Microsoft Edge Canary build doesn’t show full web address

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  • The latest Microsoft Edge Canary build hides the HTTP or WWW elements of a website's URL in the omnibox by default.
  • Insiders are questioning the usefulness of the feature, which you can deactivate by double-clicking on the omnibox.
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Latest Edge Canary build

Lately, Microsoft Edge has been receiving a whole bunch of interesting improvements, which it needs to keep attracting more users. Cross-account syncing capabilities and automatic profile switching, for example, are certainly welcome features.

But Microsoft is now courting controversy with a new Edge feature that’s now live in Canary.

As an Edge insider claims on Reddit, the browser no longer displays the HTTP and WWW parts of a web address. A lot of Windows insiders are unhappy with this change.

Latest Microsoft Edge Canary build doesn’t display full web address

If you launch a web page in the Microsoft Edge browser and take a look at the address bar right now, you’ll notice that it displays all components of the site’s address.

For starters, you should see the scheme of the URL, which highlights connection type (i.e. http:// or https://). The address of the web page you’re on forms the other part of the URL.

However, the latest Edge Canary build hides the scheme, and some Windows insiders are now questioning the importance of this change.

 Latest Edge Canary build hides WWW and HTTP in the omnibox by default. This change was made in Chrome some time ago and it was quite controversial, now it has reached the Canary version of Edge, in this version different features are tested and not all of them reach the stable version so it is still not certain that this change will reach Edge stable.

You can still have the browser display the full web address by double-clicking on the omnibox, according to the Reddit user.

But if you modify URLs often, hiding WWW or HTTP components in omnibox by default doesn’t really exactly work in your favor.

Hopefully, Microsoft will take insider feedback into account before pushing the feature to the stable version of Edge.

What do you think about Microsoft Edge hiding the scheme component of URLs? Feel free to express your opinion in the comments section below.