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Chrome Windows 8 Mode: What Is It?

Monday, December 8th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Rosie asks:

I have 8.1 and i run chrome on my computer, in the menu there is a line that reads RELAUNCH GOOGLE CHROME IN WINDOW’S 8 MODE?? I do not understand, I thought it was in that mode already. Should I change it to that?

It’s up to you. You are being given the choice between viewing Chrome in the standard desktop mode or in the Windows 8 touch-friendly Modern mode.  Windows 8 and 8.1 have a split personality. There’s the Metro/Modern mode that runs touch-friendly apps and the more traditional desktop mode that runs desktop apps.

When you click the menu bar for Google Chrome in the desktop version, you’ll see a drop-down menu with the option to relaunch in Windows 8 mode.


Windows 8 Mode features larger buttons and the ability to “snap” which allows it to share the screen with other apps. The modern mode would probably work best if you’re using a tablet or touchscreen. 


You can always try it and see if you like it. If you don’t enjoy Windows 8 mode, just tap or click that menu button again and switch back to desktop mode.


 ~ Cynthia


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