How to Customise Google Chrome Browser.
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Your internet browser is probably something on your computer or laptop you spend a lot of time using, so why not make it feel more personal, unique, and add some functions you may not have thought existed. If you are using Google Chrome it's easy to customize. Below we'll discuss are few different ways you can modify Chrome, using themes and Installing extensions.
If you are not familiar with Google Chrome it is a freeware web browser developed by Google. First released in 2008 it is now available on most, if not all operating systems, from Windows to macOS, even Linux. Chrome is also available for download on Android and iOS devices and can be setup to sync your computer, or laptop’s settings with your mobile device. Unsurprisingly Google Chrome is currently ranked as the most used web browser worldwide, holding slightly more than 60% of the market, the next player in the game being, Firefox holding a mere 9 to 16% of market share.
Customising the appearance of Chrome on Windows.
There are so many fun and great looking ways to customise the look and feel of Google’s Chrome browser. The first way is the easiest and offers a lot of options without having to do very much, deciding on a theme and look for your browser is going to be the hardest part. To get started open Chrome and in the top right-hand corner you will see “3 Vertical lines”, just below the close window “x”, click this, then go to “Settings” Inside this menu you will see “Appearance” click on the tab that says get themes, this is where the endless options for themes that can be found, to change the look of your browser. Alternatively, you can do a Google search for chrome themes, which will bring you to the same location.
To change the base Chrome theme once you are at the website, click on the theme you like, read a little about it if you could be bothered, then click "Add to Chrome", the blue button in the top righthand corner of the window. After a few moments of checking, the tab will change to green saying it has been added, the new theme will be applied to your browser window without the need to restart.
As well as customising the look of your browser there is also an awesome way to customise the look of certain websites. Go back the same place you picked out your theme. Just above the themes menu, there is a menu called extensions, move on up to this menu. Under the extensions menu, you can find endless little Add-ons for your Chrome browser. For now though we are going to search for an extension called “Stylish”
This great little add-on lets you set custom themes for websites. Once you have installed “Stylish” a little icon with the symbol will now be available at the top right-hand side of your browser page. (shown as a large white S) To start using it simply go to a website that you wish to set a theme for, Facebook, Google, Youtube, it doesn’t really matter, a good portion of the popular sites you visit will have a good selection of themes available. Again the hardest part will be finding something that you like. (I usually like to black pages out, as it’s easier on your eyes when using in a dark environment). Click the Icon and go down to “find styles for this site”. Chrome will open a new page and show you all the available theme options, you can also search if you like. Again just click on the one you like and install. Quick, easy and hassle free.
A quick look at few Handy Chrome “Extensions”
Chrome has endless of “Extensions” available for download to make things easier, or change the layout and function of just about anything, if you think it might exist, just try search for it, there is a possibility someone has already had the same thought.
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