Close Chrome’s Download Strip With A Keyboard Shortcut

Close Chrome’s Download Strip With A Keyboard Shortcut

One thing I really missed when I shifted from Firefox to Chrome was a keyboard-friendly download manager. You can get rid of Firefox’s download window simply by hitting the Esc key, but Chrome wastes vertical space by putting file downloads under the main window in a strip you can only close by clicking the close box with your mouse. Fortunately, there is a workaround.

If you don’t want that annoying download bar cluttering up your view, simply type Control-J followed by Control-W. Control-J opens Chrome’s full download listing in a new tab, and when that happens, the strip is automatically closed. Control-W closes that tab, leaving you back where you were but with the full screen at your disposal. I’m annoyed at myself for not thinking of this months ago. I’d still prefer a one-key shortcut baked into the browser, but this will do for now.


  • Blew my mind this download strip thing. Chrome goes nuts cutting out all the actually useful menus and tool bars and then shoves this ENORMOUS hideous idiotic bar in your face every time you download a file and leaves it there until your proactively close it. What a joke. And FF went full retard trying to copy the chrome design somehow not realizing chrome’s install base has nothing to do with the layout and everything to do with sketchy distribution tactics. There is now not a single good browser to use, NOT ONE. How pitiful.

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