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I'm just wondering if there are any unofficial Google Chrome Themes that I can easily install (eg. don't have to copy a .dll to the themes folder)?

I would like to be able to click apply theme (just like you can on Google's Official Themes page). Do any exist?

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Check out the documentation on Google Code on Themes for Chrome.

A theme is a special kind of extension that changes the way the browser looks. Themes are packaged like regular extensions, but they don't contain JavaScript or HTML code.

Basically, you create a manifest.json file, which contains all the data and information required for your theme (such as which images are used for which component of the GUI). Here's an example:

{
  "version": "2.6",
  "name": "camo theme",
  "theme": {
    "images" : {
      "theme_frame" : "images/theme_frame_camo.png",
      "theme_frame_overlay" : "images/theme_frame_stripe.png",
      "theme_toolbar" : "images/theme_toolbar_camo.png",
      "theme_ntp_background" : "images/theme_ntp_background_norepeat.png",
      "theme_ntp_attribution" : "images/attribution.png"
    },
    "colors" : {
       "frame" : [71, 105, 91],
      "toolbar" : [207, 221, 192],
      "ntp_text" : [20, 40, 0],
      "ntp_link" : [36, 70, 0],
      "ntp_section" : [207, 221, 192],
      "button_background" : [255, 255, 255]
    },
    "tints" : {
      "buttons" : [0.33, 0.5, 0.47]
    },
    "properties" : {
      "ntp_background_alignment" : "bottom"
    }
  }
}

Once you have finished, packaging it up is just as simple as going to chrome://extensions in the address bar in Chrome, and click the Pack extension button. For more details, check out Packaging in the Chrome documentation

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I had seen that before. It looks really promising, the only problem for me is that I suck at making nice looking themes. Mine usually just suck. I would rather leave theming to the pro's. I still upvoted you though, because maybe someone will find this link and make a really cool theme. ;-) –  Lucas McCoy Oct 4 '09 at 2:33
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I just wanted to update this: Google has now added about 30 new themes to their page, under the artist tab. Some are really good, some aren't but at least we have more choices.

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