How to enable or disable Google Chrome Material Design on Windows PC

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  1. George Norman

    Surely you mean Chrome 53 for Windows, not 52.

  2. DjBenny

    Thank You Very Much For This … God Bless You Vamien McKalin 😉

  3. Mee

    I don’t actually mind material design, but the Dark Incognito theme looks HORRIBLE. I do all my browsing incognito so that was a dealbreaker for me.

  4. TVippy

    This “material design” sucks, all the changes are for the worst. The worst of all – everything just got SMALLER, harder to see!

  5. Griddle Jim

    THANK YOU!!!

    The dark incognito theme is a UI disaster. You can’t tell the tabs apart!

    I actually went back to using Firefox it’s so bad.

  6. ClaudioEtto

    THANK YOU from Italy!!

  7. Ken

    Sorry people as of Nov. 17th, this option has now been removed from Chrome (chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md ). They are now forcing their new visual changes permanently.

  8. Tristan, The God Of All Time

    PLEASE NOTE: This fix no longer works as of the update implementing Chrome 55.

  9. exkeks

    This will make me switch to Edge… Material Design is straight ugly.

  10. EllsworthT

    My eyesight isn’t what it used to be. Sadly, the tiny, dark Incognito mode is unusable. Chrome was good while it lasted; it’s jumped the shark.

  11. Jeanne Pelletier

    Are you from San Diego?

  12. Joseph Dickson

    I’m flippin’ annoyed! >:( I hate the awful shape, design, everything about it! I want to go back! :'( I’m actually feeling sad now.

  13. MarkTrak

    Cannot be done anymore. Removed feature. Please update article!!

  14. Matt Sr

    I was able to do this, but it was slightly different than the above instructions:
    1. chrome://flags/
    2. Material Design (without quotes) in the search box
    3. UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome (1st hit): Normal
    4. Relaunch

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