Google Chrome: Tips, themes and hacks

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Google Chrome, Google’s web browser, was released yesterday (read our review of Chrome). A few minor problems aside, Chrome has been well received.

Being a new browser, there is bound to be several dozen new tricks discovered, so we figured it was time to compile a Best Of post. This post will be updated continuously as new tricks are discovered – so you might want to bookmark it on Del.icio.us.

Portable Google Chrome

Google Chrome has a portable version: read more and download it.

Backup/manage profiles

Much like Firefox backup managers, Google Chrome backup creates backups of profiles, restores them and manages them with ease.
Download Google Chrome backup

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Change default Chrome theme

Changing the theme for Google Chrome requires replacing the default.dll file with the new theme file. Location for theme folder is as follows:

(for Vista Users)
C:UsersUserNameAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplication?.2.149.27Themes

(for XP Users)
C:Documents and SettingsUserNameLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplication?.2.149.27Themes

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Chrome themes

There are two dark themes already: PitchBlack and Chrome Dark.

Chrome Themes Gallery also chronicles good Chrome themes.

Altaf Sayani also has three color variations of a theme: Dark, Green and Orange. Download his themes here.

FreeChromeThemes is a Chrome Theme site, although it was not launched at the time of writing (Update: FreeChromeThemes is online and sports several good themes).

Create separate profiles in Chrome

  • Open Chrome installation folder at:
    C:UsersAppDataLocalGoogleChrome (for Windows Vista)
    C:Documents and SettingsLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChrome (for Windows XP)
  • Go to User Data folder available inside Chrome installation folder.
  • Create a copy of the “default” folder in the “User Data” folder itself. Give that copy a name.
  • To run Google Chrome using this profile instead of the default profile, create a shortcut on your desktop by right-clicking on desktop, choose New -> Shortcut and enter location:
    C:UsersAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe –user-data-dir="..User DataYour_Name" (for Windows Vista)
    C:Documents and SettingsUserLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe –user-data-dir="..User DataYour_Name" (for Windows XP)

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Google Chrome easter eggs

Entering the following will bring up some interesting easter eggs, Firefox-style:
about:internets
about:version
about:stats
about:memory
about:plugins
about:histograms
about:cache

about:dns
about:network
about:crash

Have fun with Chrome!

Discussion

  1. nice post listing all tips and tricks of google chome.

    BTW, i got to your site by Madhur kapoor.

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