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Saturday, July 12, 2014

How to Get a Nice Google Chrome Background

Okay, change of plans. I may not use every single idea from the 101 Blog Post Ideas post (but I will supplement with others), I may add from other sources (in addition), and I will probably not do the items in order.

There, now that's over with, let's proceed to Day #2 (98 more days after this). I'm using Item #3: make a comprehensive guide/tutorial. Without further ado, let us begin.

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How to Get a Nice Google Chrome Background
(warning: fabulous ideas ahead)

This is my background. My dad thinks it's weird to have "a wallpaper of wallpaper" (his words, not mine), and my mom thinks it's too old-fashioned. But I LOVE it. (You can get it here. If the link doesn't work, just search using the steps below for "Cath Kidston".)

There are two ways to get a nice/neat/fabulous/beautiful background for your Google Chrome. The first way is easier and it involves using a background that someone has already made and has posted in the Google Store. (Don't worry, it's free. As far as I've seen, at least.) The second way involves making your own, so it obviously takes more time, but it's still quite simple.

Method 1. From the Google Store
On your home page, if you go up to the very left hand corner, right underneath the bar/layer where you type in your website or search item, there is a button called Apps. Click on it. You're going to get a page that looks like this. You may have some apps that you've already installed - or, if you haven't installed any, you'll just have the app that says "Store". That's okay because the Store is all you need. Click on it.

When store page has loaded, it will look something like this. You're going to go down to the last item on the left-hand side, the one that says "Themes". Click on it. This will bring you to a page where you can search the store using the search box, or click on "By Artists" or "By Google".

Method 2. My Chrome Theme
This method is going to take a little longer. First, you need to go to the store again. Instead of clicking on any of the items, type "My Chrome Theme" (minus the quotation marks) in the search box. Click on the first of the search results, and then click on the box that says "Install". When it's done installing, it should be among your other apps. Click on it and you should get a screen that looks like this.

Click on the button that says "Start Making Theme". The first step will be to either upload an image from your computer or use your webcam. I honestly don't see much of a point with the latter, but you can be the own judge of that. I'm going to use this picture for the tutorial.

All I needed to do with this picture after importing it was to adjust the position to fill the screen. It's important to play around with your picture in Step 1 to make sure that the picture won't look stretched in the final product. Some pictures will never work, so it's better to search for a picture using "wallpaper" in the search box.

Step 2 - add some colour by clicking on the paint brushes. You'll be able to choose a colour for your new tab, background tab, and the background bar - but you can only use a colour once.

Step 3 - give your theme a name. I called mine "A Good Man Goes to War". You can find it here, if you want to use it. Click "Make My Theme". Then you'll be able install and/or share your theme.

As you see, not all pictures work because the Google stuff covers the text (and the Eleventh Doctor) on my theme. So I'm going to go back to my previous theme. :)

One more tip - if you go back to the My Chrome Theme app, you'll be able to view the themes you have made on the bottom of the page (and install them if you decide you want one you've made in the past).

I hope that this was helpful. And remember - Google Chrome is awesome in other ways because it gives you free email, YouTube, and Google + with it!

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