Today, many programs, as well as elements of operating systems, support a dark theme. In one of the most popular browsers - Google Chrome, there is also such an opportunity, although with some caveats.
This guide details how to enable a dark theme in Google Chrome in two currently possible ways. In the future, probably, a simple option in the parameters will appear for this, but so far it is missing. See also: Dark mode in Google Chrome on Android , How to enable dark theme in Microsoft Word and Excel .
Dark Chrome theme in Windows 10
Starting with the recently released Chrome browser version 74 (you can check the version in the settings menu, the Help item is about Google Chrome browser), the dark theme is turned on automatically if the application’s dark mode is turned on by default in the Windows 10 personalization settings. To set the dark mode in Windows 10, go to Settings - Personalization, select “Colors” on the left and select “Dark” in the “Default Application Mode” section.
After restarting the browser, it will appear with a dark theme.
The methods described below continue to work properly and may come in handy if you need to use the dark mode in Chrome, but in Windows 10 you want to leave a light theme, or in a situation when you use one of the previous versions of the OS. If you want to use the dark mode in Windows 10, but you want Chrome to remain light, more about that here: How to enable the light Google Chrome theme in the dark mode of Windows 10 .
Turn on Chrome's built-in dark theme using startup options
According to available information, now Google is working on a built-in dark theme for the design of its browser and soon it can be turned on in the browser settings.
While there is no such option in the parameters, but now, in the final release of Google Chrome version 72 and newer (previously it was available only in the preliminary version of Chrome Canary), you can enable dark mode using the launch options:
- Go to the properties of the Google Chrome browser shortcut by right-clicking on it and selecting "Properties". If the shortcut is on the taskbar, then its actual location with the ability to change properties is C: \ Users \ Username \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Quick Launch \ User Pinned \ TaskBar.
- In the properties of the shortcut in the "Object" field, after specifying the path to chrome.exe, put a space and add parameters
-force-dark-mode -enable-features = WebUIDarkMode apply the settings.
- Launch Chrome from this shortcut, it will be launched with a dark theme.
I note that at the moment this is a preliminary implementation of the built-in dark theme. For example, in the final version of Chrome 72, the menu continues to appear in “light” mode, and in Chrome Canary you can see that the menu has acquired a dark theme.
Probably in the next version of Google Chrome, the built-in dark theme will be brought to mind.
Using an installable dark skin for Chrome
A few years ago, many users actively used Chrome themes from the store. Recently, they seemed to have been forgotten about them, but the support for the themes has not disappeared; moreover, Google recently published a new set of “official” themes, including the black theme Just Black.
Just Black is not the only dark theme, there are others from third-party developers that are easy to find by request of "Dark" in the "Themes" section. Google Chrome themes can be downloaded from the store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/themes
When using installed themes, the appearance of only the main browser window and some “embedded pages” changes. Some other elements, such as menus and settings, remain unchanged - bright.
That's all, I hope, for some of the readers the information was useful. By the way, did you know that Chrome has a built-in utility for searching and removing malware and extensions ?