How to Show Full URL in Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a very popular web browser. In fact, chances are you are reading this article in Chrome itself. Personally, I use Safari for the most part, but back when I used to use Chrome a lot, one of the things I didn’t really like about it was how it stripped the starting portions of a URL. So things like “www” and “http” are not visible in the omnibar in Google Chrome. Fortunately, there is a way to fix that, so let’s take a look at how to show full URL in Google Chrome:

How to Show Complete URL in Google Chrome

Note: As of right now, the feature is only available in Chrome Canary, which is the development version of Google Chrome. However, the feature will come to the stable version of Google Chrome with release 83 of the browser. Here’s how to enable the feature.

  • Launch Chrome Canary, and head over to “chrome://flags” to see all the available experimental features for Google Chrome.

Chrome flags page

  • Here, search for “context menu show full URLs”. You will see a Chrome Flag.

Search for chrome flag

  • Click on the selection-box next to it, and choose “Enabled”. Then, restart Chrome.

Enable chrome flag

  • Once you have restarted Chrome, just right click on the omnibar (the address bar in Google Chrome) and click on “Always show full URLs”.

Always show full urls

You will now be able to see the complete URLs in the omnibar in Google Chrome.

Full url showing in chrome

See Full URL in Chrome’s Address Bar

Pretty soon this feature will ship to the stable version of Google Chrome — most likely with the v83 release for the stable build of the browser. So once that rolls out, you’ll be able to follow pretty much these same steps to show complete URLs in Chrome without having to use the development version of the browser. There’s no word on when that roll out will happen, but it should be soon. I’ll update this article when it happens, so don’t worry and check back often.

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