A couple of days ago I noticed that for all websites, chrome omits from the address bar the protocol and the subdomain if it is www. My co-workers report that they are not seeing this.
For example, if I type into the address bar "https://www.google.com" (without the quotes), Chrome immediately displays the chip "Secure" followed by google.com. See attached screen shots.
I have looked in vain for Chrome settings that affect this, plus the chrome://flags page and chrome://net-internals page.
I did not do anything consciously to make this change.
EDIT: suggestion from MrWhite that Ominbox UI Hide Stead-State URL Scheme and Trivial Subdomains had become enabled: good suggestion, except that the setting is still at "Default". See screen shot:
However, as a shot in the dark, I am going to play with the setting to see what happens.
First I set it to "disabled". That restored the previous behavior of the address bar, which is to not to hide the protocol and "trivial subdomains". Then I changed it back to "Default", and it was hiding them again. One would suspect that somehow the default has been changed, except that co-workers are not reporting this issue.
Oh, well. I'll just leave it as Disabled for now.
I would be ready to accept the answer from MrWhite, because it provides a workaround. Yet will leave it open for a bit longer, because it does not really answer why this behavior has changed, and why it has to be overridden.
EDIT 2: Chrome version is 67.0.3396.87.
EDIT 3: I would now accept the answer from MrWhite as the most complete. However, rAlen does add additional info, so there dilemma of not being able to "split the credit" is there.