Introducing Google Chrome

Being of a technical nature, I love to try new things. My standby has always been Mozilla Firefox. It has at times been my savior when Internet Explorer wouldn’t open, refused to download files, everything it downloaded was corrupt or it just froze up.

Netscape never real worked for me. It’s dependence on Java and the long download to install it completely, was always a drawback.

Internet Explorer has always been a snail, even the newest version I had to remove from my Laptop after I had installed the upgrade because it caused application errors in other software, besides just being slow to open. Not to mention all the windows it creates on my desktop when I am working on a project.

Opera (the free version) was just too advertisement intensive, although it lives up to the reviews about it being fast.

So, when I saw the news about Chrome and as I already use many Google software applications including: Google Apps, Google Sites, Google Earth, Google Talk and Google Reader in addition to Gmail; I had to give it a try. I have to say at first launch it is a bit intimidating (no word menus) and yet, very clean looking. Once you get past your old dependencies on word menus, you will be sailing along the Internet. Its home page will make sites you visit frequently available at your finger tips the moment you open the browser, just waiting for your click. Downloads no longer require a separate window, but sit happily at the bottom of the web page you are browsing. If, by chance you like to customize your browser (as I do) there already are Themes available. 

Kudos to Google for another great App!


How To Install Themes in Google Chrome?

Google Chrome was released only yesterday and there are several tips and tricks already making the rounds including our own Ultimate list of tips and tricks for Google Chrome. The good thing about the Internet is that you can find interesting things quickly.

One such thing we came across was changing the default theme for Google Chrome, though this is not available as a option it can be easily done by following these steps. Google has its own Theme Free Chrome Themes website, but it is not live yet.


To change the theme for Google Chrome you will need to replace the default.dll file with the new theme file. Location for theme folder are as follows:

For Vista Users: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\\Themes\

For XP Users: C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\\Themes\

Replace C with your Windows directory, UserName with the user name you have installed chromed with, the number is the version for Google Chrome.

Make sure to keep a backup of the default.dll, before you overwrite it with a new one. DeviantArt already has a Picthblack theme which you can use to replace the default Google Chrome theme.

Other Resources to Download Google Themes

[via WinMatrix]

One response to “Introducing Google Chrome

  1. coffee January 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    it will be interesting to see if Chrome can get as much market share as Firefox; for now they seem to have leveled off…

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