Chrome has just introduced some new UI elements for web exploration. The new URL bar is not intuitive. But once you've covered that, you can edit, paste, and navigate the address bar much more efficiently.
I am fixing phone software issues, but I still play around with Chrome's new interface. Whenever I entered a URL incorrectly or had to manually change a site's address, I typed the address bar as always. But instead of letting me edit the text, I'm now redirected to an empty search box. I thought my only option would be to tap the Copy button, paste the URL into the search bar, and then manually change the address before pressing Enter. But now I know that there is a much better way.
Learning the new interface
Open the Chrome app and start any webpage. Tap in the address bar and you'll see the new Chrome address bar UI. Here are four different options:
- The address bar is now blank. It is only used to enter new websites or to add new search terms.
- To share your current website as a link, tap the sharing icon.
- If you want to copy your current web address, tap the copy icon.
- And where I was confused: If you want to edit your current URL, tap the pencil-shaped edit icon. When you do this, the URL returns to the address bar and you can edit it as you like.
What initially felt like a regression of functionality is, in fact, more functional than the old version – you just have to know what you can do with it.