Chrome 96 arrived a few days ago and came with interesting news, especially for those who use this browser on their computer. One of them is a flag, still experimental, that makes Google’s browser look like a native Windows 11 application. The new generation of Windows is mainly focused on round corners, small design changes, and a transparency effect called Mica. We will explain how you can enable Windows 11 mode in Chrome 96.
Chrome 96: Now you can activate Windows 11 mode! see how
Once we enable this flag in Windows 11 we have rounded corners for the main menu, a context menu for the web page, and a menu for the tab bar. All of this is present in Chrome 96. One thing is for sure, it’s a much more native app.
This visual aspect is available for both Windows 10 and Windows 11. However, it has to be activated manually. For that, you have to open Chrome://flags. Then look for Windows 11. Then activate the experimental flag. Then relaunch the browser.
As you can see from the screenshots shared by the Windows Latest website, there are many design elements already built-in. However, it will be even more in the coming weeks and releases. There is not yet a date for these modifications to be available to the general public.
However, in addition to the novelty, I mentioned above about Chrome 96, others are not directly related to Windows 11.
cache on the back and forward
The first big change for the desktop concerns the way Chrome handles the back or forward buttons. Sometimes they may not work very quickly when dealing with very heavy sites. Chrome 96 uses a new cache that automatically stores the pages we browsed on the computer. On the one hand, it can use more RAM. However, on the other hand, it makes everything faster. If this is new for PCs, it’s not for mobile devices. In the case of these, it has been present since Chrome 86.
Progressive App Improvements
Progressive web-based apps are increasingly similar to standalone apps. However, some things are still not perfect. Anyway, Chrome is improving this and making it easier, not only for the use but the operation itself.
Dark mode option per site
As detected by Redditor Leopeva64-2, Google has added a feature to Google’s stable version that allows you to set the dark mode per site, rather than being a global decision.