Chromium’s “Show Url” is the most useless thing I’ve ever seen in a browser

From time to time, browser makers make decisions that seem diametrically opposed to what the user wants or expects from a browser. Granted, these companies have a lot of telemetry data that the public doesn’t have access to, and that data may suggest to them that the change makes sense.

Google started hiding certain URL elements in the address bar a while ago. In particular, Chrome hides https://, http://, and www from the URL by default, and Chrome engineers said most users don’t need this information. For secure sites, Chrome displays a padlock icon to indicate that the site is secure, but that’s it.

If you visit Ghacks, you’ll notice that Chrome omits the “www” part of the address. Although it makes no difference here on this site, it is theoretically possible that the content of the site will differ when accessing a site using www and without www.

To note: Mozilla also plans to remove HTTPS and WWW from the Firefox address bar.

A click in the address bar currently displays the full address. Although it’s better than nothing, it’s tedious to do. Google removed a flag in the browser some time ago that allowed users to restore the full address to the browser. Chrome users can install the company’s Suspicious Site Reporter extension or a third-party extension that restores functionality.

Now it looks like Google is working on another option to restore functionality. Recent versions of Chromium, the open-source core of Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers, sport a new experimental flag to add a context menu option to Chrome. What he does? It gives users the option to view the full address from the right-click context menu.

The problem? It is only active for the currently loaded site and only until a reload. Why would someone use the context menu to show the full address if a simple left click in the address bar does the same thing?

The only explanation I have for this is that the feature is not fully implemented yet. The option may toggle functionality permanently or at least for the session once fully implemented. If not, it doesn’t seem like a feature that would be useful to anyone using the web browser.

The flag is currently only active in Chromium. Although you currently see it in Chrome Canary, enabling it does nothing at the time of writing.

Now you: What do you think about hiding information in a browser’s address bar? (via Techdows)

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Chromium’s “Show Url” is the most useless thing I’ve ever seen in a browser

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Chromium’s latest experimental flag allows users to display the full URL in the browser’s address bar using the right-click context menu.

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