Have you ever faced the problem of Chrome download bar not showing while downloading stuff from Chrome? It is so annoying and an obscure problem where the user can’t perceive whether his or her contents are downloading or not. Now let’s introduce the topic in a little informative way in order to solve the problem.
So, what is a download bar in Chrome?
When you start downloading a file in Chrome, at the bottom of the window, a bar appears. It shows the downloading files with a proper name indicating a green pointer downwards that means the process is in progress. It looks something like this-
If it bothers, you can close it by clicking the close button exactly at the right of the bar and closing the tab does no impact the download process. The content will continue to download. You can monitor this progress on clicking the download option in Chrome or simply by pressing “ctrl+J”.
Now the problem is Chrome’s download popup missing and unreadable text (Chrome download bar white).
Fixing Chrome Download Bar Missing Problem (PC)
In the beginning, let it be crystal clear that missing of chrome download bar problem is not Chrome installation itself. It is purely a user profile thing.
Clear out the cache for the user (clearing browsing data)
- Open Chrome and then click the three horizontal lines at the upright corner of the page, then select settings. (see picture above)
- Scroll down and click advanced settings.
- Scroll down and click Clear browsing data.
You will find your download bar for chrome download is working again.
Make sure that you are not using any auto-clear extension file for your chrome browser. There are many extensions available. Installing these files can have two impacts on your download experience. One, it mainly clears your download list, and secondly, it can hide chrome download bar. It has an option ‘Disable download shelf’. Don’t enable it in settings to retain the download bar showing.
In the case of using Chrome OS, there are no user’s facing options to change how to download process and notification are displayed. It is suggested to use alt + shift + I keyboard shortcut to send feedback to the developers and let them know your problem to fix the download bar at the bottom of the browser window besides showing it in the Chrome OS notification bar.
Facing problem with chrome download bar going pure white? Cannot see the download progress in Chrome? It is a problem related to Chrome’s modern design process. To fix the chrome download bar white problem, try changing your Google chrome’s theme. However, many themes may not be useful to fix your problem. So you are suggested to try a few themes before try solving the issues. It is good to use Reset to Default option.
If you have never changed the chrome theme, go through the flowing procedure:
- Open chrome setting and scroll down to the appearance.
- First, you will get theme option, click reset default at the right corner.
Now it fixes your query. If not, then you can search for a chrome theme using your search engine.
All the above ideas failed? Try updating the version of Chrome you are using. The disappearance of the download bar was a persistent problem with Chrome a few years back. Majority of the users was on Chrome version 5. Try working with Google version 10 to solve this problem.
Pay heed to your firewall software. It might happen that Chrome is not in sync with the antivirus software you are using. In case Chrome is not trusted by your program, try to go for disabling your firewall temporarily. View chrome downloads while downloading something. The issue of Chrome download bar not working might get addressed.
How to get download bar back on Chrome?
Once the download bar disappears, getting it back again seems to be another great problem. Try the below steps to get it back.
- Try to reset your Chrome settings and bring it to default
- Uninstall Chrome totally and reinstall it once again
If the problem still persists, go for the next steps.
Say No To Incognito
You will not be able to see the normal chrome window once you are browsing in incognito mode. In case you have your incognito window open and you start browsing on another window, your hidden browsing journey will continue on the newly opened window. This might result in the download bar getting hidden. To disable the incognito mode, click on the X sign at the top right corner of your incognito window.
Bid Adieu To Unwanted Programs
Chrome will itself help you to detect unwanted and malicious programs. If Chrome spots any unwanted program, click on Remove. This will result in the removal of the software, minor change in settings, and disabling the extension.
Create A New User Profile
The download bar might disagree with showing up if you are using a corrupted account. Creating a new user browser profile might address the issue. Follow the below steps-
- Exit from Google Chrome totally
- Press the keyboard shortcut key + E, and Windows Explorer will open
- Once the Windows Explorer opens, type the following in the address pane; %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\
- Now open Google chrome again to find a new default folder that is created automatically while using the browser
Bored by solving Chrome://downloads issue? Worry not. One of all the above workarounds is sure to work and solve your problem forever. If you need any further information, feel free to ask us in the comment box below.