Change your looks

Out of the box (or after a download), your web browser is pretty bland looking.  I understand why; it’s the goal to make sure that the browser will work on every computer that it’s installed.

For many, that’s enough and life goes on.

default

For the rest of us, you know, the curious types, we may want to do things just a bit differently.

So, typically it’s off to your browser’s “store” to check out alternatives.  In this case, I’m working in Google Chrome so I head to the Chrome store.  And, there are a whack of them!

You’re not limited to the store; there are other places that have collections as well.  One such location is ThemeBeta.  Oh, so many themes to add to the Chrome Store collection.

You could change to a different theme every day and have something new to look at daily.  What caught my eye at ThemeBeta was a Theme Creator.

Creator

Look at the options to truly make things yours!  Images, generate your own colours, oh my!  Of course, I had to dig in and play around.

Those that know me know that green is my favourite colour.  Off I went to play around with frames, toolbars, backgrounds, …  Until I got it just right.

green

That’s certainly more colourful than the default.

How does the magic work?  It’s actually pretty easy to create a theme and apply it to the browser without ever looking under the hood.  But, there is the option to download your effort to take a look.

JSON Editor Online is a handy tool to view the code online.

{
“manifest_version”: 2,
“theme”: {
“images”: {
“theme_frame”: “images/theme_frame.png”,
“theme_toolbar”: “images/theme_toolbar.png”,
“theme_tab_background”: “images/theme_tab_background.png”
},
“colors”: {
“frame”: [
0,
0,
0
],
“toolbar”: [
213,
208,
199
],
“tab_text”: [
19,
17,
27
],
“tab_background_text”: [
0,
0,
0
],
“bookmark_text”: [
27,
20,
18
],
“ntp_background”: [
204,
255,
197
],
“ntp_text”: [
0,
0,
0
],
“button_background”: [
0,
0,
0,
0
]
},
“tints”: {
“buttons”: [
0,
0,
0
]
},
“properties”: {
“ntp_background_alignment”: “top”,
“ntp_background_repeat”: “no-repeat”
}
},
“name”: “ThemeBeta.com”,
“version”: “1”,
“description”: “”
}

So, don’t settle for the defaults.  Add a little colour to your browsing experience.

Author: dougpete

The content of this blog is generated by whatever strikes my fancy at any given point. It might be computers, weather, political, or something else in nature. I experiment and comment a lot on things so don't take anything here too seriously; I might change my mind a day later but what you read is my thought and opinion at the time I wrote it! My personal website is at: http://www.dougpeterson.ca Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dougpete I'm bookmarking things at: http://www.diigo.com/user/dougpete