How to show full URL in the Chrome address bar

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Sometimes it’s the little things, you know? Why does Chrome, by default, only show part of a website address in the address bar? I don’t know, but here’s how to fix that.

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This one is pretty simple. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about here, just open Chrome and go to any website. As an example, we can visit my own website, ComputerTutorFlorida.com.

The actual, full website address is this: https://ComputerTutorFlorida.com. But this is what is shown in the address bar in Chrome:

Chrome address bar

 

Why doesn’t it show the full URL? I don’t know. But for me, I just like to have the full website address displayed there. I like seeing the https:// to clearly show that the site is secure, and if a site is not secure, I want to see the http:// (even though Chrome will show a message that says “not secure” on sites that don’t have a valid security certificate).

Fortunately, it’s easy to force Chrome to show the full address each time.

Type the following line into the Chrome address bar:

chrome://flags/#omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls

Of course, you could just copy and paste it as well. When that text is in the address bar, hit Enter on the keyboard.

You’ll see some options come up in Chrome, and the first one listed will say “Context menu show full URLs”. Out to the right will be a drop down menu – in that menu, choose “Enabled”:

Chrome full URL

Now go to the bottom of Chrome and click on “Relaunch”.

When Chrome opens again, do a RIGHT click on the address bar, and choose “Always show full URLs”:

Chrome full URL

Now you’ll see the complete website address for any site you visit!

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Maurice E Beaudin
October 12th, 2020

I read your email in Edge and I already had Chrome open. So I checked the address bar for the web site I was in and it didn’t show the https:// so I right clicked and the box opened up and I clicked on Always show full URL’s. I then went into several
other web sites and they all showed the full URL’s. So I didn’t have to type the
omnibox-content into the address bar. Not sure if it will work for everybody.

Norma Rudametkin
October 13th, 2020

Perfect! All done ~ appreciate your knowledge & tips.