Google chrome Software

Removing google Chrome drop down in tab bar – March 2024

Updated chrome to 123.0.6312.58, and they re added the drop down in the top left, again. OY, this is getting old Google. They need to stop forcing these UX changes. If you see this:

and want to remove it, open up a new tab in chrome and go to chrome://flags and disable “Customize Chrome Side Panel” If this is your first time dealing with these changes, also disable “Chrome Refresh 2023“. Once done, it will look like this:

Relaunch chrome and the drop downs in the tab bar is gone.

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using chrome with socks ssh proxy without any DNS leaks

For funsies, I wanted to try this.

I wanted to use my SOCKS proxy setup, which was very simple:

Then I wanted to use chrome to bypass all proxies that IE has setup AND make sure DNS leaks do not occur.


Once you have created your SSH socks connection add this flag to the end of your target for your chrome shortcut:

--proxy-server="socks5://" --host-resolver-rules="MAP * , EXCLUDE"

If your proxy is something other then, swap them out. Also swap your port out if that is not the one you used.


Once you close your chrome and reopen with the new shortcut you can go here to test:

This should show the destination IP and the next URL will show you that you are using your destination hosts DNS servers and NOT your local!

So cool.

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How to remove the chrome bell in the notification tray icon

Well this is annoying! It used to be removed via: chrome://flags/ and then just disabling “Enable Rich Notifications Mac, Windows”, but now it is: “Notification Center behavior Mac”. You also have to leave the setting to DEFAULT, and not disabled. Then relaunch and it’s gone.

We shall see what it takes on the next go around to disable it. OY Google, please stop. Just make it the same option every time. This is current as of: Version 36.0.1985.143