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Troubleshooting the Disappearing Download Bar on Google Chrome

If the Chrome download bar is missing while you are downloading a file in Chrome, you need to take some measures to get the download bar back. In this post, MiniTool Software will introduce some easy and useful methods you can try.

From the Chrome download bar, you can see the name of the file that is downloading, the size of the file, how big the file has been downloaded, how much download time has left, and the status of the download(ed) file.

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When the file is successfully downloaded, you can click the arrow-up icon and select Open to open that file or click Show in folder to access the folder where the downloaded file is saved.

You can see: the Chrome download bar is a useful feature that can help you find the information of the downloading file and quickly locate where it is saved. However, you may find that the Chrome download bar is missing for some reason.

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Your antivirus software could also block the Chrome download bar. If your Chrome download bar is not showing up after you install a new antivirus software, it should be blocked by this antivirus tool. You can disable or remove it and then see if the download bar is back.

If the Chrome download bubble is enabled in your Chrome, the Chrome download bar will disappear by default. If you want to get the Chrome download bar back, you need to disable the Chrome download bubble.

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My project is to not allow the download bar to auto popup, so I tried to Google search. Many results are shown using Chrome Extensions, but I don't want to use Chrome Extensions to solve the problem. Users are using Chrome versions 77-84 at the moment.

There is a flag currently in version 103.0.5060.134 called "Enable download bubble" (#download-bubble) that prevents the download bar from appearing at the bottom of the screen and replaces it with behavior similar to Firefox.

This may not be helpful to the original question author because I don't know when this flag first appeared. It's not the same as automatically hiding the downloads bar, but for me it was sufficient to solve my problem so I figured I'd post for general/future reference.

AutoHideDownloadsBar is another extension that fully disables the download shelf as soon as you finish installing it. However, it does contain a few additional options that you can use to customize how the extension works. And they are worth checking out.

So this user could download documents. A small animation would point downward to indicate a download was in progress. The downloaded document would appear in the actual Downloads folder. But no download status bar would appear on Chrome itself.

Every Web browser has the ability to download files from sites on the web, Google Chrome is no different. When you start a download, Chrome shows its progress at the bottom of the shelf with options to pause, cancel, open when the download is complete and always open a certain file type.

Final words: Google has replaced the Chrome browser Downloads shelf at the bottom with a new button on the toolbar. The Downloads pop-up shows download progress and offer context menu options for each download to act on. The feature is currently available in Chrome 102 Canary. According to the release schedule, Chrome 102 is expected to be available to the public on May 24.

Does anyone know how do we disable the notification bar (shown below) in chrome ?I have disabled notifications already. Also auto download is blocked. Still it shows up automatically when I open the tab.

Google is testing the new design on some users, hence not all users experience the new downloads bubble yet. Now, if you have not received the new design and want to use it, then you can use the steps below to enable it. Or if you have received the new design and absolutely hate it, then you can also follow the steps below to go back to the old design.

I'm a student and I'm constantly opening up PDFs for homework. I often end up downloading multiple files, after clicking on a link, each time I start working. Is there any way to set Chrome to only open PDFs and not download them?

The reason may be the HTTP Content-Disposition header. If the site admin/developer set this header to attachment (instead of inline), it tells the browser that the content should be downloaded directly.

Or maybe the HTTP Content-Type header is not set to application/pdf but instead to application/octet-stream - rendering the browser unable to automatically open the PDF, leaving it only the download option.

In Google Chrome go to Settings. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the hyperlink for Show Advanced Settings. From there scroll down until you find the "Download" section. Uncheck the box where it asks where to save each file before downloading. Close Chrome and reopen. You should now be able to have the PDF open without prompting to save it.

I don't have the "whether to save each file before downloading" question on advanced settings - only where to save the file.However - I find that if I click on a pdf and chrome asks where to save it, if I say "cancel" and then click the pdf again it simply shows it with downloading it!Hope this helps.

Seems like Chrome replaced the download bar with a download tab in the top right. That's all well and good but I can't drag files to emails anymore, having to instead open up my download folder and drag the file from there.

UPDATE: The article has been updated after release of Google Chrome 107 version. Initially the new downloads experience was rolled out in Chrome 102 version for a few selected users. Now all remaining users will receive the new downloads UI in Chrome 107 and later versions. This article will help you in enabling or disabling the new downloads UI experience in Chrome browser.

This new UI has been developed to replace the previous Download Panel or Download Shelf displayed at the bottom of Chrome browser. In older versions of Chrome, a Download panel is shown at the bottom of the browser window whenever the browser downloads a file as shown in following screenshot:

Best Approach would be to Use Actions class in this case. The Element you need to interact with after the download bar is visible will be accessible with Actions class methods such as moveToElement().

One way to solve this would be to set up a custom chrome profile in which you disable the download prompt, save it to a specific location inside your project, then use to pass as an argument to ChromeOptions.

Yes, there is a way to disable the download bar in Chrome using Selenium. You can use the ChromeOptions class to add the argument "disable-features=DownloadUI" to the ChromeOptions object, which will disable the download bar. Here's an example:

When clicking on an application or desktop to launch via Citrix Workspace or Citrix Storefront on an Internet Browser (not within Citrix Workspace App) and an ".ica" file shows in the download bar on the bottom left please follow these steps to automatically open said file: ICA file is downloaded during the process. After the ICA file is downloaded, enable the browser to open similar files automatically.Note: Instructions below are similar for other OS's when using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Edge Browsers.

Two months ago Chromium developers started working on a new user experience for downloads in Chrome, shortly after they added the downloads button to the toolbar and now they have added the basic structure of the download bubble (in Chrome Canary), this is what it looks like:

One of the comments in the patch also confirms that Google's ultimate goal is to replace the download bar (at the bottom of the window) with the download bubble in the toolbar, I say this because in some articles it was said that the downloads button would be some kind of "complement" to the download bar and it is not, this is the comment I'm talking about:

Mozilla Firefox, on the other hand, has a tidy little download button in its main toolbar that displays a pop-up download menu when clicked. This was the inspiration for a new Chrome extension, which replaces that clunky old bar with a near replica of this interface, allowing you to reclaim some space at the bottom of your screen while keeping all the functionality of the traditional download bar.

The extension that replicates the download interface from Firefox is called Downloads - Your Download Box, and it's available for free on the Chrome Web Store. To begin, head to the following link, then click "Add to Chrome."

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Hi, the issue is that at some point there was an update and my Chrome browser changed. The downloader bar is a dark grey/black, and the font is also black. Only the content icon is normal coloring. This is problematic, as I am unable to see what is being downloaded. I tried reseting the theme. I tried changing the themes, but the issue is still there, regardless if the theme has been changed. This is very impractical for me.


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