Google’s Really Trying to Kill The URL Bar

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  1. SamAsh07
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    There was talk a few months back of a compact mode in Chrome that would turn the URL bar into a contextual element. Now it's seeping into early builds of Chrome 13. Here's how it works:

    Instead of showing a URL bar permanently, the user will have to double-click a tab to see a shortened version of the URL that is displayed with a hover effect, if you move the mouse pointer away from the field, the URL bar disappears. The feature has to be enabled via a flag in a recent Canary or nightly build version of Chrome 13. To activate teh hidden URL bar, users will also have to right-click a tab and select "Hide the toolbar"Besides killing the URL bar, the new feature also moves the tools menu, hides any extension and introduces new back/forward buttons.[/p]

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  2. _Chaz_

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    Chrome is now one small step from perpetual fullscreen mode.
     
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    Uh to be honest, I like this idea. Since I'm a regular user of Chrome, why not something different? [​IMG]
     
  4. Coto

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    Against it. Definitively going for url bar, as I´ve been used to
     
  5. Sir VG

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    Sorry Google, but I like the idea of going directly to a site via a URL bar, instead of using your services.

    Will be sticking to Firefox.
     
  6. RupeeClock

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    Completely against it, the URL bar should always be on view so the user can develop a sense of "location", this is ESPECIALLY important for the prevention of phishing websites that may spoof URLs.

    Imagine if you were accidentally directed to a fake banking site, but couldn't see the URL immediately, it'd be a disaster!
     
  7. Narayan

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    i'm not totally against this against this idea. i'll try it out first, but i do think the url bar should stay.
     
  8. Terminator02

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    as long as it's stays an option i think it'd be pretty cool to try out
     
  9. coolness

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    is use google chrome only when i want to see movies on the internet
    and if firefox is fucked up
     
  10. DSGamer64

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    I'd think a mouse over URL bar would make more sense wouldn't it?
     
  11. Wintrale

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    It's not a bad idea, but Firefox 4 has reduced theirs to less than 90 pixels tall and that's more than slimline enough for me.
     
  12. Eckin

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    unnecessary, just press f11 ffs.

    also, the phishing argument. (not just about banks, but everything you log into)
     
  13. shakirmoledina

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    i feel i am not using a browser if i dont see the basic status bar and address bar (also bookmarks toolbar). For this reason, one computer has firefox 4 and the other has 3.6
     
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    No man, F11 is scary.
     
  15. Foxi4

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    ...because those 15 pixels of screen space REALLY MATTER when you're browsing.

    ...Google-Morons. If I didn't want a bar displayed, I'd turn it off. I have the option right there, in the View context menu. Oh wait. I don't, because there is no context menu. Permanent Fullscreen, lol.

    Instead of making the browser intuitive and easy/quick to use, they're doing their best to slow down the user's actions.

    Forget Chrome. Get Firefox.
     
  16. SamAsh07
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    I'm used to Chrome and it's lightness, in short, I don't mind this change.
     
  17. Terminator02

    Terminator02 ヽ( 。 ヮ゚)ノ

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    the pixels you gain really do make a difference, it's why i always have my dock on the left

    and it's an optional thing to opt-in to, and once it becomes default you'll probably be able to opt-out of it

    and how exactly does this slow down the user? the only time i ever really use the address bar is when i open a new tab
     
  18. Foxi4

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    I didn't mean just the adress bar, I meant "bars" in general. I personally feel uncomfortable when I don't have a standard context menu with options like File through Tools. Whenever I want to "change" something in the way my browser looks or behaves, whenever I want to find something within the web page, whenever I want to look up the source, I'm always a click away. I don't need a mile-long set of keyboard shortcuts to memorize, I don't have a large right-click menu - I have everything I need and use on the plate and I can customize this view however I want.
     
  19. wchill

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    I think it would be fine IF the URL was displayed for a short period of time after the page loaded before disappearing.
     
  20. ShadowSoldier

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    Ew. What a horrible idea....