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Chrome "dark mode" for Windows 10 confirmed

04 January, 2019, 21:57 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • How to enable and test the new Google Chrome dark mode on Windows 10

There was nothing said about Windows back then, but now we're hearing that Windows users won't be left out in the cold and even better, they can give Chrome's dark mode a try right now.

It took Google a bit longer to integrate dark mode functionality in Chrome for the Windows operating system.

After installing Google Chrome Canary, you need to create a shortcut or use the one that's placed in the Start menu in Windows 10.

This follows Google announcing plans to bring a dark mode to Chrome for Apple Mac and the macOS Mojave operating system. The news annoyed many users over this preferential treatment. File Explorer, and some third-party applications such as Mozilla Firefox will abide by it.

As noted by TechDows.com, Kasting had submitted a bug report in May a year ago referring to the absence of a dark mode on Google Chrome.

Type "Chrome://flags" in the address bar.

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The interface looks like this when done. The same is true for the right-click context menu. This is notably not the first time when Google has favoured a dark mode on its development. Once this is displayed you have a scrollable version of Chrome open, which will allow (without direct URL input) navigation away to other sites if the links are there on the Wikipedia page to begin with. The company already added a dark mode to its various offerings, including Android and YouTube.

At this early stage, there is no settings panel option to change Chrome from a light to a dark skin.

Once you launch Canary using the newly edited shortcut, it should be all, well, dark.

There will be no background application running as it will be configuring the Task Scheduler to toggle between the dark and the light themes automatically. Development of the Windows theme was at least, for a time, hindered by one of the developers not having a Windows laptop to use.

The main issue with implementing the dark mode so far has been Chrome's 'Incognito mode.' Incognito traditionally has a dark appearance, so the Chrome team needs to find a way to differentiate browsing in dark mode from browsing in incognito.



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