Google Chrome is celebrating 10 years since it released its first browser.
The major update went live earlier in the day, and has completely refreshed the look of the browser.
Offering more rounded corners, new icons and a fresh colour palette, it aims at making the icons easier to see.
Google wants to make life easier for users who are navigating across lots of tabs.
What are the new Google Chrome features?
• Password generator – A clever new feature allows the browser to make your passwords for you as well as storing them.
When you sign up for a website Chrome will suggest a strong password for you to try.
Chrome will either generate one for you by pressing the password box, or it can fill in a password you have already saved.
• Search bar boost – The new search bar function will provide search results for common queries without ever clicking enter.
The Omnibox can give you all sorts of information, such as weather or how long a specific film is.
• Tab search – This is a clever function for those who have so many tabs open they can’t find the one they were looking for.
Simply type the website or page name into the Omnibox bar, and click “Switch to Tab”.
• Easy translation – Google often offers you the chance to translate a page with a pop up box. However, if a box doesn’t appear, you can now right click on the bage to translate.
• Aesthetics – It’s not only its functionality that has changed, but also its aesthetics.
Google Chrome has gone from its pointy corners to rounded edges to mark the 10 year milestone.
The icons, colour scheme and interface has also been updated.
Google said in a blog post: “These updates have a simpler look and will (hopefully) boost your productivity.”
How to change back to the old Google Chrome look:
Some people find change difficult to deal with.
While many of the new features and changes have been welcomed by users, some find the aesthetic alterations troublesome.
The good news is, if you updated to Chrome 69 you aren’t stuck with it.
Follow these easy steps to go back to the old Google Chrome look:
• Type chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md in the address bare and press enter
• Next to the “UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome” flag, change the toggle from Default to Normal
• Restart your browser by typing chrome://restart in the address bar and pressing enter
If you haven’t yet tried out the Google Chrome browser, click More in the top right of the browser.
Then click Update Google Chrome, followed by Relaunch.