Google Chrome for some time now has displayed a notification icon in the system tray area that users could not remove at all. I'm not talking about the notifications that you could remove after disabling the option to run background apps, but the "Chrome - Notifications icon that when right-clicked only displayed options to set it to quiet mode.
If you are wondering why there are different notification designs and settings available: this depends largely on the Chrome version that you are running. You can check out our guide to blocking Chrome from running in the background after the browser has been closed to find out how to remove the "older" notification icon from the system and close down the browser for good when you exit it.
Below is a screenshot of the Chrome Notifications icon that you can't remove by disabling background apps from running on the system when you close the web browser.
Google seems to have added a new feature to the browser recently that enables you to remove the notification icon from it. I can't really say for how long that has been the case as I just stumbled upon it today while browsing the experimental flags in the browser to see if anything was new in the browser after the most recent update.
Here is what you need to do to disable notifications and Chrome from running in the system tray after you exit the browser:
You should notice that the notification icon is no longer displayed when you close the browser after that first restart of it. You can use the setting to prevent Chrome from running in the background after you close it. Note that you won't receive any notifications when you disable the feature.
Google has removed the "Enable Rich Notifications" option in Chrome 35. There is hope though, as I have found two additional options on how to deal with the icon in the Windows System Tray.
Google has made changes in regards to notifications in the Chrome browser. Here are a few additional tips on how to get rid of the notification bell in the system tray.
After you are done, do the following afterwards:
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