MAKING GOOGLE CHROME ON THE DELL VENUE PRO 8 MORE TOUCH FRIENDLY

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I recently got the dell venue pro 8 which runs windows 8, unlike iOS and Android devices which are fully touched optimized certain parts of Windows 8 are fully touch optimized like the desktop environment. Microsoft has done a very good job at optimizing certain apps on their OS for touch but some apps like the chrome browser aren't optimized for touch at first (even relaunching chrome in windows 8 mode doesn't do much in making  more usable.
Using the icons on the bookmark bar is hit and miss most times and require a good deal of hand eye coordination to get accurately each time.

  • This could easily be fixed by entering chrome://flags into the omnibox.
  • Locating the HIDPI Support option on the page.
  • And then selecting the Enabled option
  • And relaunching the browser.
As you can see from the second screenshot below the icons are larger and easier to select.

Default

Chrome after changing the HIDPI option
Overall if you are looking for a better touch optimized browser for your touch enabled windows tablet you might be better off sticking to Firefox which has a windows 8 mode and a touch optimized desktop mode or Internet explorer