How to Properly Install Custom Google Chrome Themes

By James Lee Phillips

Custom Chrome themes can transform your browser's appearance if installed correctly.
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Google makes installing themes in the Chrome browser easy enough for the novice computer user. All you have to do is go to the Web Store, select the themes section and choose the theme you want to install. However, there are a myriad of custom themes for Chrome that aren't offered by the Google Web Store, and getting them applied to your browser takes a few extra steps that may not be intuitive to all users.

Step 1

Launch Google Chrome.

Step 2

Right-click the Windows "Start" button and select "Open Windows Explorer." Navigate to the Downloads folder, where the themes would be saved if downloaded. Custom themes are saved with the ".crx" file extension.

Step 3

Drag and drop the custom theme file onto your browser window.

Step 4

Click "Add" on the Confirm New Theme dialog box.