How to Restore the Classic Themes in Chrome and Firefox

Ben Stegner 14-09-2018

Google Chrome version 69 made several changes, not the least of which was a fresh coat of paint. Whenever a longtime product makes a visual change like this, some users understandably long for the past looks again.


Whether you want to go back to the classic look in Chrome or Firefox, we’ll show you quick ways to get back old themes. Note that these methods are subject to change at any time.

How to Restore Google Chrome’s Classic Theme


If you don’t like the new rounded tabs in Chrome 69, you can utilize a Chrome flag The 12 Best Chrome Flags to Upgrade Your Browsing Experience Chrome's Flags menu is a great place to find cool experimental features. Here are the best Chrome flags to check out. Read More to change them back. To do so, type chrome://flags into the address bar.

In the search bar at the top of the page, enter #top-chrome-md to jump right to the appropriate flag (UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome). This option will be set to Default—change it to Normal. You’ll then see a prompt to relaunch Chrome at the bottom of the screen. Click this, and when Chrome restarts, you’ll have the old familiar look back.

How to Restore Mozilla Firefox’s Classic Look

While you could once change your Firefox theme easily with one of its powerful extensions, that unfortunately changed with Firefox Quantum. Its new extension policy means that (potentially dangerous) add-ons 5 Popular Firefox Extensions You Should Remove Right Now Firefox extensions are great, but some of them are dangerous or useless. Here are five Firefox add-ons nobody should have installed. Read More that make deep changes to the browser aren’t allowed anymore.


The author of the well-reviewed Classic Theme Restorer for Firefox [No Longer Available] recommended that users install the ESR version of Firefox to continue using his extension. However, Firefox 60 ESR has replaced the old Firefox 52 ESR, meaning that legacy extensions no longer work in it.


If you really want to get the old Firefox look back, you should install Waterfox. This is based on Firefox’s code, but is an independent browser. Waterfox supports legacy extensions, so you can install Classic Theme Restorer just fine.

Advanced users who aren’t interested in Waterfox can use CSS tweaks to change the look of Quantum. But we wouldn’t recommend this for the average user.

Interested in retrieving more from the past? Check out lost Windows features you can bring back 7 Lost Windows Features You Can Bring Back Some fan-favorite features in Windows are now deprecated and no longer part of Windows. If a feature you loved just disappeared, here's how you can restore or substitute it. Read More .

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  1. v
    September 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    This helped me get my old chrome theme back! Thanks!

  2. Daniel
    September 14, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Waterfox??? What about Pale Moon? That's the true old Firefox experience.