How to Restore Chrome Downloads to Bottom of Screen

A recent update to Google Chrome has brought about a significant change in the positioning of download notifications, relocating them from the familiar lower part of the screen to the upper right corner. While this alteration aims to streamline the user interface, some may find this new placement less intuitive.

Personally, I encountered some frustration with this update, as I habitually waited for the notification to pop up at the bottom of the page. This led to multiple inadvertent downloads of the same files. Even after familiarizing myself with the new notification positioning, my attention still tends to gravitate towards the lower section of the page.

Thankfully, there is a way to revert downloads back to their original location. Below, I outline the steps to restore Chrome downloads to the bottom of the screen:

  1. Open Chrome Flags: Type or copy and paste the following in Chrome’s address field: chrome://flags/#download-bubble.
  2. Access “Enable Download Bubble”: You will be directed to the “Enable download bubble” option at the top. Click on the drop-down menu on the right and select Disable.
  3. Relaunch Chrome: Once you’ve selected the Disable option, a prominent “Relaunch” button will appear at the bottom of the screen. Click on it to refresh Chrome and implement the new setting.

Following these steps, your download notifications will revert to appearing at the bottom of the screen, just as they did before. However, it’s worth noting that Google has labeled this feature as an “experimental flag,” which implies that it might be subject to removal in future updates. So, proceed with caution.

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