Last updated: October 16, 2017
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In Chrome 53, Google enabled Material Design by default for the desktop version of Chrome on Windows. Material design brings a flatter design to the browser’s top chrome (aka the address and bookmark bar). The differences between Material and Non-material design in the top chrome may seem subtle. When placed side by side, they become more distinct.
The example above demonstrates the mouse-over of the Reload button. With Material Design enabled, the button shows a flat, gray box on mouse-over. Non-material design uses a raised outline with a drop shadow. Also of note are the size and thickness of the Forward and Back arrows, and the font size and icon changes within the omnibox. Not pictured is the Menu button, which changes from flat vertical dots back to the raised hamburger when disabling Material Design.
So you prefer Chrome’s original design?
You can easily disable Material Design in Chrome if it’s not to your liking. The option to do so is under Flags. Before getting started, however, make sure your Google Chrome web browser is up to date. It is important to note that Flags features are essentially beta features. As with anything designated as “beta”, this feature may still be undergoing testing, may be unstable, and may not respond as expected. It could also just vanish at any time. Chrome makes this very clear with a warning atop the Flags page.
Type or copy/paste chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md into the Chrome omnibox, which is the web address input field. This feature displays highlighted in the page.
Use the pull-down menu to change Default to Non-material. For the change to take effect, click the blue RELAUNCH NOW button at the base of the page.
When Chrome relaunches, the Material Design features will no longer display. At any time, you can revert back to the default setting (Material Design enabled). Use the pull-down menu to change Non-material back to Default, then relaunch Chrome.
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