The Chrome Refresh 2023 (CR23) update is expected to update the browser from Google with a new look, and in this guide, you will learn the steps to enable some of the upcoming visual changes in the latest Canary version of Chrome.
Google Chrome has been the same simple (but powerful) browser for a long time, but it appears that Google is working to introduce some visual changes with the CR23 update. The new interface still retains the similarity of the classic design as you see today on Windows 11, 10, macOS, and Linux, but the company is bringing some of the Material You design language already found on ChromeOS and Android.
In the early preview of this interface refresh, you can find the toolbar with larger buttons and rounded corners at the top, and many of the dialogs have been updated with rounded corners. The buttons in the address bar (such as the one for share and site information) have also been updated with a new design. Furthermore, the main menu is also getting a refresh with the addition of new icons to represent each of the available options.
The company is also working on a feature that automatically picks a color scheme for the browser from the current wallpaper image, similar to the feature found on Android, but you have to enable the feature manually.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to enable the new visual updates for Google Chrome.
Enable new UI Refresh 2023 on Chrome
To enable the new interface changes on Google Chrome, use these steps:
Open Google Chrome (114 or higher).
Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter to open the “flags” experimental settings to enable the “Chrome Refresh 2023” setting:
Use the “Chrome Refresh 2023” setting on the right and select the Enabled option.
Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter to open the “Omnibox Expanded State Height” setting:
Use the “Omnibox Expanded State Height” setting on the right and select the Enabled option.
Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter to open the “Omnibox Expanded State Shape” setting:
Use the “Omnibox Expanded State Shape” setting on the right and select the Enabled option.
Click the Relaunch button.
Once you complete the steps, the Google Chrome browser will enable the new visual elements expected to roll out in 2023.