Where have the WWW’s gone?

Luke .

If you are a user of Google Chrome, you may have noticed recently that the WWW prefix is no longer being shown in your address bar. With the release Chrome 76 this month, the WWW’s are now hidden by default for all websites regardless if your site is set to use them or not.

The update also hides https:// from the beginning of your URL even if your site has a valid SSL.

The changes are part of Google’s push to simplify Chrome’s UI and they believe that these details are unnecessary for most Chrome users.

If you aren’t a fan of Google’s decision to make this change then for now you can revert the change by editing a couple of hidden settings in your browser if you wish.

To do this:

  • Navigate to this URL in your Chrome browser: chrome://flags/ 
  • Find the option called, ‘Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme” and set this to disabled.
  • Then also find the option called “Omnibox UI hide Steady-State URL Trivial Subdomains” and set this to disabled”
  • And lastly relaunch your browser for the change to take effect

WWW prefix missing - Omnibox


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