Google redesigned the user interface of Chrome browser with the version 69 release. There are good looking features like rounded tabs and option to set the background image. If looking the white background bores you then learn how to change Google Chrome background without any extensions.
Updating Chrome Version to 69 or Greater
First go to the URL ‘chrome://settings/help’. Chrome will automatically search for the updates and install the latest version. Ensure that your Chrome version is 69 or greater.
How to Change Chrome Browser Background?
Open a new tab in Chrome and look for a gear icon located on bottom right corner as shown below.
Click on the gear icon and then click ‘Chrome backgrounds’ option.
You will see a popup showing the collection of background images.
There are many collections available like landscape, seascapes, art, cityscapes, life, textures, earth, geometric shapes and solid colors. Select any of your preferred collection to view list of background images.
Select the image and then click on ‘Done’ button to set the image as a background image for your browser.
Removing the Background
Any time you can remove the background image. Just click on the gear icon and choose ‘Restore default background’. This will remove the image and restore the white color default background.
Uploading Custom Background
Click on the gear icon and choose ‘Upload an image’ option. Select the picture from your computer and click ‘Open’ button. Now you can see the uploaded image is set as a background for Chrome.
Once you set the background, Chrome will open all the new tabs with the background image.
Adding Background with Extensions
The default background option is simple to replace the background without any additional functions. If you like to have more functions like a dashboard or theme then go to Chrome web store. Search for ‘background’ using the search box. You can filter extensions as well as theme.
Let us try ‘Moment – #1 Personal Dashboard for Chrome‘ extension by clicking on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button.
After installing, you will see an icon next to the address bar and the new tabs will instantly start showing a background image.
This extension has lot of features which you can access by clicking on the three dots button on the lower right corner.
- Set background image from large number of collections.
- You can set video, color or custom gallery as background.
- The annoying history thumbnails will be removed and neatly arranged inside ‘Hub’ option as Bookmarks.
- You can also take notes and plan to do list activities.
- Extension also removes the Google brand on top of the search box.
Change Background with Themes
If you want to change the complete look of Chrome then look for themes in Chrome web store. You can find thousands of free themes in different categories. All the themes will basically change the background and disable the default background change option. Below is how Chrome will look like with the theme Adventure Time – Tree Fort 3.
Remember, extensions and themes offer large options but they impact the browsing speed and load the pages slower. If you want to have safe and fast browsing experience then strict to the default options of Chrome.