How to show the full URL in Google Chrome again (quick fix)

As someone who makes their living online and uses Chrome pretty much all day, it’s very annoying when Google makes little changes like no longer showing the full URL in the address bar.

You can double click the address bar to show the full address, but this seems kind of stupid because then it means I’m constantly double-clicking on my address bar. I realize they are going for simplicity, which is good and all, but I would like to be able to see the full address to more easily troubleshoot plugin development issues.

Thankfully there is an easy Chrome flag you can enable to show the full URL in Chrome again.

How to show the full URL in Chrome again

Follow the steps below to show the full URL in Google Chrome again. This should also work in other Chromium-based browsers such as Brave.

Step 1

In your Chrome address bar paste the following:

chrome://flags/#omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls
Chrome flags
Chrome flags

Step 2

Under the “Context menu show, full URLs option select “Enabled.” Then click “Relaunch” Chrome at the bottom for it to take effect.

Tip: Make sure to save your work before closing. If you’re like me, you probably have a hundred tabs open.

Content menu show full URLs
Content menu show full URLs

Step 3

Right-click on a URL in your Chrome address bar and select “Always Show Full URLs.”

Always

Now the full URL will show in the Chrome address bar for all of the websites you visit. There is no need to refresh current tabs.

Full URL showing in Google Chrome address bar
Full URL showing in Google Chrome address bar

Summary

You now easily see and copy the full URL whenever you need to. Without all the extra double-clicking. I really wish Chrome wouldn’t make silly changes like this, but at least there is a developer behind the scenes adding flags so we can change it back.

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Brian Jackson

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