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How to Easily Create Your Own Google Chrome Theme


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 –

    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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