- by Martin Kaba
- on Fri Sep 5, 2008
Wow, Google can take all the time it needs before making available API’s or extensions for it new browser Google Chrome, in the mean time on the web, all types of hacks on the Google Chrome are popping up. Recently I found on the ChromeSpot Forum , a so-called Chrome Automatic Theme Switcher. This little application changes the skin of your Google Chrome browser. The application bundles up three ready to use skins — skins, that the author of this application found on the net, so you can make yours. If you find other themes then just place them in \ReleaseV2.1\Themes folder and use the Chrome Automatic Theme Switcher to upload.
The Altaf Sayani blog offers Google Chrome skins in the form of a little default.dll file you’ll have to download and manually configure. Configuring consists of replacing the default default.dll file in the
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\0.2.149.27\Themes\ folder for XP users or in the
C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\0.2.149.27\Themes\ folder for Vista users.
It might be necessary to change your Folder Options to “Show hidden files and folders” to view this folder.
[Update 1: 20 July 2009]
The Automatic Theme Switcher for Chromium is now know as the XChrome Theme Manager. You can download it from its new website: XChrome — but its practically useless. If you really want to try it, find it here: [http://chromespot.com/downloads/]
Google Chrome for Windows XP is now version at version 18.104.22.168
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\22.214.171.124\Themes and most of the themes out there don’t work on it. Always backup your original default.dll file before trying out any theme.
[Update 2: August 6, 2009]
Google releases official Themes for Google Chrome. You can get them at the Google Chrome Theme Gallery, but make sure you have Google Chrome 3 or Chromium Browser 3.0.x.x; Chromium is the open-source project behind Google Chrome.