How to Pin and Keep Extensions in the Toolbar of Google Chrome

Key Takeaways:

  • Pinning extensions to the Chrome toolbar provides quick access to your favorite tools
  • You can easily pin, unpin, and rearrange extensions from the Extensions menu
  • Manage which extensions appear in the toolbar to keep your browser clutter-free

As a long-time Chrome user and tech enthusiast, I’ve found that extensions are a fantastic way to enhance my browsing experience and boost productivity. However, with so many useful extensions available, it’s easy for the browser toolbar to become cluttered and disorganized. That’s where pinning extensions comes in handy. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of pinning and keeping extensions in the toolbar of Google Chrome, so you can easily access your favorite tools without the mess.

Understanding the Chrome Extensions Menu

In 2019, Google introduced the Extensions Menu to the Chrome browser, accessible via the puzzle piece icon near the address bar[1]. This menu allows users to view and manage all of their installed extensions from one convenient location. From here, you can choose which extensions remain pinned to the toolbar and which are hidden away in the menu.

How to Pin Extensions in Chrome

Pinning an extension to the Chrome toolbar is a simple process:

  1. Click on the Extensions Menu (puzzle piece icon) next to your profile avatar
  2. In the dropdown menu, locate the extension you want to pin
  3. Click the pushpin icon to the right of the extension’s name
  4. The pushpin icon will turn blue, indicating that the extension is now pinned to the toolbar[1][2]

To unpin an extension, simply click the blue pushpin icon again, and it will return to a gray outline[1]. This removes the extension’s icon from the toolbar without disabling the extension itself.

Rearranging Pinned Extensions

Once you’ve pinned your favorite extensions, you may want to rearrange them for easier access. To do this:

  1. Click and hold on a pinned extension’s icon in the toolbar
  2. Drag the icon left or right to your desired position
  3. Release the mouse button to drop the icon in its new location[3]

This allows you to customize the order of your pinned extensions based on your preferences and frequency of use.

Managing Extension Permissions and Settings

In addition to pinning and unpinning extensions, the Extensions Menu also provides quick access to each extension’s permissions and settings. To manage an extension:

  1. Click on the Extensions Menu
  2. Click the three-dot icon to the right of the extension’s name
  3. Select “Manage extension” from the dropdown menu
  4. From here, you can adjust the extension’s permissions, allow or block it in incognito mode, or remove it entirely[3]

Regularly reviewing and managing your extensions’ permissions is an important step in maintaining your browser’s security and performance.

Troubleshooting Missing Extensions

If you can’t find an extension in the Extensions Menu, it may have been disabled. To check:

  1. Open the Extensions Menu and click “Manage extensions” at the bottom
  2. Look for the extension in the list of installed extensions
  3. If the extension has a gray toggle switch, click it to re-enable the extension
  4. The extension should now appear in the Extensions Menu, ready to be pinned[4]

Best Practices for Extension Management

To keep your Chrome browser running smoothly and securely, consider the following best practices:

  • Regularly review your extensions: Periodically go through your installed extensions and remove any that you no longer use or need. This helps reduce clutter and potential security risks[5].
  • Be selective about permissions: When installing a new extension, carefully review the permissions it requests. Only grant permissions that are necessary for the extension’s functionality[6].
  • Keep extensions updated: Ensure that your extensions are kept up-to-date to benefit from the latest features, bug fixes, and security patches[5].
  • Use trusted sources: Only install extensions from reputable sources like the Chrome Web Store to minimize the risk of installing malicious software[6].

By following these best practices and effectively managing your pinned extensions, you can enjoy a more organized, efficient, and secure browsing experience.


Pinning extensions to the Chrome toolbar is a simple yet powerful way to streamline your browsing experience and boost productivity. By keeping your most-used extensions easily accessible, you can save time and reduce clutter in your browser. Remember to regularly review your pinned extensions, manage their permissions, and keep them updated for optimal performance and security. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to mastering extension management in Google Chrome.