Google Chrome and Windows 8 Mode

One of the big changes Microsoft made with the launch of Windows 8 is something called the Metro User Interface. This option allows most programs to launch as apps and offer a sleek, modern look. However, some people don’t love the interface and want to switch back to using their programs as normal. Many people don’t know this is possible, or seek computer support for help. However, in most cases, getting back to a normal launch is easier than you may think. Take Chrome for instance. If you don’t like looking at your web browser as an app, don’t fret. You actually have an option to switch out of the mode.

Getting into Desktop Mode

If you would like to switch Google Chrome to desktop mode (that’s what you were used to before Windows 8), then click on the icon that looks like three straight lines creating a square in the top right corner of your Google Chrome screen. You will then a see drop down menu and you can choose “Relaunch Chrome in Desktop Mode.”  This will take immediate effect, but don’t worry. You won’t lose any windows or tabs you had open.

Getting to Windows 8 Mode

Perhaps you use desktop mode for Google Chrome for a while and you decide you really liked the app better. Don’t worry. You can switch back without the help of a computer repair service. This time, you are going to go through the same process as before, but you will be choosing to launch in Windows 8 mode. To do this, click on the three lines at the top right corner of Google Chrome. Then, in the drop down menu, click on “Relaunch Chrome in Desktop Mode.”  Again, this will take immediate effect and you won’t lose any tabs or windows you have open.

What if It Gets Stuck?

In a few cases, users find themselves running into a problem and seeking computer help. Generally, this happens when Google Chrome actually gets stuck in Windows 8 mode. When users click on the button to switch modes, nothing happens. This occurs very rarely, but when it does, it can be a hassle.

If you run into this problem, you can attempt to fix it on your own. However, to do this, you will need to go into the computer’s registry, which can be a difficult endeavor. You have to be very careful in regedit because if you change the wrong code, you could make things much worse. Unless you happen to be especially computer savvy, then it is best to seek out computer support in these situations.

While Google Chrome can get stuck in Windows 8 mode, this is a bug that happens very rarely to very few people. In most cases, you should be able to easily switch back and forth between desktop and Windows 8 mode with little or no problem at all.

If you have trouble launching Google Chrome correctly, or if you run into any problems with your computer, keep in mind that remote computer support can often help. All that you need to do is contact us at 908-428-9558 today.


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