How to Change Themes in Google Chrome

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Appearance Settings

google chrome themes
Scott Orgera

This tutorial is only intended for users running the Google Chrome browser on Chrome OS, Linux, Mac OS X, 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 utilize that interface.

First, open your Chrome browser. Click on Chrome's main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. 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.

Towards the top of the Settings page is the Appearance section. To return Chrome's display to its default state, click on the button labeled Reset to default theme. To obtain a new theme, click on the Get Themes button.

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. To begin the installation process first 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.