Google Chrome to get new features including Downloads hub on Windows

New Google Chrome features

By default, Google Chrome status or download messages appear in the Downloads shelf at the bottom of the screen. On the other hand, Microsoft Edge downloads appear in the toolbar when you are downloading something, and it is also possible to pin the Downloads button or hub to the Microsoft Edge toolbar.

Google could be working on a similar feature for Chrome, according to a new post on Chromium. It seems that Google wants to move away from the lower toolbar version of the download feature and add the download button or toolbar shortcut, similar to how Edge handles downloads.

According to a post on Chromium, Google is testing support for a new download icon in the toolbar. Google says this change is part of the download UX redesign for Chrome and plans to use the download bubble instead of the download shelf in a future version of the browser expected in early 2022.

Microsoft Edge Download Center
Microsoft Edge Download Center

If a download icon is added to the toolbar, it will remain visible when downloads are in progress or if a download has started within the last 24 hours. The Download Center may also remain linked to the browser toolbar, depending on code changes made in Chromium.

As mentioned above, the new Chrome Download UX will be similar to the Microsoft Edge Download Center.

Accent support

Chrome 96 was a great release, but there is more to come and Google has already started work on the next big update.

Chrome accent color support

According to Chromium posts, Google is bringing an updated layout for Windows 11 devices with support for rounded corners.

The new rounded corners update for the built-in browser menu will be enabled by default in a future release.

Additionally, Google wants to update Chrome to match the aesthetics of Windows 11, including theme / accent colors. This would be a Windows specific change and will allow you to choose an accent color from Windows settings and apply it to the browser, including the bookmarks popup, buttons, etc.

New clipboard features

Google is also working with Microsoft on a new feature that will allow users to copy and paste a wide range of clipboard content between the browser and native applications on Windows 10/11.

This feature is expected to arrive in 2022 and is particularly useful if you frequently use web-based text or photo editors.

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