[Tip] Disable New Material Design UI of Settings Page in Google Chrome

Today Google released the latest Chrome 59 version to stable channel which comes with many bug fixes, security fixes and improvements. One major change which Google Chrome users will notice is the implementation of Material Design in Settings page.

In previous versions of Chrome web browser, Google team implemented Material Design UI which brought flat icons, tabs and other UI elements and now the same Material Design has been added to the Settings (Preferences) page.

If you launch Settings page in latest Google Chrome version, you'll get a brand new Settings page as shown in following screenshot:


As you can see in the above screenshot, the layout and look-n-feel of the Settings page has been changed a lot. Now the Settings page uses Material Design UI, sections have been changed and new toggle buttons (on/off sliders) have been added in place of old checkboxes.

In my opinion the new Settings page looks great and organizes preferences a lot better than the old Settings page but if you don't like the new Material Design UI of Settings page and want to restore the good ol' classic Settings page in Google Chrome, this tutorial will help you.

Today in this tutorial, we'll tell you how to disable the new Material Design UI in Settings page and restore classic Settings page in Google Chrome web browser.

So if you also want to bring back the old Settings page in Google Chrome, following steps will help you:

1. Open Google Chrome web browser and type chrome://flags/ in addressbar and press Enter. It'll open the advanced configuration page.

2. Now press "Ctrl+F" keys together to launch find box and type md-settings in the find box.

It'll directly go to following option:

Enable Material Design settings (Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS)
If enabled, the chrome://settings/ URL loads the Material Design settings page. #enable-md-settings

3. Select Disabled option from the drop-down box.


4. Click on "Relaunch Now" button and it'll restart Google Chrome web browser.

That's it. It'll disable the new Material Design UI and restore classic UI back in Settings page of Google Chrome.


PS: In future, if you want to restore new Material Design UI in Settings page, set the above mentioned option to Default and restart the browser to take effects.


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  • THANK YOU FOR THIS. I was afraid the old layout was gone for good.

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