Google Chrome will get a new download UI with drag-and-drop support


Google Chrome continues to improve and this time it’s the downloads menu that’s affected. The Mountain View firm is working on a new user interface that wants to make our lives easier.

Google had been working on the Chrome interface for a few months. From now on, it will be easier to go and see the downloads compared to the traditional Control+J. Indeed, an icon will appear to the right of the URL. Simply click on it to see the downloaded files on your computer.

There is an even better feature: by opening this window, it will be possible to take a downloaded file and drag it somewhere else. Quite simply. No need to retrieve them directly from the dedicated folder. It won’t drastically change your life, but it will save you a few precious seconds, especially if you’re the type who downloads a lot of images. All you have to do is drag them from Chrome‘s new download UI onto your desktop or directly into Photoshop.

Google Chrome will make downloads even easier

This innovation seems so obvious, but it’s still not included in Chrome. It is currently only available in the latest Canary update; it will therefore take a few weeks or even a few months to be available to all users. In any case, it is interesting to see that Google is finally improving the downloads part of its browser, which remains archaic compared to the rest.

Chrome therefore continues to improve over time. Google brings new features with small touches, such as blocking intrusive notifications; Automatically change hacked passwords or even better prevent fraudulent sites. Work that is bearing fruit since Chrome is now the most widely used internet browser on the planet with a 64% market share. The second, Safari, peaks at 19% while Edge, Microsoft’s browser running under the Chromium engine, struggles to exceed 4%.


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