Enable transparency on Chrome theme (AERO)

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If you are like me a faithful Google user, you have probably already tried to use some other Chrome theme.

Unfortunately, each Chrome theme that you will install doesn’t have transparency (aero) like the default Chrome theme.

Luckily there is a ‘hack’ for this. To enable aero theme or transparency on any Google Chrome themes please do the following:

Install Google Chrome Theme from Google Themes site or Google Chrome Extensions.

Hit WINDOWS ORB | type Folder Options | Click on the VIEW tab | Click the ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives‘ | Click OK

Navigate to:

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions

where %USERNAME% is your Windows login/username.

In the Extensions directory you will find 2 or more folders with some various code names.

Try to locate the folder of your newly installed theme. The best way to do that is to check for the Date Modified Column.

Open the folder of newly installed theme where you will see a sub-folder with the version name like 1.0_0.

Here, you will see a manifest.json file that you should open with Notepad.

Delete the line that starts with the “theme_frame“, for instance:

“theme_frame”: “i/agxjaHJvbWV0aGVtZXNyDAsSBEZpbGUYo40GDA”,

Save the edited file.

Now, create the folder anywhere on your PC and name it as you wish, for instance Blue Theme.

Copy the contents of the folder 1.0_0 to your newly created folder ‘Blue Theme‘. It should contain the folder ‘1’, Cached Theme.pak and manifest.json

Open the Google Chrome and select Tools and then Extensions

Click on the + sign near the ‘Developer Mode‘ and click on the ‘Pack extension‘ tab.

In the Extension root directory option, browse to the root of the newly created ‘Blue Theme‘ Folder.

You should see the Blue Theme.crx file that you should drag to Google Chrome and install the theme.

Your theme should now have transparency just like the default theme of Google Chrome.

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15 Responses

  1. Seth says:

    Great but its a bit glitchy.

  2. Seth says:

    Haha nvm my last comment. FOR ANY OF YOU WHO WANT TO DO THIS……

    Restart Chrome after setting the theme up and installing it or you minimize, restore down/maximize, and close buttons will flicker when highlighted. Restarting Chrome fixed that for me.

  3. iHATEyou says:

    it deleted my chrome folder in th google folder! and th new thing dos not work! -.-

  4. iHATEyou says:

    my background is blue like original!

  5. Abhijit Parida says:

    hey whats wrong with the deafult chrome theme?

  6. Vlad says:

    Thanks a lot. It works!

  7. Khan says:

    Way too hard… What the Hell?! 😳

  8. black1ce says:

    If you close Google chrome, then right click on desktop -> Personalize and click the windows 7 theme under Aero Themes, it will change google chrome to transparent also

  9. mmmmm says:

    Thnx pal;)

  10. Joey says:

    Pure ninja, worked great.

  11. genro says:

    it only works on windows 7/vista
    it will never work on xp…

  12. Tried on Windows 8. Works great but it makes the window look like other windows in Windows 8 (Not transparent) Still very useful though. Thanks!

  13. Pedro says:

    You know what… you just made another chromer to avoid betrayal… I was already configuring my firefox to be all transparent and all, but I had a tear for leaving chrome. This solution is just brilliant 🙂 so if I understand correctly you just made a copied version of a theme where no frame is specified and thereby chrome defaults to windows? Awesome 😛

  14. Pedro says:

    Just so others know this AWESOME does not require to be the Google Chrome Theme, you can use https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/my-chrome-theme/oehpjpccmlcalbenfhnacjeocbjdonic which is Chrome’s own “do your own theme” but they don’t have an option for transparency. Just create your theme and install it and then follow this tutorial and it works like peaches!!! 😀

    Thanks a lot for this share!

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