Google Chrome Themes: How To Change Them

Step-by-step guide to personalizing your browser in Chrome

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This tutorial is only intended for users running the Google Chrome browser on Chrome OS, LinuxMac OS X, macOS Sierra or Windows operating systems.

Google Chrome themes can be used to modify the look and feel of your browser, altering the appearance of everything from your scrollbar to the background color of your tabs. The browser provides a very simple interface to locate and install new themes. This tutorial explains how to use that interface.

How To Find Themes In Chrome Settings

First, you need to open your Chrome browser. Then follow these steps:

  1. Click on the main menu button, represented by three vertically-aligned dots and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window.
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings. Chrome's Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. 
  3. In the Appearance section, you can do two things:
    • Click Reset to default theme to return to Chrome's default theme.
    • To obtain a new theme, click Get Themes.

About Google Chrome Web Store Themes

The Chrome Web Store should now be displayed in a new browser tab or window, offering a wide variety of themes available for download. Searchable, sortable and arranged by category, each theme is accompanied by a preview image as well as its price (usually free) and user rating.

To see more about a particular theme, including the number of users who have downloaded it as well as the user reviews that comprise the rating, simply click on its name or thumbnail image. A new window will appear, overlaying your browser and containing everything you need to know about the theme which you selected.

Chrome Theme Installation Process

Click on the ADD TO CHROME button, located in the upper right-hand corner of this window.

If the theme you are installing is not free, this button will be replaced with a BUY FOR button. Once clicked, your new theme should be installed and activated in seconds.

If you do not like the way it looks and would like to revert back to Chrome's previous appearance, return to Chrome's Settings interface and select the Reset to default theme button.