Google Chrome’s dark mode also works on Windows 7

Chrome 74

Chrome is finally getting native dark mode support on Windows
10, but the feature isn’t coming to Windows 7 via the update as
the operating system does not have built-in dark theme
settings. For those of you who can’t wait for the feature to
become available on Windows 7, there’s a useful workaround
that will just do the trick.

If you use Windows 7 and Google Chrome, you can force dark mode
on Chrome 74 by following a simple trick that also brings the
dark mode to Windows 10.

To force dark mode on Google Chrome version 74 for Windows 7,
you’ll to follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Update Chrome to version 74.
  2. Pin app’s shortcut to the desktop.
  3. Right-click on the app shortcut.
  4. Open the properties
  5. Then add the following parameter at the end of the Target

In case the above command line isn’t working, you can also try
the following code:

--enable-features=WebUIDarkMode --force-dark-mode

Chrome dark mode in Windows 7

Once you follow these steps, Google Chrome will have a dark
theme appearance the next time you open it. Dark themed Google
Chrome on Windows 7 looks quite similar to Chrome for Windows
10 and there are no glitches.

Chrome 74 for Windows 7

Unfortunately, Google Chrome does not have a built-in option to
enable or disable dark mode. As a result, if you wish to
return back to the original look, you have to remove the
parameter and restart the web browser.

Thanks, PP for the tip!

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