a much smaller size and hide the name of the website.

To pin a tab, simply right click any of your open tabs and select Pin.

Google Chrome Pin a Tab

Here’s what a pinned tab looks like:

Google Chrome Example Pinned Tab

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