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How to Disable the Google Hangouts Menu Bar Icon on OS X

This has been annoying me for weeks now. Google Hangouts would place an menu-bar icon for each instance of Chrome I had running. Repeatedly quitting them didn’t have much effect; they’d keep coming back.

Menu Bar Screenshot

Luckily, there’s an easy way to turn off the menu-bar icons.

  • Open Chrome
  • Menu Bar > Chrome > Preferences
  • Click on Extensions, scroll down to Hangouts, and click on Options
  • Uncheck Show system tray icon
  • Click OK

And that’s it.