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
    field:
--force-dark-mode

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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