Chrome is ending its war on address bar URLs – at least for now. About a year ago, Chrome started experimenting with removing the URL that appears in the address bar for the domain name only, so instead of something like “https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/06/google-is- brass-with-the-address-bar-again-new-experiment-hides-url-path /, “the address bar would only show” arstechnica.com “, and you would have no idea where you are in the site directory.
Android Police saw a post on the Chromium bug tracker announcing that Google is killing the idea. Back in June 2020, when the experiment started, Google engineer Emily Stark explained that the company was experimenting with a simplified URL screen “to understand if it helps users identify malicious sites more accurately.” It’s a year later, and now Stark writes that the “simplified domain experiment” will be deleted from the code base, saying “This experiment did not move relevant security metrics, so we will not start it. :(“
Apple’s Safari browser also hides URLs like this.
The Chrome team is not afraid to break existing web standards and has publicly stated that they want to kill the URL – it just has not figured out where yet. This was just the latest in several crazy experiments, so do not be surprised if Google comes after your URLs again.
Today, Chrome only hides “https: //” at the beginning of the URL, but you can deselect it on desktops by right-clicking on the address bar and selecting “Always show full URLs.”
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