I tested the My Chrome Theme yesterday which allowed me to create a custom basic theme for the Chrome browser. It was quite an interesting experience, as it offered options to change the background image and various interface colors. One of the effects was that the default theme was replaced by the custom theme that I created with the help of the extension. After trying the extension for some time, I decided to remove the installed theme again to restore the default theme in the browser. And that's where the searching for a theme removing option began.
Since I never uninstalled themes before in the browser, I had no clue how to do that. I first tried to find the installed themes in the extensions listing, only to find out that the themes were not listed there. I then started to look through the options to find the setting that would allow me to switch the currently installed theme back to the browser's default theme.
After some digging in the options I discovered the themes setting under Personal Stuff. It consisted of a single button which would reset the theme of the browser to the default theme when clicked on.
A click on reset to default theme restores the default browser theme. Since there is no theme listing available in the browser, it appears as if Chrome only keeps a copy of the current theme and the default theme. All other themes seem to be replaced automatically whenever a new theme or the default theme get installed in the browser.
This feature makes Chrome less flexible than Firefox for instance, which keeps all previous themes listed in the browser until they are uninstalled in the add-ons manager of the browser. I personally like Firefox's way of keeping all previously installed themes preferable to Chrome's way of only keeping a record of the current and default theme. What's your take on this?
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