Chrome 74 is rolling out right now via Google’s update mechanisms, and it’s available for Windows, macOS, and Linux users. Chief among the new features, and one that people have been waiting for, is a new dark mode that is specifically being implemented for Windows 10 users.

Users of macOS already received the same dark mode as part of the previous Chrome 73 update that arrived last month. If you’re a Windows 10 user, you’ll see the update arrive via the usual mechanism, and dark mode will automatically kick into gear once Windows 10 users enable dark mode system-wide.

However, that isn’t going to be the case for all users out of the gate, for reasons we can’t quite fathom. A Chrome community manager has confirmed that “we are rolling out this feature to a small number of Chrome M74 users now, and that it will become more widely available in the near future,” which is madness. However, if you want to get your hands on the new Chrome dark mode in Windows without the wait, it’s certainly something you can do yourself.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Locate the shortcut you use for Chrome and open its properties.

Step 2: Append “–force-dark-mode” to the target location. You don’t need the quotes we added.

Step 3: Launch Chrome with Windows 10’s dark mode enabled.

That’s all you need to do. If you’re not already using Chrome, you can download it from Google and if you are, updates are available from Help > About Chrome once live, which, in theory, is right now.

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