Re: Permanently disabling chat
Just an FYI - I had been simply ignoring the chat bar. Yesterday on my office PC I turned off chat via the 'gear' pulldown. (PC/Chrome) I do log off my work computer each day and do not use the 'remember me' function.
This morning, after logging in anew all that's there is a small unobtrusive 'power' button lower right corner of screen to turn it back on if I want to.
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