Google Chrome Tab and Bookmark icons pixelated, blurry or weird

Google Chrome is one of the most popular names when it comes to a good browsing experience. It is user-friendly and convenient and offers advanced security features.

Its ability to open multiple tabs at once and switch amongst websites also makes it a great choice for both personal and professional use.
Google Chrome Tab and Bookmark icons pixelated, blurry or weird
However, on the flip side, it is not uncommon for a web browser to come across some bugs and issues. For instance, we recently covered an issue where the HTML print preview was broken in Chrome.

Google Chrome Tab and Bookmark icons weird

Some users have reported (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) that Google Chrome’s latest update (v109) has caused some issues with the display of tab and bookmark icons, causing them to appear pixelated, blurry, or weird.

Google Chrome blurry

Users have taken to social media and forums to express their concerns and seek a solution.

The cause of the problem seems to be a bug in newer versions of Chrome, which is more prominent while using the light theme icons.

Dont worry, you are not alone with this problem. It started after the last update in Google Chrome (109.0.5414.75) most likely. On a light theme icons are glitches worse then on a dark theme.

Changing ANGLE does not give any result, but turn off hardware acceleration helps. Any other browser with hardware acceleration enabled does not have this problem. It remains to wait for the fix.

Some have also reported that the browser is acting weird for them and is showing multiple colors, confusing patterns, and messed up pixels on many Google extensions.

Google chrome weird
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The issue is not only annoying but is also hampering the everyday working of the affected users.

Potential workaround

Google is yet to acknowledge the issue of the Chrome Tab and Bookmark icons being weird. However, we have come across a workaround that appears to help the majority of users.

Aparently a bug on newer Versions of Chrome most prominent when using light-mode…
Going to “chrome://flags” (just type it into the adress bar and hit ‘enter’) and setting ‘Force Color Profile’ to ‘sRGB’ did the trick for me.
(Props to user Realestaste from reddit)

By going to chrome://flags (typing it into the address bar and hitting ‘enter’), and setting ‘Force Color Profile’ to ‘sRGB’, the icons should display correctly.

A Google Product expert is asking the affected users to share their feedback by visiting this link and using ‘Alt + Shift + i’ command. A window like the following will appear for the users to share the feedback.

Google chrome product expert

It’s worth noting that the workaround is not a permanent fix but can be used to regain the normal display of their tab and bookmark icons.

Having said that, we hope that Google takes note of the issue and provides a solution so as to help the affected users.

Until then, keep tabs and we will update the article with further developments, if any.

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