How to Show Full URLs in the Google Chrome Address Bar

Knowing the exact, full web address of the website you’re accessing is important for security. Here's how to always show full URLs in Google Chrome.

Knowing the exact, full web address of the website you’re accessing is important to ensure security. In recent updates, Google Chrome removed full URLs from the address bar until you click on it twice. Luckily, we’re here to show you how to always show full URLs in Google Chrome.

Show Full URLs in the Google Chrome Address Bar


The dangers of not knowing the full address of a website include fraud, account hacking, malware, and various types of scams. For example, unsafe websites often start with “http://” instead of the safe, secured “https://” port. This enables malicious site owners more leeway in harming you or your computer.

Always seeing the full address of a URL will better alert your attention to addressing unsafe websites. If you’re a power user, it might be a personal preference to see full addresses. Whatever the reason, this article helps you with a step-by-step guide.

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Always show full URLs in Google Chrome

Google Chrome has many hidden options the average user may not know about. The option to show full addresses in the address bar is one of them. The steps below walk you through enabling this from the settings by using a hidden flag in Chrome.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
    Open Google Chrome
  2. Copy and paste the following into the address bar, then press the Enter key on your keyboard: chrome://flags/#omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls
  3. Click on the drop-down menu to the right of the Context menu show full URLs section.
    context menu show full URLs
  4. Select Enabled from the options.
    enable full urls
  5. An alert will pop up saying “Your changes will take effect the next time you relaunch Google Chrome.” Click on the Relaunch button, or manually exit out of the browser before opening it again.
    1. Tip: Make sure to save your work before exiting Google Chrome!
      apply changes
  6. After opening the browser again, right-click anywhere in the address bar. Select the Always show full URLs option from the context menu. You should immediately see the address change to its full form.

How to disable full URLs in Google Chrome

If you want to turn off full URLs from showing in Google Chrome and return to the more streamlined display, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Right-click anywhere in your address bar.
    right click adress bar
  3. Click on Always show full URLs to remove the tick next to it. You should immediately see the URL change to its shortened form.

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