Gmail offers new Inbox themes

Gmail owners, Google, wanted "to go beyond simple color customization" and have announced 30 new themes.

There's many new themes to fit your style, a shiny theme with chrome styling, another one that turns your inbox into a retro notepad, nature themes that change scenery over time and even a weather theme that can rain on your mailbox. There's even an old school ascii theme (Terminal) to geek up your mailbox.

Google have also done some work to Gmail's default look to make it "crisper and cleaner".

To customise your inbox, go to the Themes tab under Settings. Google say they will be rolling out themes to everyone over the next couple of days, so you may not see the themes just yet.

Gmail users have been building up custom themes using third-party tools like Greasemonkey or custom user stylesheets for quite some time. Officially, Gmail previously offered the mobile, classic HTML or their normal views only. Google also uses themes in products like their personalised homepage iGoogle or Google Reader's shared items page. The new Gmail themes will certainly be a welcomed addition for many.

Here's an overview of some of the themes to give you an idea of just how far you can customise your Gmail look.

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Summer Ocean! Pretty pretty...

Actually several so far I've recognized from themes offered for iGoogle's Pages. Anyhow, it's much nicer than the old gmail and a welcome reprieve.

i got a ridicoulous amount of spam into every yahoo email i had. None with other email accounts. Yahoo must be selling email addresses to spammers. Makes sence since their in a ****hole and going down soon

This is nice and all.. but some of them are a bit weird.. like the ones where the logo is different.. but oh well lol

As for those who are complaining about ads in Hotmail.. they are making more changes by the end of this year.. such as removing the ads from the top, more themes, integration of web messenger and skydrive, slight alterations to the layout, etc, and FREE POP3 support (no more requiring a connector).... they announced this last week after some complaints with the new wave 3 version.... I look forward to that. :-)

Good job both of them. lol

I'm liking these so far, I had been using Gmail Redesigned but it no longer works correctly, so I've moved back to the boring default look.

Slightly annoyed that I don't have that very nice mountains theme though or is it not yet available?

Yeah, look at the themes. It is almost like they got Iben from the wallpapers forum to design them! :P
No offence but they all look a little on the rubbish side to me - I can't stand people having pictures as a background that are too much as they take away from what you are actually looking at the page for :/

If Hotmail/WLM had a Gmail style notifier, I would think about switching.
If Hotmail stopped adding a signature about messages to ourgoing messages, I would switch instantly!

The Ninja one is fantastic... however they clearly missed an opportunity for Ninjas fighting pirates.

Hopefully this will soon be added to gmail accounts with custom domains

Great .... totally love the Gmail tem in Google . I think its one of the best in Google. They are very innovative and Creative.

****ing gay if you ask me, that can only be fun for a 5 year old,i closed my gmail account today, theres no future with gmail, hotmail is the best

Dude, hotmail has went from 4/5 in my book to a 1/5 with their recent changes. I wish there was an easy way to move all my mail from hotmail, because I would setup a forwarding gmail account just so I don't have to use it....

most people use hotmail, because its the best... for most people lol

yahoo mail is the worst, than comes gmail which is ok, just that, nothing special, its to simple and has this child look to me. those themes are awful. i always thought about closing my gmail account, but thought maybe google will make it better one day and add something useful, playing with those themes around for a while leaved a bad taste in my mouth, i was discusted by gmail, hotmail is the best - the new version that is, previous one with that classic and full mode sucked, and took ages to load, but the new one is just beatifull and quick. iam a mac user btw. thats why i got gmail in the first place

I like Yahoo Mail, don't know why you are calling it the worst... I have had a GMail account since the first day and a Yahoo account for much time (through my ISP). Both are great in my opinion. I have never had or opened a Hotmail account - I refused to use Windows Messenger until they opened up the Passport system.

Why would you close an account because of a new feature though... THAT is "gay". You could always just use the classic theme...

umm i was talking about the previous hotmail version being slow as hell and the new one is very quick... so i dont need to change a thing

so you never used hotmail?, thats why you like yahoo mail and gmail coz you dont know what good email is. when you will experience hotmail you will think different about the other emails out there

the new feature was the point were i had enough of gmail, you all dont get it. I see more in this feature than you all do. I see the big picture haha

birdie-87 said,
umm i was talking about the previous hotmail version being slow as hell and the new one is very quick... so i dont need to change a thing

so you never used hotmail?, thats why you like yahoo mail and gmail coz you dont know what good email is. when you will experience hotmail you will think different about the other emails out there

the new feature was the point were i had enough of gmail, you all dont get it. I see more in this feature than you all do. I see the big picture haha


u sir r a fool
u dont know anythin about gmail
its got web based message filtering, the best junk filter out there...very little advertising(i dont notice it)..
i honestly dont even see a comparison..hotmail has like no new features..they just keep reskinning it lol

sounds like ur just ranting because something didnt go ur way with gmail..or gmail was too hard 4 u to use? (if thats even possible)
but really..gmail has 100x more features than hotmail..hotmail hasnt added anything in years

what a ****in clown, i complained that its to simple, its like an email client for 5 year olds, and you say i found it to hard to use

i have been with gmail since it came out you fool, saying hotmail only is reskinned shows how much you know about hotmail. Its got so many new things and will get even more things once wave 3 comes out.

I have just switched form GMail to Live Hotmail because of the intergration with Messenger. But I still think GMail is better. Adverts are handled better, they have free pop3 + imap, can forward to any email account not just GM (live can only forward to live for free), https login + sessions, sent email ain't tagged with adverts like in LH.

Found LH unrealiable and unable to login a few times the last few weeks.

the cool part is that after you fill in your location (county+city) some of the themes will get darker when it's dark or rain when it's rainy in your location!

Mountains for me This is a really cool addition to G-Mail, But i use GMX most of the time, but now i want to go back to G-Mail lol

As per the article... "Google say they will be rolling out themes to everyone over the next couple of days, so you may not see the themes just yet"

creamhackered said,
As per the article... "Google say they will be rolling out themes to everyone over the next couple of days, so you may not see the themes just yet"

But.. but.. I've been with them since they were in beta!

*Looks at logo* Oh, right...

Ned said,
My mom got it before I did. It's a little annoying, actually. She hardly uses her gmail.


That MAY be the point; Target smaller, less used accounts first to see how much it strains the systems. Only a thought, I could be wrong.

Peace,
James