The latest Canary build of Google Chrome includes a neat feature that automatically selects a color scheme for the browser based on the wallpaper displayed when you open a new tab. Feature was first Posted by u/Leopeva64-2 on Reddit, who shows how changing the new tab wallpaper automatically adjusts the color scheme of the browser’s address bar and interface. Previously, it was possible to manually change Chrome’s color scheme to one of your choice, but this makes the process easier.

According to Google’s software, the feature “allows you to set a theme color based on the background image color when changing the background image on a New Tab Page,” and is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux, as well as Google’s own ChromeOS and Fuchsia operating systems.

We were able to enable the “Customize Chrome Color Extraction” feature in Chrome’s Canary build version 110 (specifically 110.0.5418.0) to test it ourselves. It worked better with more colorful wallpapers, while darker backgrounds tended to turn Chrome’s interface a muddy black, brown, or gray—not much of an improvement over its default color scheme. We were able to get it to work with Google’s own wallpapers, although the automatic color theme selection didn’t work when we uploaded our own image. It’s not clear if this is a bug or by design.

The feature is not enabled by default. Instead, if you want to try it, you need to enable the Chrome flag “chrome://flags/#customize-chrome-color-extraction”. Once enabled, open a new Chrome tab, click the pencil icon at the bottom right of the new tab window, and select a new wallpaper to see its color scheme reflected in the Chrome interface. After choosing a wallpaper, the color scheme is saved in different tabs when you browse the web.

There’s no word on when this feature will be rolled out, but given that it’s currently a plug-in feature in Google Chrome’s Canary build (the earliest beta version of its software), we wouldn’t expect it to get the new feature. widespread release for at least a few months.

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