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Old 15. Jul 2013, 06:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to fix Chrome 28 fat menus

Recently Google decided to push for "unified" experience by making Chome's menus padded for touchscreen fingers. Like many others, I found that to be an unnecessary waste of space at best, so we've implemented the --disable-new-menu-style switch at the end of Chrome's shortcut target.

Unfortunately, that was purposefully removed by Google after a dumb suggestion nobody (except the higher-ups) agreed with. I tried getting used to it like they want, but it's ultimately inferior for anyone with a pointing device. Finding that none of those touch about:flags work either, I was stuck with fat menus until finding this gem:
--force-fieldtrials="NewMenuStyle/Compact2/"

After applying that fix the same way as the old one, the menus are finally back to a reasonable size. Colour is still the new blank white, but that's not much of an issue at all compared to functionality. Hope y'all like the new diet switch.
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Old 17. Jul 2013, 05:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh something else unexpectedly changed in Chrome 28 as well: http://www.chromium.org/administrators/policy-list-3

Now they're forcing the use of gpedit.msc, which clearly every home edition of Windows lacks. Sigh, at least I can still use symbolic links for my needs...
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Old 18. Jul 2013, 02:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Many-many thanks for those switches.

I alternatively use SWare Iron (portable) for some sites and hated those big menus

The first switch works like a charm with SWare Iron 27.0.1500.0 (stable) on Windows.

While the second has no effect on the current version, I'll make a note of it, may need it for future updates of SWare Iron.

Again, thanks a lot
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Wow so Google Chrome has changed to Blink as it's layout engine with this new version. Feels faster than before.
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Old 22. Aug 2013, 10:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It seems they finally fixed it themselves in a later Chrome 28 builds thanks to widespread complaints.

Now they introduced vertical instead of horizontal extra padding in Chrome 29 Omnibox drop-down menu. Instead of being somewhat useful like expanding URLs to fit that space, they decided pointless white space yet again. Yes, it was not a mistake, but a decision once again.

Some people just never learn (and should be fired). Of course, this dumb choice, is only a visual nuisance instead of hampering functionality, but still near universally unwanted regardless. Sorry no fix yet, but it's less of an issue so I won't be actively searching for one.
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Old 26. Sep 2013, 02:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't know what they're smoking, but everyone should read this: http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic...s_new_tab_page (restart the browser to take effect)
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Old 06. Oct 2013, 12:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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After Chrome 30, I got this rather useless tray icon, so here's how to disable it: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/i...tail?id=195199
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