I have got Google Chrome on my Mac. When you download something, you get a bar at the bottom with the download progress:

Download Bar

But when you exit the window and open a new one, the download bar goes away - even though it's still downloading.

How do you make it have the download bar on every window?

  • I don't know, but you can press the Mac equivalent of Ctrl+J as a workaround. – RedGrittyBrick Feb 11 '12 at 13:29
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    @red it's a poor workaround though, as you can't watch the progress and continue browsing at the same time. – Daniel Beck Feb 11 '12 at 19:52
  • Yes, exactly... – gadgetmo Feb 12 '12 at 9:02
  • A large set of Chrome switch options are listed here, but none seem to be do to give you the feature you're after: peter.sh/experiments/chromium-command-line-switches – Nick Josevski Feb 19 '12 at 0:29


Based on a search (here and here) on advanced Google Chrome configuration options, it doesn't seem like you can.

Chrome has a limited set of configuration options unlike Firefox.

You will just need to use the shortcuts to bring it back up on new windows CTRL+J


It is simple: Shift + Command + J


If you open a new tab, then open a page and save it, the downloads bar comes back. It will only display the current page you saved and any downloads in progress, not ones that finished earlier.

Still it will be displayed, which is a sort of workaround.

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