How to disable Google Chrome download bar from popping up every time I download something? I prefer to ctrl+j to see my downloads status when I actually want it, not to see a log of every thing I save all the time.

  • Was an option in chrome://flags/ until ver 22. Since then, it seems the only option has been an extension that jacks with download history. – panhandel Jan 23 '14 at 22:54
  • I believe that CoolNovo has a simplified download manager that tucks away all downloads into a button at the top instead of a bar at the bottom. (coolnovo.com, no affiliation whatsoever) – gparyani Jan 24 '14 at 4:58

You can use this extension that disables the downloads bar but does nothing else: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disable-download-bar/gjdldigdojpjlmphnogmcmhojfadfmem


In my current Chromium (47.0.2509.0), in chrome://flags, you can set "Download Status in Notification Center" to "Enabled" which will display downloads in a Notification popup instead of the downloads bar.

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    Seemingly no longer available in version 78 at least. – Colin 't Hart Nov 26 '19 at 11:38
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    Why is it that all the useful chrome://flags settings are removed after a short time? Every single time I find solution to an annoyance using chrome://flags, the setting is no longer there. Pretty lame. – MKANET Apr 22 '20 at 17:25

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