How to disable Google Chrome's side panel

How to disable Google Chrome's side panel

Google Chrome has recently introduced the side panel feature with a combination of your bookmarks and reading list. If you don't like to see Side Panel and want to disable it, there is a quick workaround. Read on to find out how to turn off Google Chrome's side panel.

How to turn off the Google Chrome side panel

  • To disable Google Chrome's side panel, you need to navigate to the Chrome feature flag page. To do so, open your Google Chrome browser, and type: 
  • Press Enter
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  • Type Side Panel in the search tab and select it from the dropdown menu.
  • Switch the Side Panel tab to Disabled and relaunch Chrome to apply the changes by clicking on the blue Relaunch button at the bottom of the page.
  • After the change, you won't see Side Panel, but you can still find your bookmarks via the three-dot menu next to your profile icon.

Note: Google Chrome flags are hidden and they often get removed or modified. Make sure the Side Panel flag is still available when you want to use it.

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