Google has added a few experimental new features to the popular Windows browser with the latest release. Chrome 96 now includes a Windows 11 mode, which allows you to use a Windows 11-style menu when available. Here’s how to use experimental Mode on Google Chrome in Windows 11 to make the browser look and feel like your desktop.
Activate Windows 11 experimental Mode on Google Chrome
Google Chrome versions 96 and up support the Windows 11 Style Menus feature. To check your Chrome version, go to Help > About Google Chrome from the Menu (three dots) in the top right corner.
If new updates are available, Chrome will check and install them automatically. To enable experimental Windows 11 mode in Chrome after installing the update, follow these steps.
- Launch Chrome and type chrome:/flags into the address bar. The page Experiments will appear.
- Type Windows 11 into the search box.
- From the search results, select Windows 11 Style Menus from the drop-down menu and select Enabled.
- To restart the browser, click the Relaunch button.
On Windows 10, you can also try out the new feature. Select Enabled – All Windows Versions for Windows 11 Style Menus on the Experiments page.
Chrome’s designs are currently very subtle, and you might not notice much of a difference other than the rounded corners for context menus, pop-up screens, and so on.
Microsoft has updated Edge, which is also based on Chromium, to use Fluent Design elements, including transparency effects. Context menus, pop-up screens, and the Settings menu have all received new visual updates as the default.
This feature, however, is still in development, and we will most likely see new changes in future updates.
More Features in Chrome 96
Aside from experimental design changes, the Chrome 96 update adds backward-forward cache support for better navigation across web pages, PWA improvements, full-page dark theme mode, and the ability to set Custom zoom levels for different websites.