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September 5, 2008 / Upnishad

Skin Google Chrome.

We love Google Chrome. But quite frankly, the blue theme sucks on my black theme. If you’ve seen the screenshots of Google Chrome on XP vs Vista, you’ve probably noticed that the interface looks completely different. If you want to make your XP version use a slick black theme, you can do so with a custom hack.

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Installing the Custom Theme

You’ll first need to download the patched theme file from the link at the bottom. Next, open up an explorer window, and paste in the following to the address bar:

%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application.2.149.27\Themes

You should see a file called default.dll, which you want to make a copy of before you do anything else.

Next you’ll want to paste the default.dll contained in the theme’s zip file into this directory. You should be prompted to overwrite the current file (which you should have backed up).

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At this point, you can start up chrome and you’ll see the new theme.

Removing the Theme

Simply delete the new default.dll file and rename the copy back to the original defualt.dll name. That’s all there is to it. You should note that these themes will have to be re-patched every time a new version of Google Chrome is released, which could be quite often.

Download ZOMBRE Google Chrome theme from deviantart.com

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  1. soychiquitito / Sep 5 2008 9:12 pm

    “We love Google Chrome. But quite frankly, the blue theme sucks on my black theme”.

    Couldn’t agree more.
    Just what I was looking for!

  2. Payman / Sep 6 2008 1:23 pm

    Any idea on how to reduce the thickness of the omni bar and the tab bar???

  3. Carter90 / Sep 7 2008 12:03 pm

    \\Any idea on how to reduce the thickness of the omni bar and the tab bar???
    ya just maximize your window

  4. Charlotte / Sep 8 2008 2:11 pm

    Downloaded, installed, all as directed. And now for some reason my bookmark bar has disappeared?

  5. EBW / Sep 9 2008 7:20 am

    Have fun getting redirect malware after installing this!

  6. jon83 / Sep 9 2008 8:23 am

    I need help installing this i dont get it.

    help????

  7. EBW / Sep 10 2008 2:13 am

    I’m retracting my post saying this is malware – it’s not, and it’s a pretty good replacement for the horrible color scheme in the original app.

    To the guy asking how to install it – all you do is replace the default.dll file at the path listed below with the new one (making a back-up of the original), couldn’t be easier.

    C:\Documents and Settings\%YOUR USER NAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application.2.149.29\Themes

    • ,mkikm / Aug 8 2009 7:48 pm

      i still dont get it plzz give a step by step explanation

  8. EBW / Sep 10 2008 2:21 am

    Oh yeah, you need to disable hidden files and folders in the folder options to get to this path.

  9. g3unes / Sep 25 2008 1:03 am

    thanks! you just made my day šŸ˜€

  10. xp3 / Oct 29 2008 4:09 am

    Hi, you can find more themes for Google chrome in http://chrome-themes.blogspot.com

  11. J / Nov 2 2008 7:37 pm

    Well it used to work, but since the update to 0.3.154.9, not so much. Just keeps reporting chrome crash

  12. LGRM / Nov 26 2008 12:06 pm

    Themes for 2.149.27 such as this doesn’t work on 3.154.9 onwards. The interface just shows up as red.
    But those that work with 3.154.9 works for 4.154.25. I’m using Chrome ver4.~

    I hope this one gets an update.
    Great theme, but I can’t use it. Not yet.
    Thanks.

  13. jenny / Feb 3 2009 2:57 am

    Yeah, mine just showed up red as well. šŸ˜¦
    Anyone know where we can download themes for a more updated version of Chrome?

  14. Author / Jul 16 2009 6:51 pm

    @Thanks all the reader. Keep up the support. I am a bit busy so extremely sorry for the delayed reply.

  15. zeu-spc / Jan 24 2010 2:35 am

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