Chrome’s Settings Page Gets A New Fluid UI

Brandon Giesing send me an email with  a screenshot of the new settings page for Chrome. This new UI is more clean and “fluid” I don’t know if I used the correct word, but take a look at the screencast below and let me know what you think.

This is available on the latest Chrome Dev version. I did check the latest chromium daily build to see if there is any change there, but it looked similar there too. So, I am not expecting any radical change to this new UI soon before it’s pushed to the stable version.

New Chrome UI

New Chrome UI - Click to Zoom in

There are only two main sections in the new UI. “Settings” and then “Extensions”. The “settings” page opens up the basic settings options, and you can click on “advanced” or “under the hood” for more options. “Advanced Settings” opens up as a pop-up page. Additional settings from there opens as a new layer on top of it, giving a consistent UX. Here is a screenshot of those “layers”!!

I felt the new UI more clean, but over simplified. It doesn’t look attractive but feels great when you use it. Considering this is the first version of this new UI, we should probably see more change in upcoming versions.

What do you think of this new UI?

In Category: Google Chrome


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Andrea Page 02/02/2012, 6:17 am

    I had noticed that a couple of days ago but since you post those pictures today I’ll comment on them.

    I feel very uncomfortable with the plain white first page and too many pop-up pages are an annoyance way to browse.
    And what I most dislike is how the categories are too close together. I don’t know what is going on but I didn’t feel comfortable with it.

    • Dinu 02/02/2012, 6:20 am

      thanks for your comment 🙂

      • Andrea Page 02/02/2012, 6:31 am

        You’re welcome. 😉

        I forgot to say that “Considering this is the first version of this new UI…” I hope improvements in the coming versions. Otherwise I hope they keep the current settings pages. (At least for awhile.)

  • Cougar Abogado 03/02/2012, 7:28 am

    I like the simplification. On the other hand, I’m unsure how I feel about what I’ve heard some describe as a messy feeling.

    Maybe it will be like my experience with the new Gmail?

  • apruler2012 07/02/2012, 10:31 am

    nice to know you are still doing great blogs! ^_^

    • Dinu 07/02/2012, 10:35 am

      🙂 thanks

  • Cromado 08/02/2012, 7:21 am

    I think there should be at least two separate and distinct categories: “Settings” and “Advanced setings”.
    It’s bad to hide “Advanced setings” into a popup…

    More further I think that IMO they should at least consider a (Unified Options Page). All in one like for instance: “History”; “Downloads”; “Extensions”; “Plug-ins” and more, all accessible from the Options page.

    Good idea? 🙂