How can I see my downloads in my Chrome browser’s main window?

Don Blevens September 10, 2012

I am using Chrome 21 and would like to have a way to watch my downloads from whatever tab I am on. Either at the bottom (Chrome used to do this) or side or the likes. I don’t want to have to keep a separate ‘Downloads’ tab open to monitor the downloads. I have been looking in the Chrome store for an app/extension for this but haven’t run across one yet. Is it possible to do this?

  1. Joel Jacob
    December 8, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Press Ctrl+J

  2. Alexis Akridge
    September 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    try "Ctrl +J"

  3. susendeep dutta
    September 11, 2012 at 7:28 am
  4. Don Blevens
    September 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the info. I just installed a Download Extension button while I try to figure out why Chrome no longer shows the downloads at the bottom. If it still works for others there must be something in my setup that was changed.

    • Patrick Jackson
      September 14, 2012 at 7:05 am

      This is for you @Don and @GrrGrr, it is a lot better if you want such thing, instead of installing any other extension, go for Free Download Manager (, it supports Chrome and is completely free and open-source. It can accelerate your speeds as well and you can see all the information related to speed, etc.

      Hope this would help!

  5. Blader Peh
    September 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Yes it is. Go the the wrentch button and select downloads. there you are! :)

  6. yuvsch
    September 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I don't believe there's a solution to what you want.
    What you can do is to install an extension that add a button to quickly open the downloads window. something like this -

  7. Patrick Jackson
    September 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Whenever one start any download in Chrome, a small bar is shown below regarding what's downloading and can be seen from any tab, if I'm not wrong.

    Also, we can really can't pause and resume any downloads in Chrome, or even Firefox!

    I hope this may help!

    • GrrGrrr
      September 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      but the bar will not show speed, % downloaded etc.

      honestly I would go for Ctrl+J, instead of hogging memory with another add-on.

  8. Min Shum
    September 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I am also using the latest version of Google Chrome (v21) and it shows the downloads as it used to - at the bottom of the Chrome window in a new tool bar - happens once you start a download.

    however, if you click on the Clear button at the far-right of the download toolbar, the toolbar will disappear untill the next time you download something.

  9. Jackerry
    September 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Why not press "Ctrl" + "J"? so easy!

  10. Jackerry
    September 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Press "Ctrl" + "J"

  11. Usman Mubashir
    September 10, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I can't believe it is not already here. The fastest method is Ctrl=J

    • Riya Banerjee
      September 10, 2012 at 7:56 am


    • Nicky Angel
      September 10, 2012 at 8:02 am

      its Ctrl +J

  12. Vipul Jain
    September 10, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Until you manually close the bottom bar, any downloads in progress will be shown below. If you cannot see that, install Ccleaner and run it with all options for Chrome ticked (except saved passwords).
    Then try downloading, it should appear!

  13. Rajaa Chowdhury
    September 10, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I am using Chrome 21 and it still shows the downloads at the bottom, so am a bit surprised hearing and it is not showing for you. Did you, by ny chance, change any settings in Chrome.

  14. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    September 10, 2012 at 4:25 am

    You can see your download by clicking the spanner at the top right side then choose downloads.

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