Google Chrome to Support Windows 10's Dark Mode Setting

Isaac Cain
January 4, 2019

Append -force-dark-mode at the end of the Target field, like in the image below.

Update 01/02/2019: You can now enable the dark mode yourself if you want to try it on Windows. The company has been planning to add a dark mode for Chrome on Windows 10 for a few months, and first signs of the new dark theme have appeared on the latest versions of Chrome Canary.

Given that Windows 10 has been capable of supporting Dark Modes for quite a while now, the lack of progress on bringing it to Windows could have been seen as a worrying sign that there was nothing in the offing, however, one of the Chromium team, Senior Engineer Peter Kasting, responding to a question on Reddit has confirmed that the team are very much working on it.

The overwhelming demand for dark modes in apps is beginning to see serious results now, to the point where 2019 could be the year we see system-wide dark modes across all the major platforms. Hopefully, we'll get a dark mode for Chrome on mobile soon as well.

"Chrome should respect this", wrote Kasting. Once this is displayed you have a scrollable version of Chrome open, which will allow (without direct URL input) navigation away to other sites if the links are there on the Wikipedia page to begin with. It's great news for people who like the dark theme.

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Right-click on the shortcut icon and select Properties.

Note that this feature is now still in development, and as such, it's going to be a while before we get any news about a usable dark mode for Google Chrome.

Chrome technically already has a dark mode within the incognito mode, though you can't enable the same dark mode for the regular browser. Also, do note that flags are just experimental features so we don't know if they will be added in the official version of Google Chrome. Similarly, Mozilla implemented the dark theme to Firefox and the support for the dark theme came into the latest release of macOS.

Download Chrome Canary for your Windows machine. Development of the Windows theme was at least, for a time, hindered by one of the developers not having a Windows laptop to use.

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