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How To Enable Or Disable The New Material Design Downloads Page In Chrome

Google is giving many of its products a material design makeover. Chrome for the desktop is about to receive one such update where the Downloads page has been revamped with a Material Design look. The new layout might become the default design when Chrome 49 makes it to the stable channel but if you’d like to get it early or would like to know how to disable it the second it becomes the default for the stable channel, we’ve got you covered.

The new Material design for the Downloads page i.e., chrome://downloads/ can be enabled in Chrome versions older than version 49 by enabling an experimental Chrome flag. Go to chrome://flags/ and look for the flag; Enable Material Design downloads.


Simply enable it to get the new Material design Downloads page.


If you’re running Chrome 49 on the beta channel, and are looking to return to the old look and feel of the Downloads page, simply visit the Flags page in Chrome and disable the above mentioned flag.

The new Material design UI doesn’t take away any functionality from the Downloads page. You can search through your downloaded files, open the folder a file was downloaded to, remove a download from the list of completed downloads, clear all downloads, and open the downloads folder. The page is responsive and the background is no longer a bright white which makes it easier on the eyes. There’s no color or theme control as yet for the page so you’re going to have to make-do with the default header color. The new design doesn’t change what the download progress bar looks like.


  1. You don’t seem to be able to change it back now. This is stupid. I can only see about 4 or 5 files at a time now.

  2. Thank you for this, Fatima. Successfully rolled back to the previous “Downloads” page. lol. Since i’m not bothered with aesthetics, the new “Downloads” page looks in no way like an improvement to me, the downloads occupied too much unnecessary space on the page for my liking, it showed only 4 downloads (without scrolling). The old one shows like 8 or 9 and that settles it for me.

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