Titles of Tabs unreadable in new update

With the new update the tab titles have gone from a black font to a white font that becomes unreadable… Would be monumentally beneficial if we can turn this text from white to black and just change the shade of the inactive tab bars

When Brave is not the active window the tabs become more readable. This would be the most ideal look.

It seems like it is catered towards dark mode… I am not a fan of dark mode, but it does look readable at least.

Dark mode is slightly better but just marginally (first photo). And when Brave is not the active window tabs essentially disappear (second photo).

A community member just posted a solution workaround to this problem that worked for him. Maybe it will work for you!

Edit: Use the link below for a workaround in brave://settings/manageProfile that does not involve changing OS settings (post #20 below).


this worked for me as well. thanks for posting it here for me to see. i appreciate it

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@sirmusk Glad it worked! You might want to mark your post as the solution since it worked.

Unless you think they should change how they implement new version updates in light of that system setting being toggled on… I wonder if that is something that could be addressed programing wise?

i personally think it should be in the programming now in the windows settings considering this wasn’t an issue in any version over the last 18-24 months


I tend to agree with you. Something had to have changed between last update and this one and it was probably something to do with the programming code! Of course, whether this was a Brave issue or a Chromium issue is another story. I wonder if people using Chrome (and not Brave) are experiencing this issue. Would kinda narrow it down. lol

Dark mode is the mode that doesn’t work for me. For others its light mode. Changing the windows color theme is not the solution, as that does not work for me. The issue started with the latest Brave update

Thank you for reaching out with this. Not entirely sure how to reproduce the issue though — can anyone provide exact steps for me so I can test?

I don’t know what’s going on but it is super super annoying.
The issue started yesterday and it’s still there today. All my new tabs’ text is super bright. Great. Impossible to work properly. Gonna change my browser if it’s not fixed soon.


Pretty incredible that this change went through. All non-focused tabs with this configuration is unreadable and breaks visual accessibility. Hope this gets sorted out and fixed quickly.

Reproduce by having these settings in Windows:

and these settings in Brave Profile:

The fix mentioned in an earlier post is not a valid solution, as toggling the checkbox “Title bars and windows borders” off affects every single window in Windows.


It started for me when it updated to latest version on launch.

I’ve been using dark mode for a few months without issue, text was white against the dark tabs. Now the text is black and invisible. Screenshot:

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Having the same problem! I appreciate the workaround in Chocoholic’s linked post but I definitely wouldn’t consider that a fix. If Brave respects the Windows theme’s text color it should also respect the rest of the Windows theme. It can either do both or do neither, but one and not the other is a bug.

Ouch. Sorry about that and sorry to all the others who tried this. I posted that fix in several topics and several users reported it worked for them. The users who said it worked didn’t mention it changed everything in windows too! It isn’t something that I’m experiencing so wasn’t able to test on my end.

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This seems to be an effect for some users after they update to the new version. The workaround mentioned by @fictive of disabling that windows setting is in the link below. And, as has been pointed out, changing that affects all the system windows although it does allow you to read tab text in Brave. I don’t think anyone knows exact steps to recreate this issue (yet).

Edit: Updated Google Chrome and I do not have an issue there either. Has anyone with the issue updated Chrome and does the issue occur there also?

Version 1.37.109 Chromium: 100.0.4896.60 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Windows 11 21H2
Titles suddenly unreadable, light white on grey tabs

Repeat of my post elsewhere.

If it’s any use, I may have figured out what is happening.

I had a look at the “chrome” around the edges of various program windows.

I think Brave tabs may be picking up the font colour from the Windows system palette, but setting the background to a fixed colour.

Hence the mismatch and hence some people see different things.

Hello all …
I found a very good workaround for this problem I think.
You have just to choose another color than the default one and then the color of the title of tabs will be black and the windows colors config will have no effect on brave.
take a look :