Google removes options to always show www in the Chrome browser’s address bar

Google Chrome customers who go to the websites www.instance.com and instance.com will solely see instance.com listed in the browser’s address bar going ahead.

Google carried out a change in Chrome 76 earlier this yr that eliminated the www-part of the internet address from the browser’s address bar. Chrome reduce the www-part by default in that model; Google engineers claimed that almost all customers didn’t require the data.

This is not data that almost all customers want to concern themselves with in most instances.

Here are two screenshots made in Chrome 79. The first reveals how Chrome cuts off the www-part of the address (and the protocol as effectively), the second how the address appears to be like like if displayed in its entirety.

ghacks chrome without www

ghacks chrome full address

At least some customers felt that Google eliminated an important a part of a web site’s address as www.instance.com and instance.com do not essentially load the identical useful resource. While it’s potential to double-click in the address bar to show the full URL, whether it is reduce by the browser, it’s one other step that customers have to take to discover out the full URL of a website.

Chrome customers might restore the previous establishment by modifying an experimental flag in the browser. The change would restore the www. half in the Chrome address bar in order that it’s displayed each time a website (like ghacks) makes use of it.

It seems that Google eliminated the possibility in Chrome 79 which it launched just a few days in the past. Going ahead, Chrome customers don’t have any possibility to restore the www-part of an online address whether it is utilized by a website in the browser utilizing the experimental flag.

The solely possibility that continues to be accessible is to set up the firm’s Suspicious Site Reporter extension for the browser which restores the data. Downside to putting in the extension is that it provides Google permission to learn the shopping historical past.

Popular Chromium-based browsers reminiscent of Vivaldi, Opera, Brave or Microsoft Edge haven’t carried out the change but. It stays to be seen in the event that they comply with Google and preserve the “trivial” a part of the address hidden in the browser or in the event that they create patches to restore the full data as an alternative.

Closing Words

I dislike any try to “dumb down” a browser particularly if there is no such thing as a motive for doing so or no less than an possibility for superior customers to restore performance that I contemplate important. Google could also be proper that almost all Internet customers do not perceive the distinction between www.instance.com and instance.com, however is that motive sufficient to take away the data?

What is gained by eradicating it aside from a bit extra space in the browser’s address bar?

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