Chrome to get a minor change, the wrench icon on the Chrome toolbar which allows us to access the ‘Settings’ menu has to go for all desktop platforms, as decided by the Chrome team. And interesting part, it is going to be replaced by the Hotdogs icon. The wrench icon has been part of Chrome till now, this icon resembles the meaning of settings. The new Hotdogs icon seems related to foodie stuff which is favored by the Chrome team, you can see how this icon looks on the Chrome toolbar on Mac OS X from the screenshot below.
Chrome Wrench icon to be removed and replaced by a new icon called “hotdogs”
Here is the Chrome team discussion on Issue 137744: Hotdogs menu icon on all desktop platforms reveals
description: We want to switch the “Wrench menu” out with the new hotdogs icon. This requires revised ConOps documentation, a blog post, and new assets for all desktop clients.
Any new strings? Yes?
Any implications for Google webservices (i.e. sync, translate)? Yes
Its Chrome team headache’s to update all their Chrome browser help pages with this change, but from now onwards we need to mention this icon for e.g “click on hotdogs icon” instead of “click on wrench icon”, it sounds/seems not good.
Let me surprise you, this icon has been already implemented on the metro version of Chrome, go and check the Metro Chrome in Windows 8 or you can also confirm it from the below screenshot.
Thanks to Francois Beaufort ].
What do you say about this change? Will you accept the change of the Wrench icon to hotdogs? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Update 08/08/12: Chrome wrench icon is gone, no more, as we said above it has been replaced with 3 horizontal lines icon, the latest Chrome dev update reflects this change.
Update May 13, 2022: You may have already noticed this, hamburger icon has been replaced with a vertical 3 dots-icon menu
What’s your take on the transition of icons from the wrench, and hamburger to 3-dots? Let us know in the comments below.