Google Chrome's fullscreen mode is similar to that of other popular web browsers. It will limit the web browser controls and interface, and maximize the web browser window at the same time to display the website using as much screen estate as possible. The Google browser on the other hand removes the address bar completely from fullscreen mode unlike Firefox or Internet Explorer which remove the address bar initially, but display it again if the user moves the mouse cursor to the upper edge of the screen.
Google Chrome users on the other hand have to press F11 again to leave fullscreen mode to enter a new url in the address bar before they can enter fullscreen mode again. That's not a practicable solution especially in situations where screen estate is scarce and every pixel counts (think netbooks and other devices with small computer screens).
The Chrome extension Toolstrip Address Bar provides an interesting solution to the fullscreen problem that Chrome users are facing. Once installed it will display a small arrow icon in the Google Chrome status bar. A click on that arrow will display an alternative address bar which can be used to load websites without leaving fullscreen mode in the Google browser (Ctrl left-click closes the address bar in the status bar of the browser again).
The address bar can also be displayed in normal mode where it becomes an alternative option to open new websites in the Internet browser. The extension can only be added to Google Chrome versions that support extensions which are currently only the developer builds of the Google browser. Google Chrome users can download and install the extension directly by visiting the forum page where it was announced.
Update: Google Chrome's fullscreen mode has not changed in recent time, but the initial extension is no longer maintained and we had to remove it from this article. You can however download and install the Fullscreen address bar extensions instead which is available directly from the official Chrome Web Store.Advertisement
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