Google Ends URL Bar Attack, Resumes Full Address Display in Chrome

You don’t need to enable flags to retrieve the web address

Google has repeatedly tried for years to denigrate the Internet by simplifying Chrome’s “spooky” address bar. It first tried to erode the URL entirely by showing only the search terms in the omnibox, but its impractical design forced google to remove it. The developers recently tried to simplify the omibox again – this time by hiding all parts of the web address except the domain name. While it has received quite a bit of criticism from users, Google defended its decision moving forward, citing its intention to help people better identify malicious sites. But now it looks like Google has reconsidered things, as it recently decided to close the curtains on his experience.

In a recent announced Chromium bug tracking update, one developer writes that hiding the URL hasn’t really improved user safety as hoped, so they’ll end the experience.

The simplified URL experiment was denied.

The change is already in effect in Chrome 91, so you won’t have to do anything special to access the address bar. Only “https: //” is now hidden by default. To display it as well, right-click on the Chrome omnibox and select “Always show full URLs”. To us, it seems that Google has caved in to the public backlash and listened to the comments, rather than alienating power users.


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