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- Common Google Chrome Scaling Problems on Windows 10
- Select a custom image
- How to Customize the Background in the Google App on Android
- Method 3: Changing the settings for scaling in Windows 10
- Change the Google Background in Chrome Using an Image
- How to Customize the New Tab Page in Chrome
- How to make a custom theme in Google Chrome
- Pick your theme
- Option #3
Common Google Chrome Scaling Problems on Windows 10
Before we learn how to disable display scaling, it is best to look deeper into the problem and gain a better understanding of what it is. In general, here are some of the reported issues related to Chrome scaling:
- Unintentionally zoomed Google Chrome – Some people prefer to have their browsers zoomed in for a better viewing experience. On the other hand, with the update, even those who did not need the feature were affected. You can try to manually adjust the zoom level or change the scaling in the Settings app.
- Blurry Chrome scaling – This may be rare but still possible. There are times when Chrome can get blurry after scaling. This can be resolved by having an up-to-date browser.
- Chrome scaling not working – You have to add some parameters to ensure that Chrome scaling will function properly. You can try one of our solutions below to get rid of the problem.
- Chrome scaling problems on Windows 8.1 – Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 are two versions of the operating systems that may be different from each other. However, they can still experience the same problems when it comes to Chrome scaling. Don’t worry because this guide will teach you how to adjust high-DPI scaling in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
Select a custom image
Perhaps you don’t care for any of the themes, or you’d prefer to use a personal image instead. The next few sections walk you through the steps to add a custom image, while the second part shows you how to change colors without installing a theme.
First, let’s install a custom image provided by you or Google.
Step 1: Open a new tab and click the Customize Chrome button located in the bottom-right corner.
Step 2: An in-browser window appears with the Background category open by default. Select a background category to browse the background options in that category, or click Upload from Device to use an image stored on your PC. If you select the latter, Chrome opens a pop-up window (File Explorer/Finder/Files) so you can locate and select your preferred image.
Step 3: If you chose a preset background from Google, click on your desired background and select the Done button to finalize your change.
Step 4: When you open a new tab in Chrome, the image now appears on your screen. You can remove it at any time by clicking the Customize button again — it’s merely a pencil icon in this case — and choosing Classic Chrome and then selecting Done.
How to Customize the Background in the Google App on Android
Things are a bit trickier if you want to apply a fresh coat of paint on Google’s home page on mobile. Unfortunately, you can’t do so using the full-fledged Google app. However, if you’re willing to switch to Google’s alternate app, which was designed for low-end smartphones but works perfectly well on any device, then you will be able to customize your background.
1. Install and open Google Go on your Android smartphone.
2. Locate and tap on the gear icon that sits in the upper-right corner of the display.
3. Click the “Choose wallpaper” option at the top of the screen.
4. Select the picture you want to set as the background from your image library.
5. Press “Set wallpaper.”
6. The new image should replace the standard white background that greets you whenever you open the Google Go app.
If you wish to revert back to the white background, tap again on the gear icon in the Google Go app, then select “Remove wallpaper.”
Chrome does not offer the same options for Google background customization on mobile. You can switch to dark mode, but apart from that, you can’t set different themes or change the background image.
Method 3: Changing the settings for scaling in Windows 10
You can also try to learn how to adjust high-DPI scaling in Windows 10 to fix the problem. You can easily change the scaling size, and Google Chrome will automatically apply the adjustment. Here are the steps you have to follow:
- On your keyboard, press Windows Key+I. This should open the Settings window.
- Click System and make sure that you are in the Display category.
- Go to the Scale and Layout section.
- Under that section, you will see ‘Change the size of text, apps, and other items’.
- Change the value to 100%. This works for most cases, but if you have a larger screen, feel free to explore other values.
The changes you just made will automatically be applied to Chrome. This should permanently get rid of the problem.
Change the Google Background in Chrome Using an Image
Alternatively, you can use your own library of images to customize the background.
1. Click on the Customize button again.
2. Select the Background option.
3. Click on the “Upload from the Device” option to customize your background.
4. Check out the results.
5. From the same menu, you can try applying a theme. There are a few available options, but Google offers even more in case you’re not satisfied with this crop.
To find additional themes, follow the steps outlined below on your PC.
How to Customize the New Tab Page in Chrome
To customize the new tab page in Chrome, open a new tab and click the Customize button. Then select Background, Shortcuts, or Color and theme to change parts of the new tab page. Finally, click Done.
- Open a new tab in the Chrome web browser.
- Then click Customize. You will see this button in the bottom-right corner of the window. It might also just appear as a pencil icon.
- Next, select Background from the left sidebar. This option lets you choose a new background image, a solid color, or upload your own image.
Note: If you choose to upload your own image, you can only use files with a .jpg, .jpeg, or .png file extension.
- Then select Shortcuts. This option lets you change the shortcut icons on your new tab page or hide them entirely.
Note: If you choose My Shortcuts, you can click the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of a shortcut to remove it or edit its name and URL.
- Next, select Color and theme. This option lets you change the color of your entire browser and even certain websites.
- Finally, click Done after changing the new tab page.
Unfortunately, Chrome doesn’t allow you to change your new tab page to a specific URL in its settings. However, you can download an extension to achieve this. Here’s how:
How to make a custom theme in Google Chrome
1. Open Google Chrome and log into your Google account.
2. Navigate to ThemeBeta.
3. The menu on the side has a numbered list of the steps needed to create a new theme. Start by giving the theme a name.
4. Click “Upload an Image” and select a picture on your computer. It should appear in the preview pane on the right.
5. Use the controls under the preview pane to configure the picture. You can zoom in and out, make the picture repeat, and more.
6. In the numbered list, click “Generate colors.” This will edit the toolbars and menus in the theme to match what you’ve uploaded.
7. If you want to edit those colors, click on either “Images” or “Colors” at the top of the list. These will open menus where you can edit each individual part of your theme, right down to the color of the text on your tabs. Whatever you’re changing the color of will be highlighted with bright red as you’re changing it.
8. When you’re satisfied, click “Pack and Install.” This will download a file containing your edited theme.
9. Google Chrome may be suspicious of the theme file, and ask if you want to keep it. Click “Keep.”
10. Navigate to the folder on your computer where the theme downloaded to. You can do this easily by right-clicking the file in Chrome’s download bar and clicking “Show in Finder” or “Show in folder.”
11. In your Chrome browser, click the URL bar and type “chrome://extensions/” into it.
12. In the top-right corner of the page that opens, toggle the “Developer mode” switch so the white circle is on the right.
13. Drag and drop the theme file from your folder onto this page.
14. A box will appear, asking if you want to “Add ‘ThemeBeta.com’?” Click “Add Theme.”
15. A moment later, the colors on your menu bars should change to whatever you set them to.
Your custom theme is now installed.
Pick your theme
The Chrome Web Store’s Themes section opens in a new tab. Here’s what to do next.
Step 1: Browse the store’s many available themes divided by broad categories. The primary image that you see is typically the image that will appear as your New Tab background, so you can use that as a guide for which one to pick. If you need help, these are our favorite themes.
Step 2: If you’re still undecided, know that category displays eight of the top-rated themes for that content type, but you can expand that category by clicking the View All button. If you only want to view themes developed by Google, click the All option listed under Categories on the left and select By Google on the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Once you select a theme, make sure to check out its preview images and reviews. The Support section (if available for that theme) will also give you information about problems (if any) users have encountered using the theme. Checking the Related tab will show you more themes by that particular developer.
Step 4: Remember, most themes extend their colors and patterns throughout the browser window and tabs, so take a look at the full appearance before installing.
Update: Here’s a third option, and it’s the best one to use if it works for you. It didn’t work for me with Windows 7 but some people have noted in the comments section below that it works for them so it’s worth adding to the list.
Right-click the Chrome icon from the start menu then select > Properties > Compatibility > and Check the box for “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings”.