The material look or material interface became popular somewhere around when Android Lollipop was first released. The material interface sports a basic, flat and minimal look that appears to be sleek and efficient at the same time. In fact, it is not very much different from the Modern look of Windows 8 and later versions of the Microsoft’s flagship operating system. If you are a user of Google Chrome browser and want to see some material look in the top layer of Chrome, then you can do so through an experimental feature in the web browser. Since it is an experimental feature, it may disappear from the future versions of the Chrome browser. But it is known to work with the version 45 for the Chrome web browser.
Here is how you can enable the material design in Google Chrome web browser (instructions are for Windows version of Chrome as well as for the Linux and Mac versions):
- Open Google Chrome web browser in your PC.
- Type chrome:\\flags in the address bar of the Chrome browser and press Enter.
- Scroll down and locate a setting labeled Material design in the browser’s top Chrome. Change the value of this setting to either Material or Material Hybrid.
- Click on the Relaunch Now button to restart Chrome browser with the new settings.
- You would not see a complete change in the Chrome looks, but only some minimal changes that can only be noticed by acute and patient observation. There is some slight change in the icons, their spacing and also the fonts used in the address bar – but apart from this, there seems to be no difference.
Summary: Google Chrome is a fast and secure web browser for PC users and now you can make it to have a slight material look. You can have the full material look or the hybrid material look, but both offer subtle differences in the design change.