Browser appearance and new tab view


Note. Themes uploaded from the Chrome Web Store are not compatible with Yandex.Browser.

By default, Yandex Browser elements (tabs, SmartBox etc) are displayed on a light background. To select a dark or color theme:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to Interface.
  3. In the Color theme section, select the appropriate theme.
Restriction. If you have selected a dark theme and want the browser to to pick up only backgrounds that go well with it, enable the Use only dark backgrounds when the dark theme is enabled option.

Side panel

By default, the side panel is pinned to the left border of the browser. Use sidebar to:

Browser background

You can use the following media as a background:

To select a browser background:

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Click Backgrounds gallery under the Tableau to the right.
  3. Select a photo or video from an album.
  4. Click Use this background.
Note. You can configure your browser to randomly alternate images or videos from your Background gallery once a day.
  • For one album. Select the desired album in the Backgrounds gallery and click Alternate these backgrounds.
  • For all albums. In the Backgrounds gallery, click Alternate in the All backgrounds section.
Start or stop animation

Animated backgrounds look great, but they can run down your battery. To avoid this:

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Click the icon under the Tableau on the right.
  3. On the background preview, click .
Animation when the battery is low

When your battery is low, animation turns off automatically. If you want to continue playing animation regardless of how low your battery is:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. In the Power saving mode section, disable the Disable video playing when battery is low option.
Playback in high resolution

Animations play back in high resolution by default. If this is slowing down Yandex Browser:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to Interface.
  3. In the New tab section, disable the Use high-resolution animated background option.

Widgets on a new tab

Elements on a new tab provide quick access to information most often viewed in the browser. On a new tab, you can:

  • Find whatever you need on the internet.
  • Learn the news and weather forecasts.
  • Find out if anything happened in your neighborhood.
  • View traffic and and see what's on TV.
  • Read Yandex Zen.

You can customize the number and contents of the elements. To configure new tab:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to Interface.
  3. Under New tab, configure the necessary elements:
    Right-side notifications

    Widgets for Yandex Zen, Yandex.Local, Yandex.Weather, Yandex.Traffic, accident alerts, EMERCOM notifications, and others are available in Yandex Browser to the right of the Tableau. To select the widgets you want to see:

    1. Click Right-side notifications settings.
    2. Select the desired widgets.
    Widgets for news, weather, and traffic

    Widgets for services that users view most often are displayed under the Tableau. If you don't want to see them, disable Show news, weather, and traffic in new tabs.

    Ad banner

    When you open a new tab, an ad banner is displayed under the Tableau. To turn it off:

    1. Click Ad settings.
    2. In the Home page and new Yandex Browser tab, disable the Show ads option.
    Yandex Zen recommendations feed

    The Yandex Zen recommendations feed is a personal collection of news, articles, videos, blog posts, and so on. If you don't want to see it, disable Show Yandex Zen recommendations feed.

Problems with the browser appearance

Background animation doesn't work

Background animation may not work due to the following:

Animation is paused
  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Click the icon under the Tableau on the right.
  3. On the background preview, click .
The video card driver is outdated

Update the driver for each video card that is installed on your computer:

  1. Click Start → Dashboard → Device dispatcher.
  2. Open Video adapters. A list of video cards appears.
  3. Right-click the name of your video card.
  4. In the context menu, select Update drivers.
Hardware acceleration is problematic

Try turning the hardware accelerator on or off:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to System.
  3. Go to the Performance section. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is on, turn it off. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is off, turn it on.
  4. Restart the browser to apply these changes.
An extension is blocking animation
  1. Temporarily disable all extensions:  → Extensions.
  2. If your animation re-appears, try going through your extensions one at a time to find the blocking one.
  3. Disable the problematic extension. You may want to let the developers know about the problem.
  4. Clear your cache so that the browser doesn't load a copy of the page that was rendered earlier and contains the blocked animation.

If these recommendations don't help, contact our support staff using the feedback form. Describe the situation in detail, and attach a screenshot if possible.

The background doesn't change on the Tableau page

Try deleting the File System folder in the browser profile directory and then check whether the problem persists. To open the browser profile directory:

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

  1. Open the file search field in Windows.
  2. Copy

    [%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Yandex\YandexBrowser\User Data\Default\] (without the square brackets)

    and paste it into the file search box.

  3. Press Enter.
Note. Microsoft Windows XP and Vista operating systems are not supported since April 2017.