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Having to hit the X to close out that bar over and over is such a pain. When a download completes, I want to have the bar clear itself and leave the bottom of the screen, similar to the way Download Statusbar for Firefox does. How do I do this?

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Found this Chrome extension today. It's relatively new, available since May 22, 2012:

Always Clear Downloads

A Google Chrome Extension to always clear the downloads list of all completed downloads.

User Reviews:

  • First extension that clears the download bar and hides it afterwards.

  • I have been looking for an extension that does this! Thank you. Works very well hiding the download bar after the download has completed. Saves a click.

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Awesome find. However still don't understand why we need an extension for something that should be part of the browser normally. –  Diago Oct 7 '12 at 15:19
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Unfortunately, that extension clears out failed downloads and the entire download list after 5 seconds, with no customization for those options. I (and I think many others here) just want the downloads bar at the bottom to go away, since it takes up screen real-estate. That being said, it's a step in the right direction. –  ezrock Dec 5 '12 at 23:13

Easier keyboard shortcuts (Windows): CtrlJ, CtrlW (open Downloads tab, close it)

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Although this doesn't help the OP's query about the downloads bar. –  w3d Mar 18 '13 at 18:06
    
@w3d, I believe you did not understand my answer. Also, this was two years ago... –  Diego Mar 19 '13 at 0:21
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@Diego: Ooops, yes - as a side effect it removes the downloads bar! Sorry! :) (Yep, it's an old thread, although this "problem" is still current and this thread is cited as the authoritative question on the subject.) –  w3d Mar 19 '13 at 8:19
    
I use the same technique/hack :) For Mac, use Cmd + Shift + J to open a tab listing all Downloads, then press Cmd + W to close the new Tab and get back to where you were –  Bijay Rungta Aug 25 at 20:58

Keyboard shortcut solution for Mac users

The Download Bar has been my #1 complaint about Google Chrome ever since I started using it, and was often a reason to switch back to Safari as my main browser. Every now and then I go through all the Google Groups topics about this, but even though there've been bug reports and feature requests about this for years, nobody at Google can be bothered to add a simple "Close Download Bar" keyboard shortcut or a "Don't show the Download Bar" checkbox in the settings.

Furthermore, the Download Bar isn't added within the window, the window is resized and then the Download Bar gets added. Hello Google, this isn't 1995 where JavaScripts are constantly resizing your application windows. I am the user, and I decide how large my windows should be.

When you close the Downloar Bar right away, the window size is restored though. However, when you interact with other applications for a while and then return to Google Chrome to close the Download Bar, it forgot the original window size for some reason, and you're stuck with the resized window. This probably isn't a problem on a screen with a high resolution, but on laptops where you have less screen real estate, it can be really annoying.

Because of the resizing, I started looking into finding a solution using AppleScript. And while I was working on that, I found a way to automate the closing of the Download Bar as well.

AppleScript that closes the Download Bar

Here's what it does:

  1. Opens the Downloads window (which automatically removes the Download Bar)
  2. Closes the Downloads window
  3. Returns to the previously active tab
  4. Optional: resizes the window to your preferred dimensions
on run
    tell application "Google Chrome"
        activate

        -- know which tab to return to
        set active_tab to active tab index of front window

        tell application "System Events"
            tell application process "Google Chrome"
                -- opens download window and removes the download bar
                keystroke "j" using {command down, shift down}
                -- make sure the keystroke works
                delay 0.2
                -- closes the download window
                keystroke "w" using command down
            end tell
        end tell

        -- return to the tab
        set active tab index of front window to active_tab

        -- optional: resize to your preferred dimensions
        set bounds of front window to {50, 40, 1400, 810}
    end tell
end run

Like I said, after a while Google Chrome forgets the original window size. The bounds in the script are how I prefer my browser window on my MacBook Air resolution. You can remove this, or set it to whatever you want. I guess it's also possible to determine what the bounds are after the window has been resized, and then calculate what they were if you subtract the height of the Download Bar.

Install AppleScript as Service with keyboard shortcut

The easiest way to run this script is to install it as a system wide Service that you can then activate using a keyboard shortcut. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Automator application
  2. Create a "Service"
  3. Set the "Service receives" to "no input" (drop down) at the top
  4. Search for "AppleScript" on the left
  5. Drag the "Run AppleScript" action to the Workflow pane on the right
  6. Paste in the above code (and test it if you like)
  7. Save the Service as something like "Google Chrome: Close Download Bar"

Next:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard
  2. Select "Services" on the left
  3. Find your newly created Service on the right under the heading "General"
  4. Double click on the right side of that line to activate the shortcut input box
  5. Press your preferred key combo (I used Control–Option–Command–J)

And that's it. Now, whenever you press your key combo, Google Chrome will be activated (if it wasn't already), and the AppleScript is loaded removing the Download Bar. So it's also an easy way to quickly return to Chrome, e.g. when you did something with the file you downloaded.


Note 1: This also works in Google Chrome Canary; simply refer to "Google Chrome Canary" in the AppleScript.
Note 2: A similar approach should work in Windows using AutoHotKey.

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Impressive. Well done! –  Zac B Jul 5 '12 at 14:20
    
Anything for the Win users? –  Shimmy Nov 27 '12 at 0:02
    
This is actually the best solution listed here. Excellently written instructions, as well. –  ezrock Jan 15 '13 at 18:25

Auto-closing the download shelf? Ha! Good luck with that; the devs are resolute to not implement that for some reason. However, they have made it so that opening a file (ie, by clicking on its download-bar entry) will remove it, and if the bar is empty, then it will hide.

They also refuse to make an option to not show the shelf at all.

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This is quite sad and annoying! This should get upvotes so that people are aware of the dev's stance on this issue! Else we'll end up lobbying in the wrong place probably... –  grunwald2.0 Aug 10 '12 at 8:53
    
Poor decisions... Would be nice to see if Chrome developers can back this up by real measures: if they did a proper efficiency test to see which users handle downloads quicker – Safari's or Chrome's – the former group would prove winners. It's a pity. Just as much as it is, seeing that Apple don't get that they need to create something worthy of comparison to Chrome's Web Store, for Safari's extensions. Why these guys won't follow each others' good examples fables me.) –  Henrik Nov 23 '12 at 21:21
    
Sadly the Chromium devs seem to ignore user feedback about as much as Microsoft does. ☹ –  Synetech Nov 23 '12 at 23:58

For what it's worth, you can close it with the keyboard by doing:

  • Windows: Alt-F, D, TAB, TAB, [RETURN], CTRL-W

  • Mac: CMD-SHIFT-J, TAB, TAB, [RETURN], CMD-W

Seems tedious, but if you do it a couple times, it becomes second nature.

UPDATE: Actually, I noticed you can also do this:

  • Windows: ALT-D, SHIFT-TAB, SHIFT-TAB, SHIFT-TAB, SPACEBAR

  • Mac: CMD-L, SHIFT-TAB, SHIFT-TAB, SHIFT-TAB, SPACEBAR

On Windows, you can use F6 to move to the downloads bar (usually the second or third thing focused) and then Tab around to the X.

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When did they add these? –  Ivo Flipse Mar 22 '11 at 13:42
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@Ivo, these are standard OS GUI navigation shortcuts, they're not Chrome-specific –  Pavel Jul 20 '11 at 10:09

I did something close to Alec here, but my code is a little more efficient and less likeley to fail - mostly because it doesn't rely on keyboard shortcuts (much) and dynamically checks whether the shortcuts has registered before it goes on. Enjoy!

tell application "Google Chrome" to set i to active tab index of first window
tell application "System Events" to keystroke "j" using {command down, shift down}
tell application "Google Chrome"
    repeat
        if URL of active tab of first window = "chrome://downloads/" then
            exit repeat
        else
            delay 0.1
        end if
    end repeat
    set j to active tab index of first window
    delete tab j of first window
    set active tab index of first window to i
end tell
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You can get rid of the download bar with a keyboard shortcut:

http://metalab.at/wiki/Benutzer:Tessellated/Chromium_Clicky

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How about using this extension
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/downloadr-download-manage/gjihnjejboipjmadkpmknccijhibnpfe

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No place hogging download bar will show up any more.

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