How to remove Google Chrome’s “You” Menu

If you are running a cutting edge version of Google Chrome, Canary for example, you may have noticed the new "You" menu at the top right of the browser.

As it stands, it will eventually be moved to other versions of the browser including beta and stable versions.

So what is it for? It is a menu for Google Chrome's profile manager. It enables you to create multiple profiles, for instance for different users who share the same computer or activity-based, and also to run Chrome using a guest profile.

The profile can be linked to a Google Account which in turn powers Chrome's data synchronization feature. Once you sign in, your bookmarks, browsing history and other data is synced across all devices.

Chrome's user management can be useful in this regard, but not to all users of the browser. If you are the only user for example, there is little need to use it or display it at all times in the interface. And if you use Chrome only on a single computer, you don't need to enable data synchronization unless you want it backed up in the cloud on Google servers as well.

Update: Google has made several modifications to the profile icon displayed in the Chrome browser in recent time. The method listed above won't remove the profile icon in the top right corner of the Chrome window anymore. The only option right now to get rid of it completely is to launch Chrome with the parameter --disable-new-avatar-menu.

Remove the "You" menu

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Chrome has an option to remove the menu from its interface. Here is what you need to do right now to disable it:

  1. Type chrome://flags/ in the browser's address bar and hit enter.
  2. Tap on the F3 key and search for Enable new profile management system.
  3. Change its value to disabled using the menu.
  4. Search for Enable the new avatar menu.
  5. Change its value to disabled as well.
  6. Restart Chrome.

The "You" menu is removed from the browser after the restart so that it is no longer displayed in the interface. If you want to enable it again at any time, repeat the process described above but change the value to enabled instead.

Synchronization

Disabling the menu in Chrome has no impact on the synchronization feature of the browser. You can still open this page to sign in to your Google Account to sync browser settings with the cloud and other devices.

User management

It is furthermore still possible to manage users. You can do so by loading chrome://settings/. You find a users group on the settings page which you can use to add or delete users in Chrome.

Conclusion

The permanent display of profiles in Chrome is a bad design decision. While some users may find it useful as it speeds up profile switching, others, and that is likely the majority of users, may dislike it because they don't use it at all or only rarely.

For now, it is possible to disable the menu. We have seen in the past however that options to disable a new feature are removed after some time by Google or replaced by other functionality. If that is the case, we will update the guide to reflect this.

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Responses to How to remove Google Chrome’s “You” Menu

  1. IowaMan August 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    I manage four profiles with almost daily regularity, so I thought I would check this out. At this point it adds additional, totally unnecessary time and action to switching between profiles. Perhaps someone will be able to explain how this could be helpful in any way, but from my very brief use testing it out, I can't find any purpose for this change at all.

    • Martin Brinkmann August 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      The only purpose it has in my opinion is to bring it to the attention to users. "hey here is our profile manager"

  2. Bob August 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Hope they do turn it off by default.
    This caused me weird results with settings migration from one system to another.
    Mainly multiple "Home" pages opening upon Chrome loading.

  3. dave November 8, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    I never had a you menu before on my google chrome i don't know how i got it or where did it come from when i check out about google chrome is not updated i go to regedit push the button on it go to policy go to update check on one of the updates change 0 into 1 then x it the window and then chrome is updated.

  4. Paul Mac January 13, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    Thanks!

  5. Trit’ July 23, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    Here we are: Chrome 44 forces now to display this menu. New profile flag is enabled, even if you set it to "disabled" (have they forgotten to remove it from the flags page?); and the new avatar menu flag has disappeared.

    EDIT: actually, there is a (temporary, for sure) new way for getting rid of this button: go to the Chrome's shorcut properties (on Windows, at least) and add a "--disable-new-avatar-menu" parameter at the end of the command line to the executable. Restart Chrome and it's working until they remove it again.

    • japz87 July 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

      This one worked for me, the EDIT part. Thanks.

  6. derek July 24, 2015 at 3:03 am #

    It's back and I can no longer disable that annoying top-right icon which I keep clicking and don't want. New fix anyone?

  7. Pointy July 26, 2015 at 1:19 am #

    Yup it's back as annoying triangle thingie. There is no longer a 'disable avatar menu' option in the flags page, and the profile manager being set to disabled no longer works. Why would they make this a feature you can't turn off. Most people don't need or want it.

  8. Ityer July 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    Mine just reappeared. How do i use this '--disable-new-avatar-menu' thing?

    • Martin Brinkmann July 26, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

      You need to add it to the shortcut that starts Chrome. On Windows 7 and up, you right-click on Chrome in the Taskbar, then right-click again on Chrome in the menu that opens. Select properties, and add the command to the Target field. Make sure there is a space between it and the string that was in there before.

      • rachel July 27, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

        my name in corner has reappeared also -
        and 'disable avatar menu' seems no longer available on 'chrome://flags'...
        followed your instructions: 'right click on chrome--> prop--> target...'
        Martin, could you be so kind as to provide step-by-step on what to enter after this?
        thank you very much!

      • Martin Brinkmann July 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

        You just need to append --disable-new-avatar-menu at the end and make sure a space is in front of the parameter. My target line looks the following: "C:\Users\Martin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-new-avatar-menu

        Note that this line won't work for you as your username and Chrome version is different.

  9. rachel July 27, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    you are brilliant.
    thank you! with this last update, none of the other fixes worked.
    are there any drawbacks/ negatives to taking out the 'avatar menu'?

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