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Google Chrome gets Windows 11’s new design – how to enable it



Google’s Chrome 115 has a new feature that allows users to use Windows Mica material, a design element that enhances user personalization. To access this function, users are required to go to the Chrome flags menu and activate it manually.

Mica is a distinctive design feature that doesn’t just stay opaque but fuses with the user’s desktop theme and wallpaper.

Chrome’s Mica effect

As users navigate windows across the screen, Mica adjusts in real-time, creating a visually appealing effect by utilizing the wallpaper underneath. Plus, it seamlessly shifts to a neutral hue when the app goes inactive to aid user concentration.

How to enable Mica in Chrome

Windows 11 version 22H2 users can access Mica in version 115 of the browser by following these steps:

Update Chrome to 115.

Search for “Windows 11 Mica” in Chrome://flags.

Enable the flag.

Relaunch the browser.

For users who prefer using high-contrast modes, Mica doesn’t interfere. These users will still view their chosen background color.

Also, in certain scenarios, Mica will revert to a solid fallback color. These include situations like:

When users disable transparency via Settings > Personalization > Color
When Battery Saver mode is turned on
When the app operates on hardware with lower specifications
When a desktop app window becomes inactive
When the Windows app is used on Xbox or HoloLens
When the operating Windows version is less than 22000

With this update, Google Chrome continues improving user interaction, making it functionally and aesthetically more engaging.

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