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Here’s How to Unlock Google’s New Star Wars Easter Eggs

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Google is giving fans yet another way to celebrate the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, before its Dec. 18 release. The search engine giant just launched a new tool that allows you to customize how Google’s apps look depending on whether you choose to align with the Dark Side or the Light Side.

The tool adds little tweaks to most of Google’s apps, including Gmail, Google Maps, search, and more. For example, choosing the Dark Side will reveal a loading bar that looks like a red lightsaber when launching Gmail.

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The Gmail app gets a new background depending on which side you choose as well. The progress bar and volume sliders that appear on YouTube videos also glow like lightsabers.

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To access these Easter Eggs, make sure you’re logged in to Google in your Chrome browser. Then, navigate to google.com/starwars and choose a side. Once you’ve picked your preference, you’ll notice Google provides a link to several of its apps that support the new tool. Click any of those apps to see how they’ve changed now that you’ve chosen your path.

Clay Bavor, Google’s vice president of product management, teased in a post on Google’s official blog that more surprises are coming between now and opening night.

Google is known for hiding clever Easter Eggs throughout its products. The company also hid the iconic TARDIS telephone box from Dr. Who near London’s Earl’s Court in Google Maps.

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