Enable Native Titlebar in Google Chrome in Windows 10

As of this writing, Google Chrome is the most popular web browser. It is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. By default, Chrome draws its own title bar, which is gray in color and doesn't suit the appearance of Windows 10. If you don't like this feature of the browser, you can turn it off. Here is how it can be done.

Google Chrome comes with a number of useful options which are experimental. They are not supposed to be used by regular users but enthusiasts and testers can easily turn them on. These experimental features can significantly improve the user experience of the Chrome browser by enabling additional functionality.

Tip: You can enable or disable native Google Chrome notifications in Windows 10.

There is a special flag which you need to enable to get rid of the gray title bar in Google Chrome.  Let's see how to active the native look of the title bar in this browser.

To enable the native titlebar in Google Chrome, do the following.

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following text in the address bar:
    chrome://flags/#windows10-custom-titlebar

    This will open the flags page directly with the relevant setting called 'Custom-drawn Windows 10 Titlebar'.Windows 10 Google Chrome Titlebar Flag

  2. The Custom-drawn Windows 10 Titlebar flag is enabled out of the box. Select the option Disabled from the drop-down list next to the feature description.Windows 10 Google Chrome Enable Native Titlebar
  3. Restart Google Chrome by closing it manually or you can also use the Relaunch button which will appear at the very bottom of the page.Google Chrome Relaunch Button

When flag is enabled, Chrome will draw the titlebar and caption buttons instead of deferring them to Windows.  Here is the default titlebar in Google Chrome running on Windows 10:

Windows 10 Google Chrome Default Titlebar

This is the change in action:

Windows 10 Google Chrome Native Titlebar

Please keep in mind that the solution described in this article is temporary. The appropriate flag can be removed at any moment in upcoming versions of the Google Chrome browser.

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