Google is working hard to make its web browser even more customizable, and apparently recognizing the fact that everyone likes to stamp their mark of individuality on their computers, the company is changing the way profiles work in Chrome.
At the moment, you are limited to changing your profile image and making use of themes from the Chrome Web Store. But Google has more options in the pipeline.
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The new profile customization options go beyond letting you choose a new avatar for your browser profile. This option is, of course still available, as is the ability to change the name for your profile.
What's new, however, is the ability to choose a new color theme for the browser. There are numerous pre-set options for you to choose from, but there is also a colour picker that you can use to select another hue from an element on your screen.
In all, there are four new sections to the revamped interface: name your profile, pick a theme color, pick an avatar, and create desktop shortcut. This last option is only available to Windows users, but everything else is available on all platforms.
Customize and colorize
To try out this new feature, you have a couple of options. You could wait until January next year, when Google is planning to officially release Chrome 88, or you can install the experimental Canary build of the browser right now.
You can download Chrome Canary here, and you can run happily alongside the stable build if you like. Once installed, you will need to enable an optional flag:
- Launch Chrome Canary and pay a visit to chrome://flags
- Search for Revamp of Profiles UI, and use the drop-down menu to enable the setting
- Restart Chrome and then head to chrome://settings/manageProfile to start customising
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