Chrome OS may soon get a “Clear All” button for notifications
Chrome OS is slowly getting overhauled. It all started with Android apps and has since evolved the OS into something much more than a glorified web browser. We’ve seen a lot of Android features make their way to Chrome OS. It has also been receiving a lot of design changes to go along with this. One such design change we’ve seen is the “Message Center” a.k.a. System Tray, which holds the quick settings and notifications.
We first started seeing the redesigned Message Center in Chrome OS 67. It took on an Android Pie-like design with a dark theme and round toggles. A new commit in the Chromium Gerrit mentions adding another feature to this new Message Center: a “Clear All” button. Currently, there is a “Clear All” button that shows up when you scroll to the bottom of the notifications, but it’s only present in Chrome OS 70 Beta right now. Eventually, it should make its way to the stable channel.
You can switch to the new Message Center with a simple Chrome flag if you’re interested. Go to chrome://flags/#enable-features=NewMessageListView. This is a simple feature that makes life a lot easier for Chrome OS users. Clicking the small (X) icon for every notification gets a little tedious. Little things are what make an OS feel polished and complete.