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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.

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.

Update 2: Starting in Edge Canary 86.0.593.0, you no longer need to enable the flag. The instruction is now updated.

To Install Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium,

  1. Open the Themes section in Google Chrome Store.
  2. Click on  the Add button to install the theme. It will be applied.

You are done.

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.
  3. In Settings, click on Appearance on the left.
  4. On the right, click on the Remove button next to the Custom theme line.
  5. This will restore the default Edge theme.

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.
  3. In the shortcut target text box, modify the command line by adding the--enable-features=msAllowThemeInstallationFromChromeStore portion after msedge.exe.
  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.
  3. If prompted, click on Allow extensions from other stories, and confirm your intention. See the screenshot.
  4. Select a theme you like, and click on Add to Chrome.
  5. The theme is now applied!

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.

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2 thoughts 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.

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  2. FutureMrs

    This is no longer possible in the 2020 version of Edge. I just tried it. There is no longer a way to customize themes. You are now stuck with Edge’s dark or light theme only. ahowever, the new Edge is still great. I actually prefer it to Firefox.

    Reply

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