Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How to Revert to Chrome Old Compact Menus

Google keeps wasting more and more space. In Gmail and Reader they at least reconsidered and added a "compact view" mode; but now it's white spacious new trends had made its way to Chrome's menus. Although it's something most people won't even notice or care, it is sure to annoy all those that had their favorites folders precisely organized in order to fit the screen perfectly, which will now no longer be the case.

However, there's still a chance to revert to the previous old-style compact menus (at least for now):

You just need to right click your Chrome icon, head to properties, and then edit the "target" to be like this:

  •  "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-new-menu-style

When you relaunch your Chrome (using the icon), you'll have the old menus.
Keep in mind that if it restarts automatically, or is launched by clicking a link in something like a PDF file, you'll get the new menus. For this trick to work you have to manually launch it through the specific icon you changed.

Maybe Google will soon add a more accessible way to compact the menu options - as I can only imagine this sort of tweak would only make sense for people using the desktop Chrome in touchscreens... which is still a small percentage of cases.

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