Has anyone noticed that all of a sudden (as of this morning) that Google Chrome looks different? My Chrome browser looks as if it's grayed out (colors are darker, almost a black-n-white look), and tab titles look lighter than usual, something is def not right, possibly caused by the latest update? Anyone else experiencing this?

I tried uninstalling/re-installing and it didn't work?

If nobody else is experiencing this I'll chalk it up to it being my computer and remove this question....

(All my other browsers work fine)

Chrome Version: Version 32.0.1700.76 m

OS: Windows 7

UPDATE: Downgrading to version 31x fixed all of these problems, I'm guessing it had to do with an incompatibility issue with the chrome update and my current GC driver, as NVIDIA has been acting up lately....

Also note that the rendering of default input elements such as text, dropdown menus, and number inputs are rendering incorrectly, and sometimes you can't even see the content.


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what it should look like:

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    can you include screenshot, plus add Chrome version and your OS. Jan 17, 2014 at 18:09
  • added a few pics above
    – A.O.
    Jan 17, 2014 at 18:33
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    Have you checked your video cables? Try to disconnect and reconnect video cables. Jan 17, 2014 at 18:50

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Have you've gone incognito? It's darker. Here is the main window sitting behind the incognito one to give you the color difference.

To get there click the click the three bars on the right to get this setup menu.

  • Yes, it sort of has that affect, but that's not the problem, I'm not in incognito mode, and there is no little "spy character" in the top left corner
    – A.O.
    Jan 17, 2014 at 18:23
  • How about any of these? chrome.google.com/webstore/category/themes?hl=en Jan 17, 2014 at 18:26
  • tried changing theme, no difference, rolled back to default, still see the above issues. i added some pics in the question
    – A.O.
    Jan 17, 2014 at 18:33
  • What happens if you re-install? Jan 17, 2014 at 18:35
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    We all have stupid problems that occur from time to time. Last week I had a directory I absolutely could not delete. I heard of a computer professor who could not delete some widget from his desktop. It's part of life in the bit lane. Jan 17, 2014 at 19:13

I could not get rid of this issue either. I had to rename the executable file for chrome to something else to get the old chrome back(chromer.exe). This worked and my chrome is back to normal. Subsequently, internet explorer stopped working, it will not load at all. I do not know if they are related to the same issue or not.


I thought it was my computer initially, so I restarted it but no change. I'm not sure what the problem is, but here's what I did.

I had to disable, then re-enable, my extensions, and just updated my chrome settings. Then I refreshed the pages while the settings page was still open and that worked. I'm not sure why, but it finally got rid of the graying. (I've never been this excited to see white backgrounds actually show up as white!)


In my case I disabled Hardware acceleration in settings, and relaunched. It's like an on/off button for grey/white. (Under Setting > Advanced Options > System)


For me this Google answer solved the issue:

Go to chrome://flags/, search for 'force color profile' and change the setting to sRGB. Happened with me as well and came across this fix on another thread. This worked like a charm


This happened to me on Windows 10, with Chrome 66; same issue as OP.

I downgraded to earlier versions of Chrome, which fixed the problem, but auto update was in effect, and I couldn't block the filepath C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update.

Another solution is to run the program in compatibility mode; Windows 8 worked for me:

Google Chrome Properties, with compatibility mode checked


For me it was the Dark Reader extension. As soon as I disabled it all was back to normal.

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