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Disable “Windows 8″ Mode in Google Chrome

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Yeah, I finally did it – I made the jump to Windows 8. I probably wouldn’t have, except for the fact that it came pre-installed on my new computer, so I figured “what the hey, I’ll give it a shot”.

And honestly, it’s not a whole lot different from 7 functionality-wise; just a much more invasive Start menu – like, it takes up the whole flippin’ screen…

In fact, the only peeve I’ve got so far has to do with Google Chrome’s and its “Windows 8 Mode”. It not that it’s bad, necessarily, it’s just that it take away some creature comforts, like the menu bar…

…that, and there’s no way to get out of it once activated.

This frustrated me enough to start digging around in the Windows Registry, so if you’re uncomfortable with the following steps, please consult a professional to help you out. Otherwise, put on your gloves and prepare to be wholly underwhelmed with how easy this is. 

Hit your Windows key, type in Regedit and hit Enter. The Regedit screen will pop up.
Now navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\Metro 

…and change the value from a 1 to a 0 (zero).

Now, click File, then Exit to leave Regedit.

This will force Chrome to go back to its Windows 7 iteration, thus restoring your toolbar and the ability to browse from the Windows 8 desktop instead of the “metro” interface – two things I find extremely useful, and hope you do, too!

Take care out there!


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3 Responses to “Disable “Windows 8″ Mode in Google Chrome”

  1. Calvin Christian says:

    Why not go to the menu by clicking the lines in the upper right corner right below the close X, click “Relaunch Chrome in Desktop Mode”?

  2. Kathy says:

    Both suggestions are welcome. Google chrome seems to be invasive and once launched it will subject you to advertisements. Is there a way around those?

  3. Ron says:

    Awesome dude, works great, you saved me from hell on earth. I thought I was going to have to start from scratch re installing google

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