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The Ultimate Guide to Auto Hide Download Bar Chrome


How to Auto Hide Download Bar in Chrome




Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, but it has one feature that some users find annoying: the download bar. The download bar is a horizontal strip that appears at the bottom of the screen whenever you download a file from the internet. It shows the progress, name, and options of the downloaded file, and it stays there until you close it manually or exit Chrome.


While some users might find the download bar useful, others might think that it takes up too much space, blocks some content, or distracts them from their browsing experience. If you are one of those users who want to hide or disable the download bar in Chrome, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will show you three methods that can help you achieve that goal.




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Method 1: Use an extension




One of the easiest ways to hide or disable the download bar in Chrome is to use an extension. An extension is a small program that adds extra functionality to your browser. There are many extensions available for Chrome that can help you customize your browser according to your preferences.


In this method, we will introduce two extensions that can hide or disable the download bar automatically. You can choose either one of them depending on your needs.


AutoHideDownloadsBar




AutoHideDownloadsBar is an extension that hides annoying downloads bar in the bottom of the screen. It is open-source, simple, lean, and has no ads. It has several options that you can customize according to your preferences:


How to hide or disable Chrome's download bar: a step-by-step guide[^1^]


AutoHideDownloadsBar: an open-source, simple, and no ads extension[^2^]


Autohide Downloads Bar: an extension that closes the downloads bar after a set amount of time[^3^]


Auto Hide Annoying Download Bar in Chrome: two ways to hide the download bar[^4^]


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  • You can hide download bar only after downloads completion, or not display the shelf at all.



  • You can set delay before the shelf is auto-closed.



  • You can display download notifications.



  • You can show the progress of the loading in the icon panel.



To use this extension, follow these steps:


  • Open Chrome and go to .



  • Search for AutoHideDownloadsBar and click Add to Chrome.



  • After the extension is installed, it will automatically disable the download bar, or you can click the icon and customize the extension settings according to your preferences.



Autohide Downloads Bar




Autohide Downloads Bar is another extension that closes the downloads bar after a set amount of time. It has fewer options than AutoHideDownloadsBar, but it is still effective and easy to use.


To use this extension, follow these steps:


  • Open Chrome and go to .



  • Search for Autohide Downloads Bar and click Add to Chrome.



  • After the extension is installed, it will automatically close the download bar after 5 seconds, or you can click the icon and change the time interval according to your preferences.



Method 2: Use a shortcut key




Another way to hide or disable the download bar in Chrome is to use a shortcut key. A shortcut key is a combination of keys that performs a specific action in your browser. In this method, we will use two shortcut keys that can help you hide the download bar manually.


CTRL + J and CTRL + W




CTRL + J is a shortcut key that opens the downloads tab in Chrome. It shows you the list of files that you have downloaded from the internet, and allows you to manage them. CTRL + W is a shortcut key that closes the current tab in Chrome. It helps you exit the downloads tab quickly.


To use these keys, follow these steps:


  • When you download a file from the internet, press CTRL + J to open the downloads tab.



  • Press CTRL + W to close the downloads tab and clear the download list.



  • The download bar will disappear from the bottom of the screen.



Method 3: Use a custom CSS code




The third way to hide or disable the download bar in Chrome is to use a custom CSS code. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets, and it is a language that defines how web pages look and behave. By using a custom CSS code, you can modify the appearance and behavior of the download bar in Chrome permanently.


Steps to apply the custom CSS code




To use this method, follow these steps:


  • Open Chrome and go to . It is usually located at C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\User StyleSheets\Custom.css.



  • Open the Custom.css file with a text editor such as Notepad.



  • Copy and paste the following code at the end of the file:



#downloads-bar display: none !important;


  • Save and close the file.



  • Restart Chrome for the changes to take effect.



  • The download bar will be hidden from the bottom of the screen permanently.



Comparison of the methods




Now that we have shown you three methods that can help you hide or disable the download bar in Chrome, let's compare them and see which one is best for you. Here is a table that summarizes the pros and cons of each method:


Method Pros Cons --- --- --- Use an extension Easy to install and use; customizable options; automatic hiding or disabling Requires an extra program; may slow down your browser; may not work with some websites Use a shortcut key No need for an extra program; fast and simple; works with any website Requires manual action; does not hide or disable permanently; may interfere with other shortcuts Use a custom CSS code Hides or disables permanently; does not require an extra program; does not interfere with other shortcuts Requires editing a system file; may affect other elements of your browser; may not work with future updates As you can see, each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose the one that suits you best. Here are some scenarios where each method might be useful:


  • If you want to hide or disable the download bar occasionally, and you don't mind installing an extra program, you can use an extension.



  • If you want to hide or disable the download bar quickly, and you don't want to install an extra program, you can use a shortcut key.



  • If you want to hide or disable the download bar permanently, and you are comfortable with editing a system file, you can use a custom CSS code.



Conclusion




In this article, we have shown you how to auto hide download bar in Chrome using three methods: using an extension, using a shortcut key, and using a custom CSS code. We have also compared the pros and cons of each method and suggested some scenarios where each method might be useful. We hope that this article has helped you improve your browsing experience in Chrome.


If you want to learn more about how to manage downloads in Chrome, here are some tips that might help you:


  • You can access your downloads by clicking on the menu icon (three dots) at the top right corner of Chrome, and then clicking on Downloads. You can also use the shortcut key CTRL + J to open the downloads tab.



  • You can pause, resume, cancel, or retry your downloads by clicking on the icons next to the file name in the download bar or the downloads tab.



You can open, show in folder, or remove your downloads by right-clicking on the file name in the download bar or the


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