It goes without saying that Google’s Chrome, like so many other browsers, is constantly being tweaked and improved for the user. Recently, it appears that the search engine is testing a somewhat cosmetic feature on the browser, and it involves hiding URL paths.
To be precise, the feature is being currently being tested via Google’s Canary, which is basically a browser made by and for developers. To test out potential features for Chrome, before letting them out into the wild. Getting back on point, the supposed feature effectively hides everything in the address bar, leaving only the website’s domain name. Not even the paths are displayed.
There also seems to be three slightly different functions of the feature available. The first version of the URL-hider will display the full path when clicked on; the second function will simply display the full URL when hovering the mouse cursor over the address bar. While the third version will simply keep the URL path on display until the user fully engages and interacts with the page.
At this point in time, why Google is supposedly investing some effort into this feature still remains a mystery. Practically speaking, however, having this feature could potentially enable Chrome users to avoid lookalike pages or sites that have otherwise questionable names.
For the moment, the feature isn’t widely available on Chrome, and there’s no telling when or if Google plans on making it publicly available.