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Troubleshooting the Disappearing Download Bar on Google Chrome


No Download Bar on Google Chrome: How to Fix It and Why You Might Want It Back




Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, with millions of users downloading files from various websites every day. But sometimes, you might notice that there is no download bar at the bottom of your browser window, showing you the details and options of your downloads. What happened to it? And how can you get it back?


In this article, we will explain what the download bar is and why it might not be showing up in Chrome. We will also show you how to fix some common issues that can cause the download bar to disappear or be disabled. Finally, we will tell you how to enable or disable the download bar in Chrome, how to manage your downloads on Chrome, and why you might want to keep the download bar on.




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How to Fix Chrome Not Showing the Download Bar




If you are used to seeing the download bar in Chrome, but suddenly it is not there anymore, don't panic. There are several possible reasons why this could happen, and most of them are easy to fix. Here are some solutions you can try:


Clear the browsing data




One of the simplest and most effective ways to fix many problems in Chrome is to clear your browsing data. This includes your cache, cookies, history, and other information that Chrome stores on your computer. Sometimes, these data can get corrupted or interfere with your browser's performance, causing issues like missing download bar.


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To clear your browsing data in Chrome, follow these steps:



  • Open Chrome and click on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.



  • Select More tools > Clear browsing data.



  • Choose a time range from the drop-down menu. If you want to delete everything, select All time.



  • Check the boxes next to Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files.



  • Click Clear data.



Restart Chrome and see if your download bar is back.


Disable the "New Downloads UI" feature in Chrome flags




Chrome flags are experimental features that you can enable or disable in your browser. Some of these features can change how your browser looks or behaves, such as hiding or showing certain elements. One of these features is called "New Downloads UI", which replaces the traditional download bar with a new interface that pops up from a button on the toolbar.


If you don't like this new interface, or if it is causing problems with your downloads, you can disable it by following these steps:



  • Open Chrome and type chrome://flags in the address bar.



  • Search for "New Downloads UI" using the search box at the top.



Select Disabled from the drop-down menu next to "New Downloads UI - Restart Chrome and see if your download bar is back.


Update Chrome to the latest version




Another possible reason why your download bar is not showing up in Chrome is that your browser is outdated. Chrome releases regular updates that fix bugs, improve security, and add new features. If you are using an old version of Chrome, you might be missing out on some of these improvements, or you might encounter compatibility issues with some websites or extensions.


To update Chrome to the latest version, follow these steps:



  • Open Chrome and click on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.



  • Select Help > About Google Chrome.



  • Chrome will automatically check for updates and download them if available.



  • Click Relaunch to apply the updates and restart Chrome.



See if your download bar is back after updating Chrome.


Disable interfering extensions or whitelist Chrome on a firewall or antivirus




Extensions are small programs that add functionality to your browser, such as blocking ads, enhancing productivity, or customizing your appearance. However, some extensions can also cause problems with your browser, such as blocking or hiding certain elements, slowing down your performance, or conflicting with other extensions. One of these elements could be your download bar.


To disable extensions that might be interfering with your download bar, follow these steps:



  • Open Chrome and click on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.



  • Select More tools > Extensions.



  • Find the extension that you suspect is causing the problem and toggle the switch next to it to turn it off.



  • Restart Chrome and see if your download bar is back.



  • If not, repeat the process with other extensions until you find the culprit.



If you want to keep using the extension, you can try updating it, contacting the developer for support, or changing its settings to allow the download bar to show up.


Another possible cause of your download bar not showing up in Chrome is that your firewall or antivirus software is blocking or filtering your downloads. This could happen if your security software thinks that Chrome or some of its downloads are malicious or suspicious. To fix this, you can whitelist Chrome on your firewall or antivirus software, or temporarily disable them while downloading files.


The steps to do this vary depending on the type and brand of your firewall or antivirus software, so you should consult their documentation or support for more details. However, here are some general steps you can try:



  • Open your firewall or antivirus software and go to its settings or preferences.



  • Look for an option that allows you to add exceptions or exclusions for certain programs or websites.



  • Add Chrome.exe (or its location on your computer) and chrome://downloads (or its URL) to the list of exceptions or exclusions.



  • Save the changes and restart Chrome.



See if your download bar is back after whitelisting Chrome on your firewall or antivirus software.


Check your disk space and download location




A final possible reason why your download bar is not showing up in Chrome is that you have run out of disk space on your computer, or you have changed your download location to a folder that does not exist or is inaccessible. This could prevent Chrome from saving your downloads properly, and thus hide the download bar from you.


To check your disk space and download location, follow these steps:



  • Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) and check how much free space you have on your hard drive. If it is less than 10% of the total capacity, you should delete some unnecessary files or move them to another drive or cloud storage service.



  • Open Chrome and click on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.



  • Select Settings > Advanced > Downloads.



  • Check where your downloads are saved by default. If it is a folder that does not exist or is inaccessible, click Change and select a different folder that you can access easily.



See if your download bar is back after checking your disk space and download location.


How to Enable or Disable the Download Bar in Chrome




If none of the above solutions worked for you, or if you simply don't like the download bar in Chrome and want to get rid of it, there are some ways you can enable or disable it manually. Here are some options you can try:


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