Microsoft, Google to bring complete dark UI to Chrome on Windows 10

Windows 10 and Chrome’s dark mode gives your eyes a welcome
break when you’re browsing the web at night. While Google
Chrome’s dark mode works fine and it also respects Windows 10’s
theme preference, it only changes the colour of the top-level
UIs of the browser.

Google is working on a new update for Chrome on Windows 10 and
macOS that will add the dark theme to almost every corner.

The update will apply a dark theme to more elements including
the scrollbars.

Previously scrollbars always appeared light, even if a WebUI
page was otherwise respecting dark mode. The upcoming
“FormControlsDarkMode” feature allows webpages to specify
whether scrollbars should follow the system’s theme.

In a new commit,
Google said that it’s now updating WebUIs with complete support
for dark mode. The feature is already live in Chrome Canary and
you can test it by adding the following code to the command
line:

  • –enable-features=WebUIDarkMode,CSSColorSchemeUARendering
  • –force-dark-mode

Google is also updating all internal pages of the browser with
support for dark mode on the scrollbar. This includes settings,
bookmarks, a history page, new tab page, and PDF printing
screen.

Chrome dark mode

Unfortunately, YouTube still won’t get a dark scrollbar, but
Chrome engineers are already in touch with the YouTube team to
fix the dark mode on Windows 10.

As we mentioned at the outset, Microsoft is also helping Google
with dark mode improvements for Chrome. For instance, the
company fixed an
issue where the scrollbars on the page maintain their old
colour scheme even when Windows 10’s theme preference is
changed.

The new design should go live with Chrome 88 next year and it
might go through a few changes before it’s added to the stable
version.

Google also appears to be working on another update that will
apply a dark theme to search results when the browser is in
dark mode.

In addition,
Google Chrome is expected to receive new scrolling
improvements next year as part of a new project developed
by Microsoft.

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