Install Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium

How to Install Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium

The ability to install and apply Google Chrome themes has been added to Microsoft Edge. By installing the latest build from the Canary branch of the browser, you can make Edge use your favorite Chrome theme.

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A few days ago, Microsoft released the first stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium to the public. Surprisingly, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium.

Interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

Starting in Microsoft Edge Canary 81.0.394.0, you can make Edge use Chrome themes. This requires a shortcut modification, but it is very easy task.

Update: Starting in Edge Canary 82.0.444.0, there is also a flag to enable theme support in the browser. Here is how it can be done.

To Enable Google Chrome Theme Support in Edge Chromium,

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Type the following in the address bar: edge://flags/#edge-allow-store-extension-themes.
  3. Select Enabled from the drop-down menu next to the Allow installation of external Store themes option.Edge Enable Chrome Themes
  4. Restart the browser when prompted.
  5. Open the Themes section in Google Chrome Store.Edge Pick A Chrome Theme
  6. Click on  the Add button to install the theme. It will be applied.Microsoft Edge Install Chrome Themes 5

You are done.

Edge With A Chrome Theme Applied

Note that Edge now allows easily removing of custom themes. Here is how.

Remove Custom Theme from Microsoft Edge

  1. In Microsoft Edge, click on the menu button with three dots.
  2. Select Settings from the menu.Microsoft Edge Chromium Settings Menu Item
  3. In Settings, click on Appearance on the left.
  4. On the right, click on the Remove button next to the Custom theme line.Edge Remove Chrome Theme Restore Default Theme
  5. This will restore the default Edge theme.Edge Default Theme Restored

You are done.

The legacy shortcut modification method is described below.

The Shortcut Modification Method

  1. Right-click on the Edge Canary shortcut.
  2. Select Properties from the context menu. Tip: See How to open file or folder properties quickly in Windows File Explorer.Microsoft Edge Enable Chrome Themes Support 1
  3. In the shortcut target text box, modify the command line by adding the--enable-features=msAllowThemeInstallationFromChromeStore portion after msedge.exe.Microsoft Edge Enable Chrome Themes Support 2
  4. Click on Apply and OK.

You are done!

To Install Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium,

  1. Open the browser using the modified shortcut.
  2. Now, open the Themes section in Google Chrome Store.Microsoft Edge Install Chrome Themes 1
  3. If prompted, click on Allow extensions from other stories, and confirm your intention. See the screenshot.Microsoft Edge Install Chrome Themes 2 Microsoft Edge Install Chrome Themes 3
  4. Select a theme you like, and click on Add to Chrome.Microsoft Edge Install Chrome Themes 4
  5. The theme is now applied!Microsoft Edge Install Chrome Themes 5

You are done!


The stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium is available to the public for a while. The browser has already received a few updates, with support for ARM64 devices in Edge Stable 80. Also, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium. Finally, interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.

Also check:

Microsoft Edge Roadmap: History Sync This Summer, Linux Support


Actual Edge versions

The actual versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

1 thought on “Install Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium

  1. Dave

    Does anyone know of a “3D” theme that I can use on Edge?

    I hate how these fugly flat smart phone browsers they make these days look.

    I use Black Shine by Sar on FF, I’m looking for something like it for Edge.

    Reply

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