Google Chrome gets rounded context menus to match Windows 11

by Claudiu Andone
Claudiu Andone
Claudiu Andone
Windows & Software Expert
Oldtimer in the tech and science press, Claudiu is focused on whatever comes new from Microsoft. His abrupt interest in computers started when he saw the first Home... read more
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  • Google Chrome will have rounded context menus to adapt to the new Windows 11 design.
  • The code is already written but it's still an ongoing project, so we don't know yet when it will be implemented.
  • Take a look at how the new menus could look and express your opinion.
Google Chrome will have curved edges

Windows 11 brought new menus and improvements but the biggest change by far is the flowing design and the curved window corners.

It’s a debatable issue whether you like them or not but they are here to stay and unless you change the interface with the old one from Windows 10, you might as well get used to it.

And we’re not the only ones in that situation. The Chromium developers stepped up and decided to adapt Google Chrome to the new design and match the browser with the new Windows 11.

In a new project from Chromium Gerrit, the title clearly suggests this move: Configure menus with rounded corners for Windows 11.

How will Google Chrome adapt to Windows 11?

The owner of the new patch, Allan Bauer already wrote the code for the awaited change in Google Chrome but it’s still an ongoing project so we don’t know exactly when it will show up in a browser update.

Allan also states in a comment posted under the project that his solution is not the prettiest solution for Windows 11 style implementation, but he was constrained by time.

However, another great news is that this implementation will also work on Windows 10 so you will be able to change it there also.

Based on a code snippet, we came to the conclusion that the feature will be disabled by default and you will have to enable it from Google Chrome’s menus.

The Windows 11 style menus will be disabled by default

How are the Google Chrome menus now and what to expect?

Although we don’t have any screenshots of the new implementation, we can still take a quick look at Chrome’s present menus and exercise our imagination a bit.

Right now, as you can see from our screenshot below, Chrome has sharp corners although the window in the new OS is curved.

Menus in Chrome have sharp edges

However, if we want to get a glimpse of how the new menus will be displayed, we should perhaps look at the ones from Microsoft Edge, already adapted to the new Windows 11 design.

As you can see from our screenshot below, Microsoft’s browser has curved corners but the curvature is not as wide as the ones of the windows.

Edge’s corners are already rounded in Windows 11

We don’t know yet if Chrome’s menus will also borrow the acrylic effect from Edge. It’s a long shot but only the finished result will tell.

The new implementation is not a huge change but it shows a clear sign for design adaptation of the apps that will populate the new OS.

It’s definitely good news for the fans of the new Windows 11 design and as it’s a reversible change, it won’t affect the others who don’t enjoy the adaptation.

What do you think about this Google Chrome design change? Leave us a line with your thoughts in the comments section below.

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