How to Change Theme in Gmail

November 19, 2008 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Gmail 

I was just chatting with my friend an hour ago in Gmail when I noticed the borders turned to a darker shade of blue, and the edges got sleeker. I immediately asked my friend if he noticed any difference with his Gmail, and he said no. I told him what I saw and won’t believe me, so I sent him a screenshot.

This is what I saw on the first minutes:

This is what Gmail looks like before:

This is what Gmail is now, after the new theme was completely rolled out.

How to Change Different Themes in Gmail

The new design is only one of the themes in the Theme Lab, the new feature that Gmail just unrolled about a couple of hours ago. If you are excited to use this new feature, here’s how.

  • Log in to your Gmail Account.
  • Click the Settings link at the upper right corner of the Gmail page.
  • Once you are in the Settings page, you will be facing the General account information tab. After General, the rest of the tabs are Accounts, Labels, Filters, … , and Themes. Click the Themes tab.
  • On the Themes tab,  you have 23 themes to choose from. If you miss the old Gmail theme, just choose Classic. But you have an option to choose your own colors too!

Here are some of the themes.

Desk Theme

Gmail Desk Theme

Graffiti Theme

Gmail Graffiti Theme

Dusk Theme

Gmail Dusk Theme

This is not the first time I was there when the new design unfold in front of me. I remembered experiencing it as well in Google Analytics before, just a month ago I think. It’s cool to see it changed in front of you, though it last only a few seconds to switch.

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10 iGoogle Themes I Like

March 20, 2008 by · Comments Off on 10 iGoogle Themes I Like
Filed under: iGoogle 

Here are my ten iGoogle themes that I suggest you try. Although these themes are not created by Google, they’re cool. Most of the themes I like have one color with different shades. The other themes give a joyful background, and some are simple yet they create character to my personalized homepage. I would say that my choices were not mainly affected by their designs on top of my iGoogle page, but also based on the designers’ choice of colors on the links and on the gadgets.

As you can see, I included on this post the number of users and ratings of the themes. But be aware that these data may change as time goes by. Just click on the theme’s name below, and you will be directed to the page where you can add the theme, or read the latest number of users, comments, and ratings.

If you however don’t like the themes I listed here, you can check iGoogle’s theme search page, or you can create your own theme.

Live Planet – Northern Hemisphere (By Sterling Udell)


A near-real-time view of the Earth’s northern hemisphere, including seasons, day/night, clouds, and city lights.”

344,234 users | 162 ratings


Adventure in Lollipopland (By Mark Frauenfelder)

“A dynamic, illustrated adventure by BoingBoing co-founder Mark Frauenfelder, in which lollipops are consumed and new friends are made.”

43,354 users | 27 ratings


Clean Blue (By Eric Sutter)


“Simple blue and black theme.”23,629 users | 16 ratings


Shade, Summer (By David Schooley)


“A dark, low-contrast, energe-efficient, summer-themed skin. Fireflies on a warm night.”

5,689 users | 3 ratings


The Painter (By Aaron Schaldecker)


“A man painting the iGoogle logo.”

4,932 users | 8 ratings


Vista Ocean (By Joey Troy)


“Vista’s Ocean Background”

2,867 users | 4 ratings


Phantasea (By Matthew Ferreira)


“Sink yourself into the vivid waters of this underwater aurora.”

2,175 users | 5 ratings


Ellie and Me (By Google, Inc. )


Though it says by Google Inc., it didn’t have the Google logo like other iGoogle themes created by Google so I guess this is an exception. Anyways this theme is about “A day in the life of Ellie and her cat – a simple iGoogle skin to brighten your day.”

2,072 users | 11 ratings


Clean Green (By Mike Stockwell)


“A clean green eco theme”

1,283 users | 1 ratings


Aquarius Theme (By


Check out other horoscope themes here.

3,144 users | 6 ratings

iGoogle Horoscope Themes

March 19, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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Checking my daily horoscope was one of my habits before. But I really didn’t believe what it said, it was just fun to know. Ironically, I believe on what most astrologers say about my sign. I think 70% of their description reflects who I am. Pisces people rock!!!

And since I am proud to be a Pisces, I chose’s Pisces Theme as my iGoogle theme. So what is your sign? Click the link of your sign and make it the theme of your personalized homepage! When you are on the web page of your theme, click the ‘add it now‘ button.

Aries Theme (March 21 – April 19)


Taurus Theme (April 20 – May 20)


Gemini Theme (May 21 – June 20)


Cancer Theme (June 21 – July 22)


Leo Theme (July 23 – August 22)


Virgo Theme (August 23 – September 22)


Libra Theme (September 23 – October 22)


Scorpio Theme (October 23 – November 21)


Sagittarius Theme (November 22 – December 21)


Capricorn Theme (December 22 – Januray 19)


Aquarius Theme (January 20 – February 18)


Pisces Theme (February 19 – March 20)






Although I am a Pisces, I decided to change my theme to Aquarius iGoogle theme, because I hate orange and I love blue.