Let’s get our chrome browser ready for the ball
This is the next guide following on from the one about creating a Google account.
So far, with it’s plain white background, our browser looks pretty bland, but there’s something we can do to enhance it. Either with a colour, or an image, and then a few shortcuts to our favourite websites. Here’s a look at what I mean:
While Google does provide some images, they may not be what you want. I downloaded the image in the second shot from Pixabay, a great source of free to use images.
If you’re still on your account page, open another tab by clicking the + sign at the top. Now you’ll see what I mean.
In the bottom right you’ll see the option to Customize Chrome. Clicking this will open the popup shown below. In the left sidebar you have three options.
- Background: Presents you with a choice of images to use. Selecting the first option allows you to upload your own
- Shortcuts: Gives you the option to add shortcuts to the centre of the page, with the choice of adding them yourself, or let Google curate them from a list of sites you frequent
- Color and theme: Gives you a choice of colours to set as your background. The first option allows you to set a custom colour
Note: in the future, once you’ve customized your browser, all you’ll see is a pencil icon. Clicking that will have the same effect.
The first and third options, Background and Color and theme respectively, concern the entire browser background. The second, Shortcuts applies to the links that appear nearer the center.