Whenever I open a new tab, which is very often, there's a white flash. This is a blinding to my eyes since I often use my computer with dark backgrounds and in low brightness. Is there a way I can change this to a black flash?

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But the solutions don't work for opening new tabs.

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    I don't have a bright screen in front of me. Most of the websites I browse aren't completely white, the programs I use aren't bright, I use low brightness on all of my devices, and I use f.lux.
    – fent
    Feb 15, 2014 at 20:27
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    I looked around for a solution, suggestions seems to vary but my guess is that this white background is hardcoded into chrome, it'll always appear before calling the theme or extention data. I guess we can't change this without finding a way to hack chrome source code and that's very bad. Dark themes and some other extensions will style the new tab dark but it'll always flash white for a sec. Jan 29, 2016 at 21:08
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    What about inverting all computer colors while using chrome? On Windows, you can start the screen magnifier and then press Ctrl-Alt-i to invert the colors. Look here.
    – ecube
    Feb 9, 2016 at 1:33
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    Anyone found a solution to this issue? User Styles does not work for this particular issue.
    – jrobichaud
    Nov 13, 2016 at 3:49

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Solution provided here: http://jollo.org/LNT/public/chrome-white-flash.html

It's a hackish workaround but as you can see in the picture, it works.


An alternative solution is to hack the chrome source code and compile it.

Fixed the white flash here https://github.com/hbtlabs/chromium-white-flash-fix


https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/care-your-eyes/fidmpnedniahpnkeomejhnepmbdamlhl?hl=en This is an extension for google chrome. It allows you to change the background color of webpages at night. It even has an auto mode that will change at a certain time. Maybe this will help you.

  • Oh lol I just realized how old this is
    – JCTechie
    Feb 10, 2016 at 1:15

If you are still experiencing problem, it may be due to your Google background. If when you open a new tab and Google is the new tab's default location, go to the bottom right of the tab page. Click on the button there, it may say "customize" or it will be an icon. Then select "No background". This solved my problem as the white screen was due to it loading the theme.

  • In the "Customize" popup for me it was in "Color and theme", then i could remove a weird dark v3 version, and select a default dark, its much better now. Flashes on opening links and tabs are mostly gone, still experiencing slight flashes sporadically.
    – fabpico
    Mar 21, 2021 at 11:22

Fixed in Google Chrome Beta

Version 72.0.3626.81 (Official Build) beta (64-bit)

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    I still see it in Chromium 80, (Ubuntu). Isit really fixed on Chromium or other Oses? Apr 6, 2020 at 8:45

I think chrome will never fix that problem, the only way that can be fixed is if you can open new tabs in background. Now install this extension : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clean-crxmouse-gestures/mjidkpedjlfnanainpdfnedkdlacidla

The name of extension is Clean Crx Mouse Gesture

After you install the extension all you have to do is Enable Background tabs from option menu of extension and done.Enjoyenter image description here


I have a good solution Use "opera browser" and "dark mode extension" it works very good if you disable the option in "Advanced settings" named "Delay loading of background tabs"


chrome://flags -> search for dark mode -> set to enabled. Fixed it for me :)

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