The Google Chrome web browser, after a recent update, displays a cupcake in the upper left corner of the screen.
To be precise, that cupcake is shown on the tab bar, and there on the left side of it. The tabs are then listed to the right of the icon.
This cupcake links to the new multi-profile feature of the Chrome web browser. When you left-click on the icon you get the profile selection menu with options to create a new profile, change the default profile's icon or to delete a profile.
Update: The cupcake icon was removed in recent versions of the browser. You find profile options on the right now instead where they are not in the way anymore.
So what's the problem with the cupcake icon in the browser? Easy, it cannot be removed. That's right. Even if you only use one profile you see the profile selector in the upper left corner of the screen.
Google in the past minimized the browser interface up to a point where there is little left to be optimized in this regard. There is no status bar, no title bar. All the UI elements have been moved to the tab bar or address bar.
The cupcake icon breaks that pattern big time. So why is it displayed on single profile systems? Why not hidden in the Tools section somewhere for use on multi-profile systems?
I looked into Tools > Options to see if there is a way to disable the cupcake in the tab bar, but there is none. There is one setting under Personal Stuff > Profile that allows you to create a new profile, but that one is blanked out (nice).
I remembered a multi-profile option under about:flags, but that is gone now as well.
As of now, it is not possible to remove the cupcake icon from Google Chrome. Lets hope that Google sees this as a work of progress and that the company will add options to remove the cupcake icon from the browser.
Let me know please if you know of a way to get rid of the cupcake icon in the browser.
Update: Do not try to delete the default profile. If you do you will delete all of your bookmarks and other user related settings. Even worse, a new default profile is generated right afterwards.
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