How to display the http/https and URL subdomain in Chrome

Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Google Chrome browser

In the Google Chrome browser, starting with version 69, the http:// or https:// part of a URL, known as the URL scheme, is hidden in the Chrome address bar (omnibox). Additionally, the subdomain of a web address, or URL, is also hidden in the address bar. For example, the URL https://www.computerhope.com is displayed as computerhope.com. The "https" scheme and "www" subdomain is hidden in the address bar, as Google considered these to be trivial and unnecessary to display.

URL subdomain hidden in Chrome address bar

Tip

The URL scheme and subdomain is temporarily displayed if you click in the address bar to edit the URL or copy any part of the URL.

If you want the URL scheme and subdomain to display at all times again, you can modify Chrome settings to force them to show in the address bar for all URLs. Select from the list below for steps on how to display each hidden part of a URL in the address bar.

How to display "http" or "https" in the address bar

To display the URL scheme ("http" or "https"), in the address bar (omnibox), select the version of Chrome on your computer and follow the steps provided.

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Enter chrome://flags/ in the address bar.
  3. Press Ctrl+F to open the search box and type unexpire m76.
  4. For the Temporarily unexpire M76 flags option, highlighted by the search you performed, click the drop-down list to the right and select Disabled.

Enable Temporarily unexpire M76 flags setting in Chrome browser

  1. Click the Relaunch Now button that appears in the bottom-right corner to make the settings change take effect.
  2. After Chrome relaunches, press Ctrl+F again to open the search box and type omnibox ui hide.
  3. Locate the Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme option, highlighted by the search you performed.
  4. To the right of that option, click the drop-down list and select Disabled.

Hide URL scheme setting option in Chrome browser

  1. Click the Relaunch Now button that appears in the bottom-right corner to make the settings change take effect.

How to display the subdomain in the address bar

To display the URL subdomain in the address bar (omnibox), follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Enter chrome://flags/ in the address bar.
  3. Press Ctrl+F to open the search box and type unexpire m76.
  4. For the Temporarily unexpire M76 flags option, highlighted by the search you performed, click the drop-down list to the right and select Disabled.

Enable Temporarily unexpire M76 flags setting in Chrome browser

  1. Click the Relaunch Now button that appears in the bottom-right corner to make the settings change take effect.
  2. After Chrome relaunches, press Ctrl+F again to open the search box and type omnibox ui hide.
  3. Locate the Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Trivial Subdomains option, highlighted by the search you performed.
  4. To the right of that option, click the drop-down list and select Disabled.

Hide subdomain setting option in Chrome browser

  1. Click the Relaunch Now button that appears in the bottom-right corner to make the settings change take effect.