as of last week I had a status bar in chrome. i know it's not on full time, but it does show up when necessary (or at least it did)

it was useful for 2 things

  • page loading status

  • link hover info

not sure what happened, but it's gone and i can't find any settings for it.

i did not install any extensions to have it in the past.

5 Answers 5


It is a bug, try this:

  • Open Chrome Settings
  • Select "Show Advanced Settings"
  • Scroll down to "System"
  • un-check "Use hardware acceleration when available"

As I said in the comments this is a Chrome bug (Issue 345698) and there is no actual/perfect solution to this, one can only wait till the Chrome Developers fix the problem.

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    interesting.. that worked. then i checked it, and it went away again...
    – Sonic Soul
    Feb 24, 2014 at 23:55
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    yes, when i disable hardware acceleration?.. WTH????
    – Sonic Soul
    Feb 25, 2014 at 0:58
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    Hahaha, yeah it is a weird bug. But I think they will fix it in the next updates. Hey don't forget to +1 ;)
    – Devid
    Feb 25, 2014 at 1:19
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    actually this worked for a little while, but status went away again.. seems like i have to toggle that setting daily now ..
    – Sonic Soul
    Feb 25, 2014 at 16:35
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    This is a bug and it does not mean that it will be fixed any soon. There is no actual solution to this.
    – Devid
    Mar 12, 2014 at 14:43

This bug has a long history in Chrome of appearing several times, as well as being fixed several times. Turning off hardware acceleration sometimes fixes it, but perhaps only incidentally because it restarts Chrome. Reinstalling Chrome sometimes also helped momentarily.

It was last "fixed" in version 34.0.1838.2 :
Issue 341879: REGRESSION: Status bar/bubble and tooltips no longer appear,
but was observed to be triggered again when any drop-down list was used.

Then came
Issue 345698: REGRESSION: URL Not Displaying in Lower-Left Corner When Hovering Over Link
in which the latest entry from 2014-03-11 seems to promise a final solution. The issue is marked as Closed on Mars 10.

I suggest waiting for these fixes to find their way into the official version. Better keep an eye on Issue 345698 and relaunch it if necessary. The bug has to be fixed in Chrome itself, as there is no workaround possible for it except restarting Chrome.

It should be noted that this is not one bug that reappears again and again, but rather multiple bugs having the same effect. There is no guarantee that the bugs fixed in Issues 345698 and 341879 are the last of their kind.

  • i guess what i am looking for is a way to revert to a version of chrome that doesn't have this bug.. since not everyone with latest chrome has this issue? there's probably something else that's triggering the bug.
    – Sonic Soul
    Mar 16, 2014 at 23:34
  • Chrome has always had these bugs. For example see one more Issue 123901 from April 2012, apparently marked as Closed but without solution(!). If you don't want to restart Chrome every time the bar is stuck in the off state, your only solution is to use another browser until Issue 345698 makes it into the release. But again, no guarantee that your problem is not actually another bug that's not been treated yet or one that the developers decided to ignore because too complicated to fix.
    – harrymc
    Mar 17, 2014 at 7:13

I run Chrome tiled, side by side and notice the status bar disappearing from time to time.

To get it back, I create a new empty tab and then drag my already open tabs to that new empty one. The status bar reappears. I can then close the empty one where the status bar had disappeared and retile to get everything arranged the way I want it.

  • thanks, but it would be much quicker to just close your chrome, open a new window and press ctrl+shift+t .. this will re-open all the tabs from previous session ;)
    – Sonic Soul
    Mar 18, 2014 at 22:23
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    +1 this is actually a better solution for times when you have 15 tabs or so open and don't want to reload all of them and if you want to preserve state.
    – Shazvi
    Mar 20, 2014 at 7:44

I found out a "workaround", if you right-click the link, for the moment you hold the button pressed you can see the address, hope it helps. cheers

  • awesome! works with holding left click too, but right is better. :)
    – cregox
    Apr 17, 2017 at 14:33
  • not working for me with a right click(hold) or left click(hold), but a left drag shows the label and the link in a little box. chrome 66.0.3359.181. OK that is annoying, when I went to check the version it updated and now the relaunched Chrome has the status bar back.
    – rob
    Jun 4, 2018 at 10:07

It is very easy and simple. Just press and hold the Ctrl and scroll up or down with the mouse, the Status bar will appear on the upper right corner. Then you can adjust to zoom in or out the page.

  • That's not the status bar, that's a zoom control.
    – Mathieu K.
    Apr 20, 2018 at 5:31

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