Google Chrome 26: Menu Gets bigger and background Color Changes to White

by Venkat eswarlu on January 23, 2013

in Google Chrome,News

Update: Here is how to Disable new context menus in Chrome 26

Latest Google Chrome 26 dev. channel sports new UI style for Chrome menu with white background color and it has also grown bigger in size and context menu gets coat of white paint too. Get ready for two significant(?) UI changes in upcoming 26 version of Chrome – Chrome menu which appears drop down when you click on three horizontal lines icon now got even bigger when compared to current one in stable and beta versions.

And background color has been changed to white from gray, same applies to context menu in respect to color which appears when you right click in Chrome. You can see the difference between the two from the screenshots below.

Majority of users see changes to UI elements in Chrome when stable version releases but some  know these changes in dev. and Canary builds of Chrome, a small change to remove wrench icon got so much attention from stable version users-some thought their Chrome infected with virus.

Chrome menu UI changes thumb Google Chrome 26: Menu Gets bigger and background Color Changes to WhiteChromes old and new context menus compared thumb Google Chrome 26: Menu Gets bigger and background Color Changes to White

We don’t think these changes are experimental and these are here to stay IMO and available to all users on Chrome 26 when it officially releases. You can spot these UI changes in dev. channel of Chrome (version number 26).

We don’t like the white background for Chrome menu and context menu as it looks more ugly on Google sites like YouTube and Gmail which already shows more white space.

What do you think of these UI changes?


{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jordan February 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

Ugh, hate the new menus. Honestly I am thinking about switching back to Firefox, Chrome seems to have more annoyances lately than it’s worth.


Michael February 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

as Jordan said, i really dont like it, and if this is here to stay with no chance of changing it in settings or something similair im also gona look for another browser, i find it really annoying the big spaces betwen menus and when i got folders in my bookmarks they also get bigger.


Nick February 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I knew something was wrong with my menu and bookmark bar, it looks terrible, reminds me of early Internet Explorer menus.


Mark February 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

The white background is fine. The increased height of the menu items…not so much, unless you’re on a capacitive touch device. I’m not so this feels like a lowest common denominator sort of design decision.


Ed March 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I actually quite liked the new design. Until it changed back for some reason today :(


THK April 5, 2013 at 4:10 am

I updated to Chrome 26 few days ago, but didn’t have the new menus style until today. Weird. Don’t like them very much, since I work on a 17” CRT.


D April 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Same here! All of a sudden my context-menus have changed. I don’t like this one bit, but I’m not going to disable them manually until the next update being applied and so on and so forth.

Too bad. This is quite ugly and not aesthetic.


Paul April 5, 2013 at 4:53 am

I dislike the white UI. I hope they include an option to turn it off.

Right now I’ve simply added “–disable-new-menu-style” in the target field of my Chrome icon, a tip from ghacks. The article which details how to do it is called “How to disable Google Chrome’s white context menu”.


Venkat eswarlu April 5, 2013 at 10:01 am

Ya I know that command line switch but how many people interested to add it manually is the question.


jamesprite April 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm

The white background is fud design.Fk it.It blind my eyes.


hikkio April 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

:((, i hate that change. How to unchange it?


Venkat eswarlu April 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

Please look at the update link.


Alexandru April 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Today was changed menu to Chrome 26.0.1410.43 Yesterday I was normal menu.


Richard Tocci April 6, 2013 at 7:53 am

I thought I hit a wrong menu to change them. My OTHER laptop with the same version of Chrome does not sport the new right click menus. So long as I know I didn’t do anything stupid, I’ll get used to it…


Venkat eswarlu April 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

@ Richard
Its good to adopt to them, but if you want old menus back we’ve updated the article with the link on how to disable them please have a look at it, hope you find it helpful


john April 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

yuck! too big, too bright


alex April 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I thought the right-click context menu style is the operating system’s privilege.


Brixter April 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I like the menu, it really fits the Google standard GUI.


Venkat eswarlu April 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

so you like the new menus, so there is problem the thanks for sharing your opinion Brixter.


gruff April 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

The new menus suck. They make my bookmark list twice as long for no reason at all. Thanks G**gle.


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