Will Chrome Remove URLs from Browser Address Bars?


Google’s Canary channel for the Chrome browser offers users the chance to experiment with brand-new features. Recently (as of April 2014), the team at Canary Chrome took away an old standard, by removing the URL information which is typically located within the browser bar. While this isn’t a failsafe indicator that Chrome will someday lose this information as well, it does seem to point in that direction.

Those who utilize Canary in order to access innovations which are meant to promote superior functionality may or may not view this adjustment as a “failed experiment”. However, at this stage, most online feedback regarding this important change does seem to be negative.

Those who don’t oppose the change prefer the new system, in large part because it encourages enhanced data security online.

To help you get the inside scoop on what this Chrome “experiment” really means, we’ve created a detailed guideline…

We’ll explore the pros and cons of the new system after showing you how it is possible to access the URL information that you want, even though URL addresses are “buried”.

URL Information Still Exists, If You Know Where to Look

In this new layout for Chrome, which is currently being tested out via the Canary channel, the URL data won’t be visible in the browser bar field. However, there will be a way to access this type of information if and when it’s needed. There will be a small button (which is, unfortunately, all too easy for people to miss when using the service!) which may be clicked on in order to reveal vital URL data.

So, although the URL information is technically buried, it’s still present. Getting at it will take an extra step, which will be very simple to follow, as long as you’re aware of the presence of the button.

Why Did the Canary Team Implement This Change?

Google ChromeAccording to Internet browser experts, the rationale behind hiding URL data from the browser bar is that it enhances functionality, by making the browser bar simpler and less intimidating to users, while also providing data security advantages. According to research, many users do find the Chrome location bar to be daunting in its current state, so it is possible that removing the URL data component will make the process of using the Chrome location bar more appealing to users. The small button placed near the browser bar, while unfamiliar to most right now, may become commonplace in the future.

In addition, the removal of URL data from the location bar may underscore the fact that certain information is better left off of public browser location bars. For example, sensitive financial information may be unwittingly transmitted via URLs for bank logins or similar types of URL addresses.

One other benefit of hiding this type of information is that it will trigger more searches within Chrome. However, for those who have grown fond of the old system, these perceived benefits may not outweigh the key drawback, which is lack of instant and dependable access to URL information.

Will URL Addresses Show in the Future?

The team at Canary are visionaries who are striving to bring the future of Web browsing into the present. Therefore, they surely implemented this adjustment in response to changes in the online zeitgeist (the spirit of the times). It’s quite possible that in the future, URL information will no longer be visible within browsers in the way that it is right now. Other methods will probably be utilized in order to access this data.

However, this change to the way that browser searches are conducted certainly won’t happen overnight. Therefore, this adjustment may be viewed as a signpost to the future of Internet browsing, rather than a bona fide milestone.

Currently, officials at Chrome deny that the Canary change is destined to be a permanent fixture. However, as time passes, it’s possible that these executives may change their minds. Someday, our Web browsing experience may be devoid of these ubiquitous Web addresses, which have become such an integral part of our Internet experiences.

Would You Miss URLS in Chrome?

Now that you know more about how the system works, you’ll be one step closer to deciding whether or not the burying of URL data is a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand, you’ll still be able to access Web addresses if you need them. On the other hand, you’ll need to perform an extra step in order to access what used to be immediately visible to the naked eye.

In addition, it always takes time to adjust to changes online. While this type of change is inevitable, it’s only natural to long for what is familiar and tried-and-true. However, the team at Canary are devoted to innovation, which sometimes leads to more satisfying browsing experiences for Chrome users. While the removal of URL information may not the most functional experiment that’s taken place at Canary, it is definitely a thought-provoking move.

If you haven’t tried the Canary interface yet, it may be time to check it out for yourself. After all, in-the-know Web entrepreneurs rely on this tester version of Chrome in order to spot trends in Web browsing, long before they hit the mainstream.

Whether you like it or hate it, this type of change is definitely relevant. It addresses data security issues, as well as functionality issues which are related to people feeling overwhelmed by the current layout of the location bar.

Will Chrome Canary Revert to the Old System?

If Chrome receives enough criticism of the Canary adjustment, the team at Canary may go back to the old system, which revealed URL addresses immediately. After all, large companies like Chrome know that making end-users happy is really what it’s all about. If Canary does go back to the previous version of the browser location bar in the near future, it is safe to say that the experiment did, essentially, fail.

However, as Chrome VIPs are surely aware, it’s sometimes vital to push the envelope in order to provide superior service down the line. Of course, every adjustment won’t be a perfect solution.