Google Chrome interface hasn’t changed much over the years. It comes with options to customize new tab and change appearance with themes available built-in and on Chrome Web Store. Chrome itself supports Windows accent color for the title bar, Google is now working to use it for its browser UI across various parts on Windows.
Recently, Google has updated the Chrome User interface to match Windows 11 look for menus to appear rounded The design update is now available out of the box without users needing any flags in chrome 96 stable.
After that, the Chromium team is now gearing up to ensure Chrome widely uses Windows Accent color apart from title bar and borders.
“We should try to see if OS accent colors on Windows would spark joy”, the Chrome developer writes on the feature bug page.
Enable Windows Accent Color for Chrome UI
1. Launch Chrome browser
2. Visit chrome://flags
3. Search for “accent” and in the dropdown for “Pervasive system accent color“, select “Enabled” and restart the browser.
What this is supposed to do is according to the feature in WIP is it adds Windows Accent color to text selection background, focus rings, and other UI elements of Chrome browser.
Chrome title bar and border already respect accent color when the respective setting is enabled in the Personalization settings of Windows.
Going forward, Chrome follows Windows system accent color throughout its browser UI for buttons, focused and other elements also.
For instance, In the first screenshot, you can notice, bookmark star icon and its dialog buttons and highlighted bookmark name using accent color set in Windows.
Otherwise, bookmark elements appear with blue color rather than color set in Windows by users.
This change is being tested in Chrome 98 Canary.
According to Chrome Platform status, Chrome 98 is expected to release on Feb 1, 2022.
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