How to run Chrome in Metro mode on a Surface Pro

If you’re like most Microsoft users, you like the hardware and software that the company makes but aren't too pleased with the performance of Internet Explorer as your web browser. This undoubtedly holds true on your Microsoft Surface tablet, and while it may seem like the Windows operating system doesn’t let you use any browsers other than IE, you can run Google Chrome on your tablet by taking the steps below.

Step 1: When you are in Metro mode (also known just as “Windows 8 mode”) on your Microsoft Surface, you won’t be able to use Chrome unless you set it up as your default browser. So that’s what we have to do here. Start by opening Chrome in a mode that isn’t Metro mode, and open the Chrome browser. Open the Chrome menu—the button with three horizontal lines that appears next to your address bar—and select “Settings.” You’ll see an option to “Make Google Chrome my default browser.” Tap the button.

Step 2: Google Chrome should now be your default browser, but close the program just to be sure. Then relaunch it—still not in Metro mode—and return to the Chrome menu. You should see an option to “Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 mode.” This is what you are looking for. Tap the button, and Chrome should open in Metro mode!


Chrome looks and works great in Windows 8, but it can be tough to figure out how to make the browser actually work on your Surface Pro tablet. By using the tips above, you should be able to sort out the issue quickly and efficiently.