What Is The Process Of *SAVING* A Chrome Theme For The Google Chrome Browser From The Chrome Web Store And Later Installing From The Chrome Theme File?

Posted on 2011-10-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello. I have a question.

This issue:

A user wishes to change from a different Chrome theme to a different Chrome theme selected on the Chrome Web Store for their Google Chrome web browser. During the theme change over process, the user will immediately receive  a "Confirm Installation" install window as part of the standard default install process of changing to a different Chrome theme.  The Chrome theme installation process automatically installs and updates the theme to one's desired selection.    

My questions:

1. What if a user wishes to *SAVE* a Chrome theme from the Chrome Web Store INSTEAD of only having the option of INSTALLING the different Chrome theme? How does the user accomplish this? What is the process of SAVING a Chrome theme? I readily do not see any option for 'saving', yet such a saving process may be there or even available? Reason: To have this desired Chrome theme saved as a backup in the event the user wishes to have it available to use at a later time with Chrome web browser and also to save time attempting of relocating it later on.

2. As the flipside to this issue, once the user is able to save the Chrome theme file, how would a user now install this saved Chrome theme into the Chrome web browser at that point?  

Please provide your own detailed facts, suggestions, hints, and tips; and/or the best possible well written, detailed and documented website links.

Please reply.

Thank you!

NOTE: For your information, the operating system being utilized is Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit.
Question by:RegulaOne
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    Expert Comment

    To save a theme to a fiolder, right click on the download link, and click "Save Link As...".

    To install the theme, drag the theme you want onto chrome.


    Author Comment

    @ MAdS & anyone:

    Hello. Nice to see you again. Thank you for your comment.

    I have taken a moment to attempt your answer in your comment since your statement is rather simplistic in nature. I found that when trying to click "Save Link As...", I receive a "Save As" window that saves the website's webpage in .HTM file format and has nothing to do with saving the download file. Please see my two (2) screen clipping attachments below for further clarity. Actually, I attempted this same method assuming the same principle ideology myself and it didn't work for me.

    Your second part of your first comment on how to install the Google Chrome theme makes sense and is logical, yet I obviously need to get to save the theme file first in order to do this.

    Do you have any more ideas or answers and solutions to this issue? I would like to hear from you.

    Please reply.

    Thank you!
     Save Link As - Chrome Web Store  - Issue - Screen Capture No. 1 Save Link As - Chrome Web Store  - Issue - Screen Capture No. 2
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    Accepted Solution

    Indeed, that process will only save a htm file with a link to the theme, so you can easily switch to that theme when you want. This should meet most needs but will not actually save theme files to your disk.

    Saving theme files is far more complicated, and I see no much point in it, but there you go:
    1. Right click on the download link, and click "Save Link As...".
    2. Make note of the file name and click CANCEL
    3. Click on the button to use the theme
    4. Open explorer on "C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions" and locate folder with that name
    5. ZIP that folder to your own folder (like "My Themes") and give it a CRX extension
    6. To use that theme, drag and drop file to Chrome (possibly double-clicking it will also work)

    Author Closing Comment


    Hello again. Thank you for your comment!

    Yes, I see your instructions and they work great!
    I have also now learned from your example instructions how to save an installer file when a user is not given the download file option to save and only has the ability to install with the downloading inclusive with the install process. Basically the procedure is to use the "Save Link As..." to find the file name of the prospective file and then locate the system directory of the downloaded file that the user never had a chance to save in a step. A good way to determine that system directory is to do a Windows Search of the file name and see it properties to locate its system directory location. I see you step 5 in your last comment is special required step for this particular issue to make it useable.

    I see you state, "no much point in it". Please let me share this helpful point with you. When you have many items to select from a page listing (even like a database) and to save time and effort trying to relocate the item in the page listing (especially when the page listings are continually growing or expanding -- especially with Google Chrome web browser), it makes it much easier to just save it and have it available. Many times (and not just Google Chrome's web browser themes I am now addressing) I have gone back to page listings some time later trying to find an item and I seems I never can find it again. Whether the item was removed by the author or whatever the case may be; it is just nice to know I have it for good!    

    In terms of awards for this question/thread, your last comment with the stepped instructions will receive the "Accepted Solution" and the full 500 points for this question/thread.

    Again, thank you for your help!!!

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