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How to Easily Create Your Own Google Chrome Theme

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Google’s Chrome Web Store offers a variety of themes for Chrome, which include background images for your new tab page and custom colors. Even better — you can create your own theme in just a few minutes.

This official Google app allows you to quickly and easily create a custom Google Chrome theme, complete with a custom background image and color scheme. You can even share the themes you create.

Getting Started

We’ll be using the My Chrome Theme app from Google for this – click the link and install it from the Chrome Web Store. It will appear on your new tab page, where your other installed Chrome apps do.

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Choosing an Image

The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a background image for your new tab page. You can either upload an image file or capture an image from your webcam.

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If you’re uploading an image, you can choose a personal photo or any other type of wallpaper image, such as one of the images from our 100+ wallpaper collections. The below image is from our grasslands collection.

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Adding Colors

On the next screen, you’ll be able to choose separate colors for the frame, toolbar, and background color. Of course, this is a Google app, so there’s an “I’m feeling lucky” button that will automatically select some appropriate-looking colors for you. The automatically selected colors will attempt to match the background image you selected earlier.

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Installing Your Theme

Once you’re done, your theme will be generated and you’ll see an installation button that will add it to your browser. You’ll also get a link you can use to share it with others – just send them the link via email, instant message, Facebook, or anywhere else you can copy-paste a link. Of course, since this is Google, you can also share your custom theme on Google+ with a single click.

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Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.

  • Published 01/20/13

Comments (10)

  1. n.V.

    I am not able to add a picture to my theme and not save it

  2. Chemical

    I am also having trouble with this app, it is now un-installed.

  3. DW

    So, is this for Chrome the web browser, Chrome the OS or some other same named Google Chrome thing? Google has so convoluted their programs/Operating Systems even I don’t know what they are talking about.

  4. TC

    Google chrome caused me to lose everything I had including my main page. I had to reload almost all my apps and search for all my old downloads. I deleted it as soon as I could. Don’t these YOUNG PROGRAM DEVELOPERS test this stuff before they release it?

  5. Linda Gargiulo

    Can you use this only as a new tab page? I want to keep my Awesome New Tab Page as my home page and design this for me new tab page, but don’t want to lose everything I already set up on my homepage now.

  6. jchb

    Same issue as Chemical mentioned. Can’t upload a picture. App un-installed as it does not work.

  7. MJ

    I used Theme Creator after failing out with the My Chrome Theme app. Worked fine once I resampled the picture I was using to a small enough size.

  8. GeekBrit

    Yup, it works – even gives you a link so you can share your new theme with others – https://www.mychrometheme.com/t/3nzwr6xgqr7xwls9j5c1etokn

    Fun, and simple to use.

  9. kridjiti

    how do u do it??
    how do i save the pic??

  10. Cooper

    You guys are scaring me, I just bought my new Samsung Chromebook a few days ago!

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