Whenever you hover on a link in Google Chrome, the web address the link is pointing to is shown truncated in the status bar area of the browser.
While you can wait a second to see the url in its full glory, it is one of the most annoying things of the browser in my opinion.
While link truncation may make sense if the browser window is too small to display it all -- and even then that is questionable -- it does not make sense at all to do so when the window is of sufficient size.
While the root domain is always displayed, the actual destination is not. What is annoying about Chrome in a case like this is that you cannot customize how things are displayed in the browser. It is Google's way or no way.
Considering that link information are essential for security, it is not clear why Google made the decision to truncate links initially on hover.
If you want to display the link destination directly, you have to install an extension to do so. There are not many extensions available that provide you with that purpose, and the best one in my opinion is Link Revealer.
Link Revealer offers two display modes. The default mode is to display the full web address as a tooltip next to the link that you hover over.
This works well with the default 1 second delay before the tooltip is shown, but not so much if you reduce the time period.
The second option the extension makes available is to show the information on the edge of the browser window, or in the center.
You can display it in the bottom center for instance, or right top location, or the traditional left bottom position.
Please note that this does not do away with the address that Chrome displays itself in the lower left corner of the screen.
The third and final feature of the extension is the highlighting of the root domain in a color of your choosing.
If you want the full web address displayed at once when you hover over links on websites displayed in the Chrome browser, then Link Revealer is the extension to make that happen.
You can set the time period before a link is shown to zero to display it instantly whenever you hover over links. My suggestion would be to disable the tooltip in this case so that the url is displayed in another location on the screen and not directly next to the link the mouse hovers over.Advertisement
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