Google's app design is pretty simple, but it does not have to stay that way. One way to spice things up is to change the Google search background (and its adjoining components). Here's another way to change the new tab in the latest version of Chrome.
Before you do this, you should of course make sure that you are using the Google Chrome browser. It will not work with Microsoft Edge or Firefox. On the other hand, it's the best browser you can download anyway, so you should probably install it anyway.
Step 1: Go to your Appearance Settings
Open Chrome and look in the top right corner of your browser window for three points. Click to open the primary Chrome drop-down menu. At the bottom of the drop-down menu you will see an option to go to "Settings". Choose this option and you are on the way.
In a new browser tab for all your Chrome settings, you'll see that it's divided into different sections. Look at the second section, which is called "appearance." Here you can control what your Google window looks like. The first option in this setting should be "Themes".
Changing your theme will automatically adjust your Google background accordingly. So this is the option you want to select. If no theme is selected, the "Open Chrome Web Store" should be displayed. Select this option.
Step 2: Select your theme
Chrome will take you straight to the Chrome topic section. Here you can browse the many, many available topics for your Google experience, divided by the broad content type. The primary image you see is usually the image that appears as a Google background. You can use this as a guideline.
Each section displays only the top rated images for that content type, but you can look closer. Select "Select All" if you find a section that suits you.
If you have selected a topic, you should look at its thumbnails and reviews. Note that most themes expand their colors and patterns in the browser window and browser tabs. Therefore, look at the entire appearance. If you click the Related tab, you'll see more themes from this developer.
When you find something you like, just click the "Add to Chrome" button in the upper-right corner.
Step 3: Add Chrome
The theme should be automatically added and activated. You can see how your browser tabs change with the topic. When you visit a new Google search page or open a new tab, you should be able to see the primary image. A notification will appear at the top of the window informing you that the topic has been activated. This notification also includes an "Undo" button for reversing the topic if you want to make a quick change.
See if you like the general theme – sometimes you like the image, but not like the theme of your tabs or other colors that it adds to the entire browser. In this case, press the Undo button in the notification, or go back to Appearances in Settings and return to the default theme. You can select and deactivate as many topics as you need to find the right one!
Using a Custom Image
Maybe the themes do not cut for you this time, and you'd rather have a custom background of some family photos or some amazing nature scene you shot. You can do that as well, but it will require an additional extension.
Go to the Chrome Web Store and download the wallpaper extension. Add this free extension to your Chrome browser. Now you can select a downloaded image as a Google background. This image does not affect your tabs or other browser components, and it's a great way to personalize the background with a beloved photo if you can not find a theme you like.
In addition, you can also swap the photo for your blank new tab page in Google Chrome, which can add some personality to the Chrome browser experience.
This feature is only available in the latest version of the Chrome browser. So you should make sure that you have downloaded them.
All you have to do is click the Settings button in the lower right corner of the screen. From here you can either upload your own picture or one of the Google Stock photos.