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Omnibox; No URL = No Good

The Chrome Omnibox now removes the full URL and shows only the base website address.

There also appears to be no option to always show URLs, only to view the specific URL by clicking the simplified form, or right clicking "Show URL". Either one of these options is temporary.

This is pretty much unacceptable. This feature has added no useful element, and obscures my actual location on a website. 

I prefer easier access to important information and tools, which is why I use Chrome, but I do not want my browser getting in the way of it's primary function: Browsing. 

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Its an experiment to do with very long and complex URLs.
I've shared your feed back with the Google PM staff

Why are we experimenting with this?

URLs can be long and messy. By making the domain name of site you’re visiting more clearer , it’s easier to glance up at the Omnibox and know exactly where you are on the web.

It’s also easier to tell when a malicious website is purporting to be a different website (think www.bankofamericaa.com). The button changes color to green, gray, yellow, or red to indicate the security level of the page you’re on. (Green means you’re on a page with an EV SSL certificate, yellow means broken SSL, and red means malware or phishing.)

How do I get the full URL back in the Omnibox?

If you click on the domain name (in a gray button on the left side of the Omnibox), the full highlighted URL will show in the Omnibox. Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut: ctrl+L on Windows or ⌘+L on Mac.

How do I disable this feature?

We ask that you spend a few days in this experiment and give us your feedback on the specific instances you’ve wanted your full URL at the top of the screen. If you’d really like to disable the experiment, you can do so by visiting chrome://flags/#origin-chip-in-omnibox. If a user is asking to disable, please escalate the thread here and I will respond to them.

Awful awful awful awful! It's been filed as a bug - PLEASE can everyone just take a moment to add a "star" to this bug? https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=368725

I just can't believe this was an intentional thing. Then again, I gather the person responsible for the universally-loathed New Tab Page cockup is still working for Chromium, so who knows, anything is possible...

disabling chrome://flags/#origin-chip-in-omnibox does indeed restore this functionality and I've been posting this fix around as many forums as I can and everywhere I see someone reporting this bug on twitter.

I mean, seriously, did someone get drunk and mash the keyboard, or did they lose a bet or something? What an epic fail.

its an experiment at the moment and should only be on the test builds of Chrome
you can also turn it off
Thanks for posting how to disable it!

I would suggest that if they wish to make the domain name more clear, that they instead do some kind of highlighting on the domain name only while still showing the full URL.
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Thanks for the answer. 

As another poster mentioned, it should be possible to retain this feature, or some degree of it, but still show the URL to the right of the simplified form.

Occasions where it has been unhelpful so far:
  • Cannot view page number for articles being read.
  • Cannot differentiate, at a glance, between multiple documents opened on the same site. This can be absolutely crippling, and I had to utilize a different browser to continue my research.
  • Cannot view file names for any file opened. Notably pictures being viewed.
  • General degradation of locational awareness. Example - With a URL present I can (usually) spend a second to eye the URL and see a universal "Header" for the page I am on, even if that page is poorly designed and lacks a persistent embedded header.
Occasions where it has been helpful:
  • Slightly easier access to site searches.
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Me too.

I gave this feature a good try.

As a regular user I look to the url to understand where I am in a site's hierarchy. It is an important part of navigation. I understand that they have been removed n mobile browsing - that makes more sense because space is limited.

When I am developing, I need the full URL all the time. I had to disable the feature to work.
Thanks for experimenting - this one failed IMHO.

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