Adding your own themes to Chrome is the best way by which the browser can be customized. The themes used may modify the interface entirely or partially. By using the official themes on web store, you can only alter the background images and colors, but not the icons or any other interface elements in Chrome.
Fortunately, Google has created an application, My Chrome Theme, which enables you to add your personal touch to an installed theme of your choice. Once installed, the application can be easily loaded from Chrome’s new tab page or by typing chrome://apps/
The process involves three steps:
- Selecting the image for your theme
From your system, select the image with appropriate dimensions fitting the display or browser window. Although large images are not shown in full in small-sized browser windows, you get choices to adjust the image position like center it, fit it on screen, or customize dimensions. You can apply numerous effects to the theme image including inverted, sepia, or posterized.
- Coloring the theme
Four modifications in color can be done in total including:
- The background color
- The border color in Chrome
- The background tabs’ color
- The active tab’s color
- Naming the theme
Provide a name to the theme you have created along with an optional description, which will be noticeable if the theme is shared. If you choose to install the theme, the extension file is produced with the installation taking place in the displayed prompt. The theme colors take effect automatically once the installation is completed.
Press Ctrl-t to open a new tab page, where you can view the functional background image. If you want to share the theme via direct links or on Google+, use the share option.
The new theme can be reset to the default Chrome theme from chrome://settings/ where you need to click “reset to default theme” under the caption “appearance”.