Google Chrome’s fresh new look, here’s how to get it. (3 min read)

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Hey, and welcome (back, if you’re revisiting us!) to Hacking World, where we find out ways to Work Smarter, not Harder.

A lot of people out there love to use the latest and the greatest devices, be it laptops or mobile phones with fully updated software and all the bling. In this post here we’ll look into one of the most used software irrespective of any operating system on a desktop or a laptop, Google Chrome! As a lot of people know that with the release of Android Pie 9.0 this year, Google is bringing a whole new and fresh look and feel to all it’s devices and services. We saw Gmail (Gmail Blog post) getting all new and fancy, so there’s bound to be an update for the mighty Google Chrome as well.

For all the impatient techies like us here at Hacking World, here’s what you gotta do to get the latest Chrome material and minimalist look. Let’s get right into it. (For this you need no programming skills, and there is nothing to be downloaded from any fishy places.)

1. Make sure you have the updated Chrome installed (Version 68 Official Build).

For that you need to open Chrome and click “More” on the top right corner of your browser window. The first item in the list would be to update Chrome. (This option only appears only when there’s a new version available)

Your chrome is already in the latest version and you can get to the next step, if there is no option to be found.

About Google Chrome in Help Menu
About Google Chrome in Help Menu

To check your current version, you can go to the “Help  icon-arrow-circle-o-right  About Google Chrome” option in the “More” menu. (or you can click right here chrome://settings/help)

Google Chrome Version 68
Google Chrome Version 68

2. Now we have to toggle some of the Chrome flags.

You can copy-paste the following link into the browser or you can just click it to open it in a new tab  chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md  select the “Refresh” option from the drop-down, to get the refreshed browser experience.

Chrome Flag Page
Chrome Flag Page
Refresh layout
Refresh layout

3. Click on the “Relaunch Now” at the bottom of your screen to relaunch the browser with updated settings.

Relaunch Now
Relaunch Now

4. Voila! You have successfully updated your Chrome to the new and fresh look and an updated address bar.

Front Page
Front Page
New address bar
New address bar

Enjoy!

PS : Sometimes the browser will change to a yellowish tinge. This seems to be a new blue-light filter to be integrated in chrome in the future builds. To remove that go to chrome://flags/#force-color-profile and set it to sRGB. Relaunch the browser and the yellow will go away.

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