How To Change Your Google Chrome Background – Google Chrome is simple, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Changing the overall look with a new theme is one way to spice it up. You can customize the New Tab background and the colors of your tabs, bookmarks bar, and more.
This method, however, does not work in Microsoft Edge’s Chromium-based version, nor does it change the appearance of Google’s website. This method is only for Google Chrome, the best browser available right now, and its New Tab page.
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Here’s how to change the background of your Google account. However, before continuing, make sure Chrome is up to date, as the following instructions are for Chrome version 89.
Make use of a theme.
We’re going to install a theme that you can get from the Chrome Web Store. A custom image appears on the New Tab background, and new colors are splashed throughout the browser in most themes.
Part 1: Locate the Theme Configuration
To begin, open Google Chrome and look for the Theme option.
Step 1: In the top-right corner, click the three-dot Customize and Control Google Chrome icon.
Step 2: From the drop-down menu, choose Settings.
Step 3: From the left-hand menu, choose Appearance.
Step 4: On the right, click the Theme. This action will open the Chrome Web Store in a new tab.
Note: You can also get to this option by typing chrome:/settings/Appearance into your browser’s address bar.
Part 2: Decide on a theme
The Themes section of the Chrome Web Store opens in a new tab. You can browse the store’s many available themes here, which are organized into broad categories. The first image you see is usually the one that will appear as your New Tab background, so you can use that as a guide when deciding which one to use. These are some of our favorite themes if you need some assistance.
Each category displays eight of the most popular themes for that content type, but by clicking the View All button, you can expand that category. If you only want to see themes created by Google, go to the Categories menu on the left and select By Google from the drop-down menu.
Once you’ve decided on a theme, look over the preview images and user reviews. The support section will also tell you about any issues (if any) that users have had with the Theme. More themes by that developer can be found by checking the Related tab.
Remember that most themes extend their colors and patterns across the entire browser window and tabs, so check out the whole look before installing.
Part 3: Install it in Google Chrome
Click the blue Add to Chrome button if you find something you like. This button turns white and reads Added to Chrome as Chrome applies the Theme. A blue Undo button is also available for removing the Theme.
Your new Theme automatically changes the Appearance of your browser. Tabs may or may not change color, and you should see the Theme’s primary image when you open a new tab.
Check to see if you like the overall Theme — you might like the image, but not how it affects your tabs or the colors it adds to the browser. If that’s the case, use the Undo button or return to the Appearance menu in the Settings menu to restore the default theme.
Be cautious about what you install in Chrome, even though Google claims to scan everything uploaded to the Chrome Web Store. Stick to a Google-developed theme and set a custom background image for your New Tab. Non-Google themes aren’t always malicious, but you never know.
Chrome can be customized.
Perhaps none of the themes appeal to you, or you’d prefer to use a personal photo instead. This section will show you how to add a custom image, while the next section will show you how to change colors without installing a theme.
Part 1: Choose a unique image
Let’s start by installing a custom image that you or Google have provided.
Step 1: Open a new tab and go to the bottom-right corner of the page to the Customize button.
Step 2: The Background category is open by Default in an in-browser window. Select a background category to see all of the available options, or click Upload From Device to use an image from your computer. If you choose the latter, Chrome will open a pop-up window (File Explorer/Finder/Files) where you can find and select the image you want.
Step 3: If you used a Google preset background, select your preferred background and click the Done button to complete your change.
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The image now appears on your screen when you open a new tab in Chrome. You can remove it at any time by clicking the Customize button — in this case, it’s just a Pen icon — and selecting No Background, then Done.
Part 2: Pick a color scheme and a theme
You can choose a background image or customize your entire Chrome layout if you want a more personalized look. If you’re not sure which Theme you want to use, try these steps:
Step 1: To customize Chrome, open a new tab and click the Customize button in the bottom-right corner.
Step 2: An in-browser window should appear in the Background category. From there, on the left-hand side, select the Color and Theme tab.
Step 3: Choose your favorite color swatch from a selection of complementary color swatches.
Step 4: To save your changes, select Done. The results will appear in your browser right away.
Return to the color swatches menu and click the swatch labeled Default to remove your chosen Theme (it should be the second one from the left on the top row). After that, click Done.