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

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

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!

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?

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 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

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.

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