You can now activate Windows 11-style menus in Chrome 96

With Chrome 96, you can finally enable redesigned Windows 11 menus in Google Chrome stable. This week, Google released Chrome 96 with minor changes and improvements. The update also comes with one new experimental flag that lets users enable slightly redesigned menus in the browser.

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For now, "redesigned menus" in Google Chrome is a slight exaggeration. All the new design offers is a small tweak for drop-down shadow, plus rounded corners. That is all.

Default menus:

Default menus

New "Windows 11-like" menus:

Windows 11-like Menus in Chrome 96

Considering the new design is not publicly available—it is an experimental feature after all—you can safely assume Google might add more design improvements in future updates. In Microsoft Edge, for example, Windows 11-styled redesign includes better fonts and various transparent elements. Google Chrome, on the other hand, remains somewhat bland and, honestly, boring.

To enable the new menus, update Google Chrome to the latest stable version. For that, open chrome://help and make sure you have the newest release installed. Chrome downloads and installs updates automatically; you need to ensure it says "Chrome is up to date."

Windows 11-style menus in Chrome 96

  1. Now open a new tab and go to chrome://flags.
  2. In the search field on the Flags page, enter "Windows 11." Chrome will show you the "Windows 11 Style Menus" flag.
  3. Alternatively, you can copy and paste into Omnibar the following address: chrome://flags/#win11-style-menus.Chrome Stable Win11 Menus 03
  4. Select Enabled from a drop-down list next to the flag.
  5. Click the Restart button.

That is how you enable Windows 11-styled context menus in Google Chrome. To restore default settings, repeat the steps above and select Default from the drop-down list.

Learn more about Chrome 96 and all the changes the update has brought in our dedicated article.

In case you missed it, Google recently announced its plans to support Chrome on Windows 7 for one more year. The company will stop supporting Windows 7 on January 15, 2023. On the same day, Microsoft will end the extended security updates program for business customers.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

One thought on “You can now activate Windows 11-style menus in Chrome 96”

  1. “Google Chrome, on the other hand, remains somewhat bland and, honestly, boring.”

    Ha! This is called “productive environment”, and the things that mainstream browsers are now pushing to everyone—unnecessary context menu entries, various buttons like “share”, “QR code”, “Read aloud”, “Take a screenshot”—are called “software bloat”. Mix that up with nonsensical new design requirements, and here’s a “not boring” browser full of bells and whistles, but its core functions are only transparency with rounded corners and downloading Chromium or Firefox!

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