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[Tutorial] How To Hide Google Chrome’s Download Bar

When we download something using Google Chrome browser, we see the download files are listed in a downloads bar at the bottom of the screen. Those users who don’t like the download bar, as it is displayed until it is actively closed in the browser can easily hide it by following few simple steps.


Google Download Bar, Image Credit : Screen Shot

Google Chrome users are able to switch to a different download interface to disable(hide) the current download bar completely in the browser. Just follow the steps:

  • Load chrome://flags/ in the browser’s address bar. It displays a list of experimental features where you will find some features are already enabled by default (above image).
  • Find the New Downloads UI flag there.

New Downloads UI Flag In Google Chrome, Image Credit : Screen Shot

  • Click on the ‘Disable‘ link to ‘Enable’ and restart the browser.
  • That’s it. Yo can do it for all supported OSs (Windows, Linux, Mac OS).

NB : If you have followed the process, later while downloading something you may not really know if a download has started properly or not. So to check it press ‘Ctrl-J’ shortcut to check the download manager, or open chrome://downloads/ directly in the browser.

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