I saw this on reddit: if you have the latest version of Chrome (51+), you can go to chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md and set it to Material. If you want transparency like Safari, set it to Material Hybrid.
Now if we could only get rid of this damn thing.
Set your name to an emoji. It will make it all better.
Copypasta from this site: http://getemoji.com/
Ugh. You're right. Forgot about that one.
The black 1px separator line between top and content is very distracting.
When you select "Material-Hybrid" That line is grey
For full material, there's also
chrome://flags/#enable-md-history, chrome://flags/#enable-md-extensions, and others for various other parts of the UI
On Canary you can just check the checkbox below the #top-chrome-md flag.
Chrome in incognito mode:
The tab font gets much bigger and now less text fits in there. Ugh.
Height of the toolbar actually increases 2px with material design.
Adding 2px is essentially pushing me away from Chrome, since I use safari for its shorter bar.
What exactly does this change? I did it, and don't notice a difference, really at all
Icons are thinner, tabs have sharper corners/are longer, and the background behind the tabs is now transparent. Here's a screenshot:
Make sure you are using Chrome version 51+. I had the same issue and went to check which version I was running and I was on version 50 with the option to update (normally it prompts me to update in the chrome popout menu).
This was my problem! thanks!
There's also behind-the-scenes improvements on how all the graphic elements are done. In the Material Design version, everything is rendered programmatically, so no more image assets for icons and stuff. That also means better rendering on all kinds of screens.
More info on Sebastien Gabriel's portfolio.
Incognito mode isn't all black for me, what are you guys seeing?
Make sure chrome is up to date, I had the same problem until i updated
And you can no longer press Backspace to navigate back after years of muscle memory built on its convenience. Now you must press Cmd+Left Arrow (or worse, Alt+Left Arrow on Windows).
For those using a couch keyboard on a TV that doesn't have a proper "Back" button or trackpad gestures, this change was a huge mistake. :(
Delete works for me to move back.
Easily the best part of the update, hats off to the Chrome team for ignoring the whiners and finally correcting this UX disaster that Internet Explorer thrust upon the world and people were too Stockholm Syndrome'd to see how godawful it was.
I agree in part—pressing backspace only to have your form data lost is immensely frustrating. But many users have relied on this shortcut to navigate for a long while now. The least they could have done is offered a preference, or release an extension that enables this functionality.
A more frustrating experience (for all of us "whiners") is to have functionality we use 100's of times per day suddenly stripped away without explanation or a comparable alternative. Pressing two keys to go back is cumbersome, and the shortcut they've offered requires me to look at my keyboard and carefully press the combo. :/
Yep, I'm thinking it won't work for some. Mine had no change whatsoever after enabling the flag.
Edit: Just update Chrome and the flag will work!
Tabs no longer have rounded corners
You don't actually need 51 for this (currently have 50 and it's available)
I had the option on 50 but it didn't do anything until I updated to 51.
And worst of the worst, backspace doesnt work anymore for "previous page" but chrome enforce the use of cmd+leftarrow
FYI: this is not OSX specific and works just fine on Windows as well.