Don't like Chrome's Download Bar? Then change it!
When you download files in Google Chrome, all downloads are listed in a downloads bar at the bottom of the screen.
While this can be practicable at times, for instance to open a downloaded file directly on the system, or to use the context menu to open the folder the files were saved in to, it can get in your way as it needs to be closed manually.
Some users on the other hand may dislike the bar, as it is displayed until it is actively closed in the browser. This can be especially problematic on low resolution systems.
The following screenshot highlights the download bar in the Chrome browser. As you can see, it only lists the most recent downloads directly, and links to the remaining downloads.
Google Chrome users who do not work with the download bar at all can switch to a different download interface to disable it completely in the browser. The following steps are necessary to do just that:
- Load chrome://flags/ in the browser's address bar. This displays a list of experimental features of which the majority are not yet ready for prime time (meaning being enabled by default).
- Locate the New Downloads UI flag there. I suggest you tap on F3 to open the on-page search to find the flag quickly.
- A click on the enable link activates the feature. Please note that you need to restart the browser (prompted) before the changes take effect.
- The now download interface is available for all supported operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac, Chrome OS).
The biggest issue that you may experience afterwards is that you do not really know if a download has started properly. While the download progress is displayed in some operating systems in a different manner, the Mac Dock for instance, it may simply be too fast to be visible. The best way to check is to use the Ctrl-J shortcut to check the download manager, or to open chrome://downloads/ directly in the browser. (thanks Caschy)
What about you? Do you like to work with Chrome's download bar?
Update: Please note that Google has removed the option to disable the so-called download shelf in Chrome. There is currently no option available that removes it from the web browser.Advertisement