Is there any way to turn off the visual effects used by Google Chrome?

For example, the tabs slide around smoothly, the scrolling is really smooth, and there is a huge arrow that fades in and out during download.

Reason why I'd like to know is primarily because I want to maximize battery life on my netbook by using less visual effects and, secondly, because I use Chrome on slower systems and would like to maximize the performance and efficiency of Chrome.

This applies mainly to Windows XP, but also Vista, 7 and even (X)Ubuntu 9.10.

EDIT1: Oh yes... disabling the attaching/detaching of tabs and turning them into translucent in the process. That's a bit stressful on my slower machines.

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    +1. That's also a major issue over RDP on slower connections.
    – Joey
    Feb 21, 2010 at 13:20
  • The scrolling in Chrome is really smooth? That's weird, it's instant for... wait... Well, no. I generally click on the arrows, or better yet, use the arrow keys and page up/down buttons to scroll the page, so it only has to redraw once. However: If your netbook has an accelerated graphics card... well, nevermind. Do netbooks even have graphics acceleration?
    – Blank
    Feb 21, 2010 at 21:32
  • True, but having a small screen, I use ChiralMotion scrolling most of the time (circular motion), so I'd rather use my scrolling feature but without smooth scroll. And yes, there is graphics acceleration.
    – Wesley
    Feb 22, 2010 at 2:51
  • @Nicholas: all netbooks have at least Intel graphics card, which provides graphical acceleration -- but only 2D one. Without it scrolling would be INCREDIBLY slow: try booting in plain VGA/VESA mode to see what I mean.
    – Catherine
    Apr 29, 2010 at 9:39
  • Since new Chrome 32.0.1700.102 they now added also animated effect when clicking on any HTML scroll-listbox. I simply can't stand at this, but I don't know how to turn them off. I tried in chrome://flags/ but there seem to be no options to turn off such effect. Jan 29, 2014 at 11:06

2 Answers 2


I think really the only way to do this would be to get involved with the Chromium project and modify the source.

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    Or post a request on one of the Chromium Forums pr project sites. (Not everyone is a developer or programmer.)
    – Moshe
    Feb 21, 2010 at 21:34
  • @Moshe: Exactly... I am neither.
    – Wesley
    Feb 22, 2010 at 2:50

There is one thing that might help some,


that will provide us internal flags used by the browser,

We can refer list and tweak with renderings plugins internal add-ins and many more,

Options like LCD text antialiasing or Overlay Scrollbars may trick some visual effects..

Note it is designed for internal use by chrome only, so use at own risk, change one by one and restart browser to take effect, so that you can change it back to normal..

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