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Windows 7: Kill Your Browser's Address Bar? Pros and Cons

24 May 2011   #1
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
Kill Your Browser's Address Bar? Pros and Cons

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Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are working on deemphasizing your browser's address bar to maximize screen space and put the focus on web apps instead of websites
Seen at PC World Magazine


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24 May 2011   #2
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I was pissed at IE9 for removing the search bar!

So no, not hot on the idea of removing the address bar as well.

Pretty soon Chrome is going to be the playskool browser :/
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24 May 2011   #3
stve

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Only reason I have the address bar showing these days is easy access to the extensions.
Opera has the keyboard sequence Alt l a to toggle the address bar ( lower case L) & F2 pops up go to page for searching or entering a address or nickname.


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26 May 2011   #4
iRHardcore

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit (Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stve View Post
Only reason I have the address bar showing these days is easy access to the extensions.
Opera has the keyboard sequence Alt l a to toggle the address bar ( lower case L) & F2 pops up go to page for searching or entering a address or nickname.
I really didn't know how much FF and Opera looked alike!
Either way, I'm all for the address bar.
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26 May 2011   #5
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

I'm indifferent about removing the search bar since you can search from the address bar.
But now removing the address bar is a different story, its kinda important. I dont want to trust a search engines first response for a web page address.
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26 May 2011   #6
EchoX860

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm sick of every browser trying to maxmize screenspace. It's 1 of the reasons I don't use Chrome since they took out the bottom statusbar that shows links when you hover and whatnot. I'm fine with the space I have now.
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26 May 2011   #7
Luckystar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

For security reason, i would rather keep it.

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The downside of hiding the URL bar, however, is that it reduces your ability to know where a link is taking you
Lucky
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26 May 2011   #8
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
I'm indifferent about removing the search bar since you can search from the address bar.
But now removing the address bar is a different story, its kinda important. I dont want to trust a search engines first response for a web page address.
Except searching from the address bar sucks. It eats your search string, makes it MUCH harder to change search providers in the mddle of searching, and occasionally minefields you when there is only a single search for something you typed that is a url. Entering "sealion" then hitting enter /thinking/ your going to get google or bing up searching for sealion for example takes you to "sealion.com" instead (just an illustration, that particular one doesn't happen). It's annoying and dangerous.

Removing the search bar is another level of annoying and dangerous.

The playskooling of software, driven by smartphones and tablets is seems but leaking over onto desktops/workstations, is a really horrible trend in software these days

IE8 IMHO had the perfect interface for my power use of the browser. IE9, FF, Chrome are now locked in a battle of UI stupidity
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26 May 2011   #9
stve

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Except searching from the address bar sucks. It eats your search string, makes it MUCH harder to change search providers in the mddle of searching, and occasionally minefields you when there is only a single search for something you typed that is a url. Entering "sealion" then hitting enter /thinking/ your going to get google or bing up searching for sealion for example takes you to "sealion.com" instead (just an illustration, that particular one doesn't happen). It's annoying and dangerous.
Not a problem if you use Opera open the address field with Alt D or F2 type g followed by a space for Google or b for Bing space then the search term.
You can create a search for any site that has a search field all it needs is a right click in the search field and select create search.
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26 May 2011   #10
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

In IE8 everything was there and worked great. Search string was always visible, no command keys needed, always editable, and multiple search engines a mouse click away without having to retype anything

It was minimalist enough, but extremely functional. I think that was the peak convergence point. We are now tipping way over to the other side.

Not sure I like having to constantly hit control keys to get functionality I use 50 times a day. For example "ctrl+F" which even in IE 8 was needed to find text on the current page...
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