How to always show full URLs in Google Chrome’s address bar

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  • Google listened to the users and added a method of showing a full address without trimming any protocols.
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Always show full URLs in Google Chrome's address bar

Most of you don’t need the full URL or didn’t even realize that it’s missing some parts. However, power users were not so happy when Google removed the www from Chrome 70 version.

Now, for instance, if you write http://www.windowsreport.com in Chrome and hit Enter, the address will be converted to just windowsreport.com.

Google listened to the users and added a method of showing a full address without trimming any protocols.

So, if you need the full address, however, we will explain how to make the changes in just a few steps.

How can I always show full URLs in Google Chrome?

  1. Open Google Chrome and type chrome://flags/#omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls in the address bar.
  2. Under Context menu show full URLs, click on the button to its right, and change the setting from Default to Enabled.Show full url in Chrome
  3. Click on the Relaunch button from the bottom right corner of the window. The Google Chrome browser will restart.
  4. After it opens again, right-click on the address bar and select Always show full URLs from the drop-down menu.Always show full urls

Done, now you will always see the full URL of a website. Of course, you can reverse this by right-clicking aging the address bar and uncheck the Always show full URLs option.

The feature is available for desktop only

According to a document published by Chromium software engineer Livvie Lin, this feature is only available for the desktop version of Chrome.

In the Chrome 83 Canary version, you can right-click or Ctrl + click on the address bar to see the context menu and scroll down to the Always Show Full URLs.

If you signed out from Google or you didn’t sync your settings on all your devices, this option will only show on all the desktop sessions from the device you set it up.

Do you need to see the full URLs? Tell us what you think about this feature in the comments section below.

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