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Add an option in Chrome extension to hide the toolbar icon?

I've switched from Firefox to Chrome, I love Ghostery, but I don't really care about always seeing the icon in the toolbar. When it shows a green/red number, I notice this in the corner of my eye and automatically assume I'm seeing a new mail or google voice notification. An option to hide/show the Ghostery icon would be helpful!
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  • I’m hopeful this setting will be added.
    Yes, please add this option Ghostery!

    I'd like to be able to Hide the Ghostery-Icon that appears on the URL-bar in Chromium (for Ubuntu Linux) as well. That way I could set it to block bugs but not have to see the icon. If I want to interact with Ghostery regularly I can "unhide" the icon.
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  • I’m thankful for input but sorry I can't be of anymore help here :(
    Hey guys,

    Thanks for using Ghostery. We have thought about this but if you examine the situation, the Ghosty icon is really the only point to access our options and settings. Currently, we have no way around this, so we need to keep him there.

    Best,

    Adam
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  • Chrome has added back in the option to "hide this button" to every extension icon (did a few revisions ago), so I used that as the solution. (Hidden extension icons can be re-shown from the Tools > Extensions page).

    However, other extensions I use place icons WITHIN the omnibox (on the right-hand side) when they're active on the current page. For example, AdBlock Plus, Flashblock, RSS Subscription Extension (by Google), all do this, so the icon only appears if it is active or can be used on the current page. This is a very elegant solution to the problem and could be used with Ghostery while allowing those of us that want it to keep a clean uncluttered bar.
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  • I’m disappointed
    I stopped using Ghostery because I couldn't hide the icon. I used it to block web bugs and once set never interacted with it. i got tired of it taking up space on the omnibar for no reason, so I uninstalled it. The Chrome omnibar is becoming like the old Windows-XP notification area---loaded with icons that aren't needed with no way to get rid of them.

    I'd start using Ghostery again if I could hide the icon.

    Adam, I strongly disagree with your assessment. Users can control settings by going to Wrench-tools-extensions. Or they can show the icon, configure it how they want, and then hide it. hiding it is only an option. Firefox would let users hide the icon. Users can drag any icon they want off the toolbar and hide it in Firefox. Chrome doesn't have this functionality (unfortunately). I don't see why giving users the OPTION of hiding the icon even has to be debated. It should be standard.
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  • Nick, justinr, Sam,

    When we were first implementing Ghostery for Chrome, Chrome didn't offer the ability to hide browser buttons. AdBlock for Chrome provided a separate toolbar button "extension" up until recently for this very reason. We wanted (and still want) to keep the extension simple to use. If the browser button hadn't been included, we would have had many people asking how to access Ghostery's options.

    As to using a contextual button in the Omnibox vs. the always-on browser button, we went with a browser button since Ghostery applies to almost all pages, not just some (like those with an RSS feed, for example), and also to keep it simple. We want to avoid confusion in the case when no bugs were found.

    But now that it seems we can make the toolbar button optional, we'll try to include this ability in an upcoming update. I'll look into it.

    Does that help?
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  • Sounds good. make the icon show by default so people know it's there. Just add a setting that lets people hide it if they want--Same capability users would have with Firefox.
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  • I’m pleased!
    You just go to the extension's options! O_o
    What's difficult about that? No need for the icon.
    If people install and uninstall extensions, then they can easily see the option for all of them.
    EDIT: I just noticed that chrome 10.x has the built in feature where you right-click on the icon of any extension and there is an option "hide button." If you go to the wrench-> tools-> extensions then you can click "show button" and show the icon again.
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