Chrome introduced the feature of desktop notification center around m35. While it might be useful for some users, it is not really useful for most of us, at least not useful enough to take an icon’s position from the premium real-estate on the system tray. What makes it even more annoying is that it is very hard to be completely disabled. Chrome added an icon in the system tray already to allow Chrome to run it background. Why not let users manage the notifications from the existing icon, instead of adding another one? This feature does feel like another aggressive-yet-doomed-to-fail attempt to push the Google+ social networking service into people’s life.
Disable desktop notifications in Chrome is a confusing task for most people. There used to be a simple switch in Chrome://settings you can flip to turn it off. But somehow the Google developers decided to take it away in the latest version, obviously for some business reasons not exactly aligned with user’s interests.
We have made it VERY easy for Slimjet users to fully disable the desktop notifications. Whenever you see the white (or grey) bell icon showing up in the system tray area, right click on it and select “Disable desktop notification” from the context menu. After that, the icon is removed and no more notification popups will come out again.
If you somehow miss the desktop notification again after disabling it, go to chrome://settings and scroll down to the Privacy section. Turn on the option “Enable desktop notifications”.