Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to Hide the Address bar in Chrome?

Of late, we’ve been hearing a lot about hiding the address bar/toolbar on Chrome. While the story has trended online, not many users actually experienced the feature since it’s restricted to the developer builds of Google Chrome. In this post, we’ll take a look at how to hide the address bar on Chrome/Chromium.

Note: As of this writing this feature is available only on Canary and developer builds of Google Chrome.

Compact Navigation

  • Open Google Chrome and type about:flags in the address bar.
  • Click on ‘Enable’ below Compact Navigation and restart the browser.

Hide The Toolbar 1

By doing this, you add an option that’ll say ‘Hide the Toolbar’ when right clicked on a tab. Choosing ‘Hide the Toolbar’ will hide the address bar. Unchecking the same will bring back the same.

Hide the Toolbar hovered

and if you need to copy the address, all you need to do is hover the cursor over the tab and the browser will temporarily reveal it for you.

Although this feature looks quite promising, I’m not sure if it’ll appeal users who are hugely reliant on the extension icons along the toolbar that are hidden in this mode. It’ll take awhile before we see this appearing in the beta or the stable builds of Chrome.