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How to Close the Chrome Download Bar




Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, but it also has some annoying features that can clutter your screen and affect your browsing experience. One of them is the Chrome Download Bar, which appears at the bottom of the window whenever you download a file from the internet. In this article, we will show you how to close the Chrome Download Bar, either manually or automatically, using different methods.




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What is the Chrome Download Bar?




The Chrome Download Bar is a horizontal bar that shows up at the bottom of your browser window when you download a file from the web. It displays information such as the file name, size, progress, and status of your download. It also lets you pause, resume, cancel, or open your downloaded files. The Chrome Download Bar is meant to be a convenient way to manage your downloads, but some users find it annoying and intrusive, especially if they download a lot of files or have a small screen.


Why would you want to close it?




There are several reasons why you might want to close the Chrome Download Bar. Some of them are:


  • It takes up valuable screen space and reduces your viewing area.



  • It distracts you from the content of the web page you are browsing.



  • It interferes with some web elements or features that are located at the bottom of the page.



  • It stays on even after your download is finished, unless you manually close it or open a new tab.



If you are one of those users who prefer a cleaner and more minimalist browser interface, you might want to learn how to close the Chrome Download Bar.


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How to close the Chrome Download Bar manually




The easiest way to close the Chrome Download Bar is to do it manually. There are two ways to do this:


Using the close button




The most obvious way to close the Chrome Download Bar is to use the small close button (X) that appears on the right end of the bar. Just click on it and the bar will disappear. However, this method can be tedious and time-consuming if you have to do it repeatedly for every download.


Using the keyboard shortcut




A faster and more convenient way to close the Chrome Download Bar is to use a keyboard shortcut. The default keyboard shortcut for closing the Chrome Download Bar is Ctrl+W on Windows and Cmd+W on Mac. Just press these keys and the bar will vanish. You can also use this shortcut to close any tab in Chrome, so be careful not to close the wrong tab by mistake.


How to close the Chrome Download Bar automatically




If you don't want to bother with closing the Chrome Download Bar manually every time, you can also use some methods to make it close automatically. Here are some of them:


Using Chrome extensions




One of the best ways to customize your Chrome browser is to use extensions, which are small programs that add extra features or functionality to your browser. There are several extensions that can help you close the Chrome Download Bar automatically or hide it completely. Here are some examples:


Close download bar




This extension lets you close the Chrome Download Bar using a hotkey. The default hotkey is Alt+W, but you can change it in the extension settings. You can use this hotkey anytime, even if your download is still in progress. To install this extension, go to this link and click on "Add to Chrome".


Always Clear Downloads in Chrome




This extension clears your downloads list and closes the Chrome Download Bar automatically after a certain time interval. You can set the time interval in the extension options, from 5 seconds to 60 minutes. This extension also lets you clear your downloads history and open your downloads folder with one click. To install this extension, go to this link and click on "Add to Chrome".


Disable Download Bar




This extension hides the Chrome Download Bar completely, so you won't see it at all when you download a file. You can still access your downloads list by clicking on the menu button (three dots) at the top right corner of your browser and selecting "Downloads". You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J on Windows or Cmd+J on Mac. To install this extension, go to this link and click on "Add to Chrome".


AutoHideDownloadsBar




This extension automatically hides the Chrome Download Bar after a few seconds of inactivity. You can customize the delay time and the animation speed in the extension settings. You can also show or hide the bar by hovering your mouse over it or clicking on it. To install this extension, go to this link and click on "Add to Chrome".


Using Chrome flags




Another way to close the Chrome Download Bar automatically is to use Chrome flags, which are experimental features that you can enable or disable in your browser. One of the flags that can help you with this task is called "Enable download bubble". Here is how to use it:


  • Open a new tab in your Chrome browser and type "chrome://flags" in the address bar.



  • Search for "Enable download bubble" in the search box at the top of the page.



  • Select "Enabled" from the drop-down menu next to the flag.



  • Click on "Relaunch" at the bottom of the page to restart your browser.



After enabling this flag, you will see a small bubble at the bottom right corner of your browser window when you download a file. The bubble will show you the file name and progress of your download. It will also disappear automatically after a few seconds. You can click on the bubble to open or cancel your download, or right-click on it to access more options.


Conclusion




The Chrome Download Bar can be useful for some users, but it can also be annoying and distracting for others. If you are one of those who want to close it or hide it, you have several options to do so. You can close it manually using the close button or the keyboard shortcut, or you can close it automatically using Chrome extensions or flags. Choose the method that suits your preferences and enjoy a cleaner and more minimalist browser interface.


FAQs




  • Q: How do I reopen the Chrome Download Bar if I closed it?



  • A: You can reopen the Chrome Download Bar by pressing Ctrl+J on Windows or Cmd+J on Mac. This will open a new tab with your downloads list, where you can see and manage your downloaded files.



  • Q: How do I disable or uninstall a Chrome extension?



  • A: You can disable or uninstall a Chrome extension by going to the menu button (three dots) at the top right corner of your browser and selecting "More tools" and then "Extensions". This will open a page with all your installed extensions, where you can toggle them on or off, or remove them completely.



  • Q: How do I reset my Chrome flags to their default values?



  • A: You can reset your Chrome flags to their default values by going to "chrome://flags" in a new tab and clicking on "Reset all" at the top of the page. This will restore all your flags to their original settings.



  • Q: How do I update my Chrome browser to the latest version?



  • A: You can update your Chrome browser to the latest version by going to the menu button (three dots) at the top right corner of your browser and selecting "Help" and then "About Google Chrome". This will open a page that will check for updates and install them automatically if available.



  • Q: How do I contact Google for support or feedback?



  • A: You can contact Google for support or feedback by going to this link and choosing the option that best matches your issue or query. You can also use the feedback button at the bottom of any Google product page to send your comments or suggestions.

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