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Google Chrome: How to restore the old downloads bar

Dominik Schöler
November 09, 2023Software engineer at makandra GmbH

It seems the flag has already been removed in Chrome 119 :'-(

The old Chrome downloads bar had several advantages over the new subtle downloads dropdown:

  • see all (many, at least) downloads at once and see their progress
  • downloads can be opened with a single click
  • drag them back into another web page to upload them again, with no extra clicks required

How to get it back

  1. Go to chrome://flags/#download-bubble
  2. Click the dropdown and change it to Disabled
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They say the flag might be removed in the future, but for now it gets the downloads bar back.

Posted by Dominik Schöler to makandra dev (2023-11-09 13:40)