I'm missing the download bar in Chrome. The bar that showed up each time I downloaded a file. (Not CTRL+J).

I got it on my old computer. Have they removed it or are there a configuration option?

  • I'm running Chrome 15.0.874.121 (WinXP) and the download bar appears whenever I download a file. I see no option to change this behaviour. Have you tried downloading different file types? I wonder if certain file types are set to 'always open'? What if you right-mouse on a download link and select 'Save link as...'? – MrWhite Nov 28 '11 at 10:02
  • I never see it at my Win7 computer and I've not changed any options – jgauffin Nov 28 '11 at 10:32
  • @HaydnWVN: That is the downloads 'page' (the same as hitting CTRL+J as mentioned in the question). The downloads 'bar' appears at the bottom of the window to show current downloads only. – MrWhite Nov 28 '11 at 11:11

Type chrome://flags in the URL bar. If a page loads look for 'New Downloads UI'. Disable it if it's enabled.

P.S: These options might not be available in your Chrome version.


Now there is no solution to hide the download bar automatically or display it manually, but google chrome team confirmed HERE that they are working on this issue.

  • It have never appeared on this computer. I do not want to autohide it, just the default behaviour (i.e. it shows when I click to download a file) – jgauffin Nov 28 '11 at 10:34
  • Have you tried to re-install Chrome/install newer version? – Kent Nov 29 '11 at 2:50

I encountered this disappearing download bar when having 99 files downloaded with the same name to the default folder. The file names will have different numbers appended: file(99).pdf.

After I deleted/moved these files elsewhere, the download bar re-appeared. :)


From what I can see, this feature isn't built into Chrome. I downloaded and extension that shows speed as well as manages the downloads folder. Here's the link


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    Please quote the essential parts of the answer from the reference link, as the answer can become invalid if the linked page changes or the target site is unreachable/permanently offline. – DavidPostill Sep 29 '14 at 16:49

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