08-24-2019 04:22 PM
08-24-2019 05:06 PM - edited 08-24-2019 05:08 PM
I tried the Chrome color extension theme on Edge (Canary) when Edge first hit beta to see how it would look, and it didn't work. The message coming from the Chrome store was something about it not being compatible with Edge version. It's one of the few areas of the Chrome Store that's not able to cross over. I don't know if it has to do with the user interface of Edge not matching up to the coding of the Chrome extension themes, or if Chrome blocked it.
At a later point in time it would be interesting to see Edge add their own compatible themes or other color options Like Firefox did with their browser. Google Chrome has added an experiment flag to their Canary that if click to "dark" it makes all web pages dark theme (without having to use any theme extension) including the web pages themselves (not just the browser) so Chrome is going in the direction of Edge with that.
I'm happy with the simple light/dark/default theme as I pretty much just use the light theme and occasionally switch to the dark theme, but I'm aware many Chrome crossover users might want more color themes. See what happens I guess.
This is the Google Chrome Canary flag they added of the dark/light option without having to use a theme extension:
08-24-2019 08:22 PM
We have to keep in mind as time goes on they'll add more features. Maybe more color themes is one of those features or a fix in compatibility to allow the Chrome themes to also work. Edge C is only in beta right now and not even in Stable. I'm sure they have a list of features to add and test out first (some important to keep the browser running stable) or keep testing out the features already in place to make sure they remain stable. Even once Edge hits Stable they can add new features through the channel chain (starting in Canary and working it's way up to Stable) like Chrome does with their browser.
08-25-2019 12:01 AM
08-30-2019 08:45 PMSolution
@QueenNini - I did some research and found a backdoor to use Chrome Theme Extensions on Edge. I tried it and it did work. https://mspoweruser.com/chromium-edge-supports-chrome-themes-heres-how-to-install-them/
My snipping tool example using Honeysuckle Theme from Chrome Store (I tried this one because it's was the brightest and allow for demo of the entire browser. I also tried Banana):
09-02-2019 11:10 AM - edited 09-02-2019 11:11 AM
@QueenNini - The theme will stay your theme as long as you want. No different than using it on Chromium or Chrome. But if you want to default back to the non-theme (system or light) you have to follow the instructions on the website on how to delete out the theme from your browswer. It's actually very easy, I did a few times already and it takes no more than a minute. MS hasn't added a "reset to default" option yet to their appearance settings. Edge is able to run those themes from Chrome store because technically Edge is using the Chromium browser engine. Google however seems to block the actual use of their Chrome themes on Edge which I wasn't sure if that was in case into I confirmed through research and experimenting a few days back. In other words Edge can use it because they share the same source engine with Chrome (which is Chromium) but it seems Google is not letting them use their Chrome themes on Edge even though per source engine it's compatible (i.e. you can't play with my toys even though we share the same parents). So we have to backdoor it. Maybe eventually Edge will add a reset to default for appearance switch or Chrome Store will allow without blocking the use of Chrome themes on Edge.
09-03-2019 03:42 PM
@QueenNini Yeah, I was trying out the misty woods theme earlier this morning. That would make for a good Halloween too. I guess with time we'll see what the future holds for themes.