Google Chrome makes good use of window chrome

September 1, 2009

I was playing around with the Mac version of Google Chrome the other day (I found it here) and I stumbled across the “Incognito” mode. When you go incognito, you’re going into private-browsing mode, i.e. you won’t leave traces of where you’ve been.

What I really liked about the user interface for this was the use of different window title bar for the incognito window. In general, modes are not great for users because it’s difficult to convey what mode your in. Google’s custom window chrome is the perfect indication to the user that they are in a special browsing mode.

incognito_window
regular_window

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6 Responses to “Google Chrome makes good use of window chrome”

  1. Lars Says:

    A shame Chrome isn’t ready for the Mac yet. I love Safari, but Chrome works like a charm on Windows, so I can’t wait to see it arrive for the Mac.

  2. Ken Says:

    I agree — Chrome is fantastic on Windows. Hopefully we’ll see an official release of Chrome the Mac sometime soon.


  3. Sometime soon :) A lot of work is being put into chrome to make it available on Mac/Linux

  4. Ken Says:

    It definitely shows. Keep up the great work Mohamed!

  5. Tristan Seifert Says:

    Is there any way to do this in Java? I mean with those different colors and the mac look of the title bar even on linux and windoze?

  6. Ken Says:

    Hi Tristan,

    You can draw the window chrome in Java, though you’d have to draw the window controls (like the close button) too. On the Mac, theres a show-stopping bug, though, namely the nasty flicker when you do a programmatic resize. For now, there’s no good way to achieve anything that needs programmatic resize capability on the Mac.

    -Ken


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