How do I get rid of this icon in Google Docs:

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I believe I got sucked into this via an offer from The Google that I opted in to use, but silly me, I did not even consider that a billion-dollar corporation would not pay sufficient QA engineering salaries to catch egregious UX mistakes such as this, that obscures the first character or two from the left edge. The offer I'm referring to is:

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Sure, you can say "Well, just opt out" and I likely will do that, but when I used the menu, Tools --> Opt out of Labs, it popped up with this:

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Then clicking on that Learn more link, I got punished with this:

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So that is the reason why I have to resort to posting here to plea for help to somehow workaround this issue while Google takes time to fix that problem.

  • I’m voting to close this question because the author asked for a workaround, yet when offered one they claimed they don't want a workaround. This question isn't really answerable otherwise as it depends on implementation by website owners.
    – Destroy666
    Jul 23, 2023 at 2:24
  • It is also about a web app, not desktop software. It's also half rant. Jul 24, 2023 at 3:50

1 Answer 1


Via brute force:

  1. (Shift+)Right-click the button, select "Inspect element", note down its class name and/or element name (go up through the element tree until you find the correct parent that represents the whole button).

  2. Install the 'Stylus' browser extension.

  3. Create a new stylesheet through Stylus, along the lines of:

    div.some-class.some-other-class {
        display: none !important;
  • No doubt that would work. However, I'd rather not have to configure a style sheet to workaround to an egregious UX bug that a deep-pocketed corporation such as Google should fix by themselves, and have to apply it on all Chrome instances I use. However, if I get desperate, I can apply that change.
    – bgoodr
    Jul 22, 2023 at 2:25
  • You asked for a workaround, you got a workaround.
    – user1686
    Jul 22, 2023 at 9:23

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