Google Chrome – How to see download progress (speed and time remaining)

When files are downloaded in Google Chrome they appear in a ‘download toolbar’ at the bottom of the window.

When Google Chrome was released this behaviour was new – previously browsers will first ask you where to save a file and then provide a dialog box to show the progress of the download.

Some changes did happen to improve the usability of the ‘download toolbar’ but it remains controversial – by keeping the minimal design it is removing useful information like when a download started, how quick it is downloading and an estimated finish time.

There are third-party extensions available that try to fill the gap, but if you’re not keen on using extensions press Ctrl J on your keyboard to view the Downloads tab.

The Downloads tab shows the download – including the speed (seen below as 9.5 MB/s) and time remaining.

While it may not be as good as what other browsers, such as Firefox, offer – it’s still better than the “minimally useful” download toolbar.

 

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5 comments on “Google Chrome – How to see download progress (speed and time remaining)

  1. “There are third-party extensions available that I’m sure fill the gap”
    Great. Those would be perfect to have in this article.
    This is basically saying “No, find out how to do it yourself”.
    Which would be fine if people didn’t already look for a information on how to do it to get here.

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