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This seems like it should be really easy to do, I just can't work out how.

Is there a way in Chrome to switch to themes that have previously been installed on the browser. Themes that have been installed through the Market Place.

If you install a theme through the Market Place, a file downloads, installs itself, then disappears. If you revisit that theme page, you're told it's already installed, even if you have installed a different theme in the intervening time.

I can find no interface within the latest version of Chrome (11, I think) that allows you to reselect that theme. Is there one?

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Far as I know, there isn't one yet. –  Sathya May 19 '11 at 14:43
Nah; while you can have plenty of extensions installed, you can only have one theme at a time (even though themes are stored and handled the same way as extensions). Every time you install a theme, it wipes out and replaces your previous one. –  Synetech May 23 '11 at 20:21

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There is not a way to install a previously-used theme from your own system. (Though I imagine a genius programmer can find a way to play with it.)

The Web Store should not be saying it is already installed - it only says that for currently installed extensions, not extensions that were installed at some time. Try refreshing the page. Then try removing cookies and / or temporary files, and then refreshing the page.

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I actually rebooted the machine for other reasons. But the affect was the same. Thanks for your help. –  kim3er May 19 '11 at 15:04

1) Go to the previously downloaded theme on the extensions page (it shows as installed with a RATE IT button)

2) Click the share link. Share via GMAIL.

3) A compose window will open with a text message like this:

Check out "bloomind ct deepdark": https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bloomind-ct-deepdark/djolekdiiojehgfggcjckachfgkkdmjd?utm_source=gmail

4) Delete the folder in your google-chrome/Default directory named "djolekdiiojehgfggcjckachfgkkdmjd" (citing the example above).

5) Restart the broswer. You can now re-download the theme from the extensions page.

Kludgy, but it does work.

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I ran into much of the same trouble trying to switch back to a previously-used theme in later versions of Google Chrome. I'm not usually one to plug an addon unless it really works for me. The only thing I found that worked is the Chrome extenstion Extensions Manager (aka Switcher).

It showed me the themes I had previously installed and allowed me to switch back to them. At very least it did a proper job of uninstalling the theme so that I could actually go back to the Chrome Web Store and re-download the one I wanted to use again.

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Go to settings, reset to default theme. Afterwards you can reinstall any theme you previously installed.

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You can always go back to the themes page where you originally found it, click on the theme that you want, and then click on "Add To Chrome" button again. It will set it to that theme again.

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If you click on the "theme" section in the marketplace a window will pop up with a preview of what it will look like on your browser.

At the top of the window there is a little banner that says this item has been disabled in Chrome then there is a blue hyperlink that says "enable it." Click the link and you're in business.

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There is no such banner. –  isherwood Mar 18 at 16:18

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