How do I get Google Chrome back to desktop mode on Windows 8

  • JMK

    The Windows 8 version of Google Chrome seems to have been updated to support the UI formerly known as Metro.

    However, this seems to be the only option now, which means that I can no longer use Chrome on my netbook.

    How do I get Google chrome to work in classic desktop mode on Windows 8?


  • Answers
  • Head of Catering

    You can also edit the registry to have the Chrome tile on the start menu launch in desktop mode regardless of which browser is set to default.

    I've posted a detailed blog post with step-by-step instructions and screenshots:

  • Mike

    Go to the menu (three horizontal lines [used to be a wrench]) and select "Relaunch Chrome on the Desktop"

  • Journeyman Geek

    There's a switch to desktop mode option in your chrome settings button. Select that and it'll close chrome in the metro/modern/windows store app UI, and reopen it in desktop

  • Peanut

    A simple registry fix is all you need...

    you can enter registry by going into the start menu... type regedit... press enter

    once registry editor is open go to the following registry path


    in that path there is a registry entry called


    change the value of the entry from 1 to 0

    and VWALAH its alive.

  • purkki

    Only the default browser will use the Metro mode in Windows 8. If you want Chrome to use the desktop mode you can make another browser, for example IE, the default one.

  • MatthewThepc

    As jpx_ said, in Windows 8 the default browser becomes Metro. To change your default browser back to IE, open the Start Screen, type "Default," click the "settings" filter on the right, click "Default Programs," on the left hand side of the Default Programs window, select "Internet Explorer" and then select "Set this program as default"

  • greg

    Go to the menu (three horizontal lines [used to be a wrench]) and select "Relaunch Chrome on the Desktop"

    Unfortunately his problem is that it won't launch on a netbook because of resolution. So he can't get it on even to change the mode. I have the same problem, and what I do instead of trying to open the browser, i open a page from the history and after it gives you the error and you click OK, it opens in desktop mode. It is annoying but it works. I haven't found the way to set it to desktop mode on default. it used to open in desktop mode from the start page even being the default browser, and one time it asked if i wanted to open in windows 8 mode, i said yes and from that day on i have had that problem.

  • Lindsay Ramos

    I feel your pain. This got me so frustrated! The whole reason I've stuck with PC is because of its sense of structure.

    Anyway, fixing it may involve administrative issues. Try this:

    1. REMOVE the existing Chrome icon from your task bar (RIGHT CLICK >> "unpin")
    2. Create a shortcut to Chrome on your Desktop
    3. RIGHT CLICK >> Open as administrator

    If it doesn't change at this point, go to the three bars at the top right of your Chrome browser and select "Relaunch Chrome from Desktop". This should work now that you're in administrator mode. You can take it one step further and repin the shortcut to your task bar.

    Good luck!

  • user307783

    purkki is right. The default browser will run in metro and any other browsers will get switched to desktop mode. I choose the option to start Chrome in metro and I no longer had controls or anything in there. I couldn't choose to switch back. So I made IE the default browser and it switched Chrome back for me so it was useable again. You can then choose Chrome as your default again if you so desire and it will stay in desktop mode unless you make the same mistake again with the 'start in windows 8 mode.'

  • Related Question

    How to create a desktop shortcut to a Windows 8 Modern UI app?
  • Joel Dean

    I am using Windows 8 at the moment and I was wondering if there is a way to make a shortcut to a Modern UI (formerly known as Metro UI) application on my desktop.

  • Related Answers
  • Indrek

    As far as I know, there's no built-in way to do this. For the apps that come with Windows 8, you can use MetroApp Link; official website (in Italian) here. It doesn't currently support apps downloaded through the Store, though.

  • SLaks

    All Modern UI apps have a URL protocol associated with them which can be used to launch the app.
    You can find find the protocol for a specific app like this:

    1. Press Windows+R
    2. Type regedit
    3. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Extensions\ContractId\Windows.Protocol\PackageId
    4. Find the subkey for your app (eg, AMZNMobileLLC.KindleforWindows8_1.1.0.0_neutral__stfe6vwa9jnbp)
    5. Within that subkey, go to ActivatableClassId_some long name_\CustomProperties
    6. The Name value will tell you the protocol name.

    You can then make a shortcut to name://. (eg, kindle://)

    Getting an icon is a little harder.
    In the subkey directly under ActivatableClassId, you'll find a value named Icon, in the format @{AppIdentifier?ms-resource://AppName/Files/path/to/icon.png}. You'll find a PNG icon in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\AppIdentifier\path/to/icon.png.
    However, you'll need to convert this PNG to an ICO file to use in a shortcut.

  • 에이바
    1. Right click on your Desktop and select new->shortcut.
    2. When the dialog window opens enter %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1} and name your application appropriately.
    3. Click on the icon your created and launch the Applications window.
    4. Select the Metro application to use.


  • chingNotCHing

    I have found out a solution myself and want to make the answer here to be complete. It's done by a piece of codes of C# and PowerShell by Tome Tanasovski posted at .

    You don't have to understand the codes well to have it worked. The good thing is that I don't need to download some 3rd exe and it's programmable so that I can open up the calculator and PDF viewer with just a single hot key.

    1. Open up PowerShell command box, and simply paste all codes copied from the link above.

    2. Run


    3. A list of AppUserModelId of some guessable app name is listed. E.g., I'm looking for Calculator. The AppUserModelId is "Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App". In the PowerShell command box, run

      start-metroApp Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App

    Of course you won't like to invoke Calculator again like this. You can save the commands (not all of them, e.g., the part of function get-metroApp is not needed) to a .ps1 . A shortcut to this .ps1 can then be created to execute it. Finally, placing this shortcut to the start menu folder allows you to assign a hot-key for your app.

  • EionRobb

    You can launch them via powershell, eg

    powershell.exe Start-MetroApp Microsoft.BingNews_8wekyb3d8bbwe!AppexNews
  • Rudo

    just make a shortcut pointing to 'ms-mail://'. select icon is described above.