Microsoft Edge Chromium Solves Dark Theme Tooltips Issue

Edge Canary Icon 256

Microsoft is constantly working on improving the dark theme support in their newest Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. One of the issues with the dark theme is light tooltips that ignore the overall dark appearance. The company now offers a solution.

The native Windows tooltip doesn't support dark theme and it has some accessibility issues with the text scaling settings. By using the aura tooltips provided by the Chromium project, Microsoft can solve both of these problems together.

A new commit to the browser's code base reveals that there is also an increase to the maximum width of tooltips from 400px to 800px in order to better match the native tooltip and
avoid some of the early truncation issues.  On Windows transparency will not be allowed because it doesn't meet accessibility requirements. This change also adds a border when
transparency is not allowed.

Enable Dark Theme Tooltips In Microsoft Edge Chromium

  1. Update the Edge Canary to build
  2. Type edge://flags/#enable-aura-tooltips-on-windows into the address bar of Edge.
  3. Enable the flag Enable Aura tooltips on Windows by selecting Enabled from the drop down list next to the flag's name.
  4. Restart the Edge browser when prompted.

The result will be as follows.

Default tooltips.

New tooltips.

Microsoft Edge, the default web browser of Windows 10, is moving to a Chromium-compatible web engine in the Desktop version. Microsoft explains that the intention behind this move is to create better web compatibility for customers and less fragmentation for web developers. Microsoft has already made a number of contributions to the Chromium project, helping to port the project to Windows on ARM. The company promises to contribute more to the Chromium project.

At the moment of this writing, the latest Microsoft Edge Chromium versions are as follows.

I have covered many Edge tricks and features in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

Thanks to MDL.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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