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Status: WontFix
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Closed: Aug 2013
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OS: Windows
Pri: 2
Type: Bug

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--disable-new-menu-style switch no longer works

Reported by, Jul 11 2013

Issue description

UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/28.0.1500.71 Safari/537.36

Steps to reproduce the problem:
1. Use the following switch when starting chrome: "--disable-new-menu-style switch no longer works"
2. View a bookmark folder.
3. Notice wide vertical spacing.

What is the expected behavior?
Each entry in the bookmarks list should be spaced closer together in Windows.

What went wrong?
Someone made a stupid change to the UI.

Did this work before? Yes Until the end of June 2013

Chrome version: 28.0.1500.71  Channel: beta
OS Version: 6.1 (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2)
Flash Version: Shockwave Flash 11.8 r800

Comment 1 by, Jul 11 2013

Step 1 should be: 

Use the following switch when starting chrome: "--disable-new-menu-style"

Comment 2 by, Jul 12 2013

I can confirm that this has stopped working on Windows XP too. Version 28.0.1500.71 m

Comment 3 by, Jul 12 2013

Good luck with this request. There's evidence that they purposely removed this function. Thousands of people have viewed this blow up on the Google Product Forums for Chrome and it doesn't seem to be making any impact.

Comment 4 by Deleted ...@, Jul 12 2013

Has stopped working indeed. Can't believe a company taking their customers for a ride.
Any company that doesn't listen to it's customers is deemed to fail. 

Comment 5 by Deleted ...@, Jul 13 2013

For the time being, the only thing you can do is revert back to a previous version of Chrome before the update. Use the Windows Restore function and disable Internet access.
Then you disable Automatic Updates in Chrome ( 
Then turn on Internet access. 

That's all you can do until a "cleaner" way of reducing the spacing.

Comment 6 by, Jul 13 2013

I understand that the command line switches are all experimental and can stop working any time, but what I don't understand is forcing non-touchscreen users (the majority?) to use touchscreen UI. Not giving an official GUI option and then removing the only unofficial way to do it is INCREDIBLY ANNOYING.

"WontFix" status seems imminent...

Comment 7 by Deleted ...@, Jul 13 2013

Got a solution: Download SRWare's Iron Browser from;1 
This is a clone of Chrome and the command line switch --disable-new-menu-style still works. I don't see the difference from Chrome. I have just installed it and works great. I will try for a few weeks, and maybe I will not come back to Chrome. Just give it a try, its free and worth it.

Comment 8 by, Jul 13 2013

#7: That is only because it is based on an older build of Chromium. Eventually it will be based on 28.x too.

Btw, you should read this about SRWare Iron:

Comment 9 by Deleted ...@, Jul 13 2013

Of course there will always be people that feel the need to blast at any form of competition. You also see this with Internet Explorer. 

Comment 10 by, Jul 13 2013

New workaround: --force-fieldtrials="NewMenuStyle/Compact2/"

Comment 11 by Deleted ...@, Jul 14 2013

Labels: Cr-UI-Browser-Bookmarks

Comment 13 by Deleted ...@, Jul 15 2013

I cannot get --force-fieldtrials="NewMenuStyle/Compact2/" to work as I was able to with the previous switch. Any other XP users had success?
I cannot believe that Google is becoming as prescriptive as is Microsoft. I have not seen a Google response yet to this issue. Are they really ignoring us?

Comment 14 by, Jul 15 2013

 Issue 260098  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 15 Deleted

Labels: M-30
Status: Untriaged
Tested the issue on Windows 7 OS. Observed that the space between each pages in Bokmakr folder is increased in M27, M28 and M29 chrome versions. Where as in M26 observed that the spacing is less.

Hence Untriaging the issue for further inputs. Please find the attached screenshot for reference.

Comment 17 by, Jul 17 2013

@13: You will not find "a Google response" to any issue on this site, you might find a comment from a Chromium developer though. Since compact style is now an experimental feature, clearly this issue is not being totally ignored (why you can't get it to work, I don't know). I would say though, that the feedback e.g. here on many (duplicated) issues on the new large spaced UI was somewhat ignored already before the "--disable-new-menu-style" was actually removed.

Comment 18 by, Jul 22 2013

The --force-fieldtrials="NewMenuStyle/Compact2/" cli switch does the job, however you need to ensure that Chrome is not running in the background when you relaunching it.

Comment 19 by Deleted ...@, Jul 27 2013

Verified --force-fieldtrials="NewMenuStyle/Compact2/" works as before, but Google really needs to make this an option in Chrome Settings.
Status: Assigned

Comment 21 by, Aug 5 2013

Status: WontFix
--disable-ZZZ is only temporary until the particular feature has been agreed upon to be the default. The new menu style is now the default.
can someone tell me how to get rid of the bright white color of the menu ? some other switch ? ==> to obtain for example the old gray color
I don't want this.

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