Google Chrome Themes: How to Change Them

Follow this step-by-step guide to personalize your Chrome browser

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Google Chrome themes 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 simple interface you can use to locate and install new themes.

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 located in the upper right corner of the browser window.

  2. Select the option labeled Settings in the drop-down menu to open Chrome's Settings screen.

  3. Go the Appearance section in Settings, where you can do two things:

    • Click Reset to default theme to return to Chrome's default theme.
    • Click Themes (or the arrow next to Themes) to open the Chrome Web Store with a window of your current theme choice.
  4. That's it!

Installing a Chrome Theme

That window of your current theme choice may include links to other themes by the same developer across the bottom. Click on any one to preview it. Click the X in the upper right corner to close the window and go to the Chrome Web Store.

The Chrome Web Store offers 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 search the Chrome Web Store for themes:

  1. Click Themes in the left column of the Chrome Web Store screen.

  2. Scroll through the many thumbnail images provided or search on a topic, clicking on any of them to see a larger preview version of the theme, along with additional information, reviews, and price (most are free).

  3. When you find a theme you want to use, click Add to Chrome in the upper right corner of the preview window that contains the larger version of the theme.

  4. If the theme you are installing is not free, the Add to Chrome button is replaced with a Buy For button. Click it, enter your payment information, and select Buy.

The next new screen you open in your Chrome browser will contain the theme you chose. If you aren't happy with the results, return to the Settings screen and choose Reset to default theme.