How to Fix A Google Chrome Black Screen Issue

The error can occur with Windows 10, 8, and 7

Some people using Google Chrome experience a black screen on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 devices. This is a known bug and fairly simple to fix.

The steps provided in this article to resolve the Google Chrome black screen issue are applicable for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 devices.

If you encounter this bug, try the following solutions to solve this issue.

Disable Google Chrome Extensions

  1. Open Google Chrome.

    Google Chrome main page
  2. Click Menu > More tools > Extensions to get to the extensions page.

    Choosing Extensions from Google menu
  3. Turn the slider buttons for all your extensions to the Off position (the slider and its dot will turn gray).

    Sliding Extension buttons to OFF position
  4. Close Chrome, then restart it.

    There might be times when you have to force quit the application in order for the changes to take effect.

  5. Launch Google Chrome once again and confirm the black screen issue has been addressed.

Disable Chrome Flags

Another solution for the black screen problem of Google Chrome is to disable the following flags in your Chrome browser:

  • GPU compositing on all pages
  • Threaded compositing
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  1. Open Google Chrome, type chrome://flags/ in the URL bar and press Enter.

    Google Chrome flags page
  2. Ensure the Chrome flags listed here are Disabled.

    • GPU compositing on all pages
    • Threaded compositing
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  3. Close Chrome, then restart it.

Resize The Browser Window

You can resize the browser window by clicking the Restore Down icon next to the X in the top right corner of the browser window, Then just click and hold the edges of the window to resize it as you like.

This is only a temporary fix. If you only resize the window the issue might happen again.

Run The Browser In Compatibility Mode

You can run Google Chrome in compatibility mode but, first, you will have to create a shortcut if you don't have one for Google Chrome already. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Chrome shortcut and select Properties from the menu.

    Selecting Properties from the Chrome shortcut menu
  2. Click the Compatibility tab in the Properties window.

  3. Check the Run this program in compatibility mode for: checkbox and select the desired version of the operating system.

    Selecting Compatibility mode in Google Chrome Properties

    Most users select Windows 7 if they are using a newer version of the Windows operating system. However, if you are already running Windows 7, attempt to run it in an even older version.

  4. Launch the Chrome browser using the modified shortcut.

Disable Hardware Acceleration

When hardware acceleration is on, the most intensive tasks within the browser are handled by the GPU which frees up the CPU usage so that other program can run better. However, that puts most of the load on the browser. Therefore, if you are experiencing the black screen window you can go ahead and disable the hardware acceleration setting in your Chrome browser.

Reset Chrome To Its Default Settings

If you are still experiencing the black screen issue, then you can always reset your Chrome browser to its default settings to ensure it is not a configuration issue.

By performing a reset, all your extensions, bookmarks and browsing history will be removed.