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Metrofy all the web with these browser extensions

File under fun. Like most of you, we spend a lot of time staring at some screens throughout the day. Typically our Windows Phone device and computer are the ones that get the most action. You love the look and feel of Windows Phone and get that same familiarity in Windows 8. But what about in the wild web? You don’t have much control over how a site looks. Or do you?

If you want to make your web browsing experience on the desktop a little more like Windows Phone check out the following extensions for Chrome. Yes, Chrome, mostly because Internet Explorer doesn’t support add-ons/extensions at the moment like Chrome does. We’ll be making Reddit and the general web a little more “Metro”.

It’s super easy to get going with making the world a little more “Metro”. To start you’ll be installing an extension which is available for either Chrome or Firefox. It’s called Stylish. Go install the Chrome version or the Firefox version.

Once you’ve installed Stylish you’ll be installing a user style. There’s two we’re looking at today. What’s a user style? Little pieces of code that make changes to style changes to websites. For example they might change the font, remove sections, tweak the display, or completely redesign the site. They’re a nice way to change up the look of an ugly site or customize something to your liking. You can browse and find a ton of them available for free to the community. Here’s the two we’ll be looking at.

Reddit – Metro

First up is a user style called Reddit – Metro. It adds some Windows Phone design to Reddit. It should work with the Reddit Enhancement Suite (highly recommended), but you might have trouble using it with “night mode”. Below is a before (left) and after (right). While it might not be for everyone, it’s fun to play around with and you can always disable it with a click of a button. Grab Reddit – Metro.

Reddit Before

Before

Reddit After

After

Metro Everything!

This user style does one thing and one thing well. It changes the font of every website to Segoe UI – the same font used throughout Windows Phone. Below is what it looks like before (left) and after (right). Again, not for everyone, but the Windows Phone Central crew has been playing around with them this afternoon and just wanted to share with you guys. Grab Metro Everything!

Metro Before

Before

Metro After

After

 

Be sure to click on the images if you're on your PC and want a closer view. Or just install the extensions yourself and give it a whirl. Have any other user styles we should check out? Share below!

Thanks Daniel R. for the tip! ;)

P.S. If you want the PSD of that awesome lead image, go here.

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AngryNil says:

So, Reddit – Metro looks worse than the default /r/windowsphone style? :/

Agent-P says:

I like how since WPCentral is already so metro-y the changes are pretty subtle.

CJ Thunder says:

Can't use this in a Metro browser is irony.

astroXP says:

The font used in Windows Phone is actually Segoe WP ;-)

Laura Knotek says:

I'll have to try this in Firefox and see how I like it.

simphf says:

Google owns chrome. I'm not interested in being spied on.

almdudler26 says:

Use firefox then

simphf says:

Thanks guy. I've been using it since 1.0. I guess what I'm driving at is the fact that we spend time bashing Google but some people still use Chrome. Maybe the DDG propaganda just scared me to much.

I use Chrome too. Sorry, IE10's engine is awesome but the interface/lack of extensions kills it for me.

Jazmac says:

These things always start out cleaver but the first ones presented quickly get old you go looking for new themes. And almost ALWAYS you end up with one nasty looking and unusually organized browser. Pretty much like an android phone. Its all good when you get it and after a month or so, it looks like a scene from HOARDERS. Just junky looking widgets and disassociated icons all over.  And chrome I will NEVER use again. EVER.