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Google Chrome 13 Features “Kill URL Bar” Flag!

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When Google entered Browser war, people thought it can’t go long way as there were many bugs. But then Google worked really hard on Chrome browser. Chrome 6 was noted to be game changing version of Chrome browser as it got lot of new features.

Chrome browser is very well known for its faster webpage rendering and compactness. Chrome was the first browser to provide wider webpage display area when compared Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Later Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 followed this feature of Chrome.

Now here comes one more shocking feature by Google. This can blow your mind and lets you think what’s next?

Kill URL bar if you don’t like 😛

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Google has decided to kill URL or address bar in Chrome browser. In the latest canary and nightly build of Chrome browser, Chromium team has added a new flag which kills URL bar.

google chrome kill's url/address bar feature in flag

Compact navigation feature lets you “add a Hide the toolbar entry to the tabstrip’s context menu. Use this to toggle between always displaying the toolbar (default) and only opening it as a drop down box as needed.”

We can’t say Chrome is going to be URL bar-less browser. Google just thought about making it more flexible and now provides 30pixels more webpage vertical display.

Instead of showing a URL bar permanently, the user will have to click a tab to see a shortened version of the URL bar that is displayed with a hover effect, if you move the mouse pointer away from the field, the URL bar disappears.

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Once you enable this flag, new tabstrip entry will be added i.e. “Hide the toolbar”. Clicking on this will shut the URL bar, moves the tool menu to tabstrip and introduces new back/forward buttons. Just click on the tab will show the reduced version of new address bar.

Negative Side of URL bar-less Chrome

Google is on mission about making all their products run similarly on all the PC and mobile devices like Tablets. But this has got couple of negative side or disadvantages.

  1. Killing the URL bar approach may be pointless for large desktop screens.
  2. Killing URL bar also Killed Chrome Extensions like Shareaholic, Chrome SEO and more

This feature will be very useful for mobile devices but not for Desktop version. It may get added in Chrome 13 or in later version of Chrome. This may be good competitor for Firefox’s Awesomebar which is now old Chrome’s URL bar 😀

What you think about this latest feature of Chrome? Share your thoughts by hitting comment box now! Cheers! 🙂


8 thoughts on “Google Chrome 13 Features “Kill URL Bar” Flag!”

  1. Bishwajeet @Comptalk says:

    That's a cool feature, but don't you think they are updating it almost every week

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Google has adapted a new release cycle which promises to release new version of Chrome browser once in every 6 weeks buddy!

      So we can expect new features getting added every now and then 🙂

  2. Bob says:

    Anything that can streamline a browser and make the viewing area maximum size would work for me. Although obviously only when all of the gremlins are ironed out.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      I agree with you bob! As a webpage developer we tend to see more browsing area which can all our work in single screen without scroll bar 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your view 🙂

  3. Johanna @ TechPatio. says:

    This is actually a great feature that netbook owners will love. Having a small screen often hinders viewing website content, especially since previous browsers always occupied a lot of browsing space. However, with the ability to hide navigation bar, small screen users will have additional viewing space.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Yes, for small screen gadgets this feature is very useful. But when it comes to extensions Google has almost removed the space which used to display extensions like Shareaholic.

      Any thoughts on this Johanna?? 🙂

  4. steve says:

    It has an advantage to those who own limited size screen and its features suit for the people who are fun of using such kind of features. Good thing you have this ideas.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      For small screen users, yes it is an advantage! And even for avid Chrome Apps users who uses Tweetdeck this feature provide facility to display bigger area.

      But what about extensions? They have almost killed them 🙁

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