Google implements “Always show full URL” option in Google Chrome

Chromium, the open source part of the Google Chrome browser, recently received a new experimental flag that, when enabled, adds a context menu option to the address bar to display the full URL of the active site. My take on the original feature was that it was more or less worthless as it only showed the full URL of this site; a reload, a click on a link or the loading of a new address would return to the paralyzed status quo.

It looks like the Chromium developers aren’t done with the implementation. If you are using Chromium or Chrome Canary with the flag enabled, you will notice that it has been turned into a toggle.

Right-clicking the URL in Chrome’s address bar and selecting “Always show full URLs” toggles the feature.

When enabled, Chrome will always display the full URL of the active site, including the protocol used and the www/m part if used by the site. The default state is disabled and Chrome will omit the information in this case.

Google plans to roll out the feature in Chrome 83 Stable. The company recently announced that it will be skipping Chrome 82 due to the coronavirus pandemic so that Chrome 83 will be the next stable version of the web browser.

Google Chrome users currently running Chrome Canary (or Chromium) can enable the new feature as follows:

  1. Load chrome://flags in the address bar of the web browser.
  2. Look for the context menu to show full URLs or directly load chrome://flags/#omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls.
  3. Set the state of the experimental flag to enabled.
  4. Restart the web browser.
  5. Right-click on the address in Chrome after restarting and check the context menu option “Always show full URLs”.

Chrome will display the full page address from this point onwards for all sites visited.

Closing words

Finally, an option to display the full page URL again in the Chrome web browser (without having to install a browser extension). I still think it’s ridiculous that Google removed the information in the first place (and other browser makers followed). Vital information like URL should never be manipulated in my opinion.

Now you: Complete URL or just a part, which is your preference? (via Techdows)


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Google implements “Always show full URL” option in Google Chrome

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Google has enabled an option in Chrome Canary to always display the full URL of the current page in the browser’s address bar and plans to release it in Chrome 83 Stable.


Martin Brinkman


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