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November 5, 2010

New Gmail Themes

There are many Gmail themes to choose from, but few of them are actually usable. Gmail added 5 new themes: Basic Black, Basic White, Tree Tops, Marker and Android.

Even if you're not an Android fan or you don't have an Android phone, you should really try the Android theme. It's simple, stylish and you can still read your messages.


If you're looking for a minimalist theme, Basic White is a good alternative to Minimalist, an already existing theme. It looks a little bit unfinished, but Google says it's the Gmail interface stripped "to the bare bones".


What's your favorite Gmail theme?

54 comments:

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    1. hi! i want change my gmail look or lastest thems to insert in my gmails but i have some problems for inserting lastest google download gmail thems pls give the solution

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  2. Finally new themes! I wish they keep making more of these; especially the ones that change depending on time, location, etc.

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  3. I really liked Night Shade for a while, but I'm back to Basic Blue now.

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  4. What good are these themes if they're providing degraded experience to the users?

    http://webwanderings.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/gmail-is-slow-lately-my-curated-post-to-show-how-microsoft-is-jumping-on-the-opportunity-and-how-times-have-changed/

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  5. High Score is my current favorite. I'm a little bummed out that some of its features got lost with the latest Gmail revamp, though. E.g., the arcade contact section.

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  6. I do like the Android theme, but most of them are totally usable. The sidebars on "Marker" made my brain bleed. I am sticking with Shiny.

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  7. Crap, by "usable" I meant "UNusable."

    I am a moron.

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  8. Take heart, Paul, I think I've committed much more grievous slips in my few trips around the sun.

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  9. Android theme looks the cleanest among them all. It will be nice to have a Gmail Android T-Shirt :-)

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  10. I'm turned off by the disabled-looking buttons in basic white. Instead, I'm drawn to Marker (ha ha ha).

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  11. The Gmail team definitely needs to fix the size of the logo in Marker, though.

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  12. I like the "Basic White" theme a lot better with the "Back to Beta" logo enabled in Labs than without.

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  13. yay Android theme! already set it :D

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  14. I would really love the Marker theme if it weren't for that obnoxious blue!

    The others are nice, the basic ones being my favorite. But I'll still continue to use the Minimalist theme. I don't have a Mac but I think it's look really nice on one.

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  15. I was so excited to hear about the new themes, but I was really disappointed when I actually saw them. Another white one? Another black one? Already have them.

    Tree Tops looks like Turf. Marker looks, well, childish. The Android one is, quite frankly, boring.

    I agree with El Foncho. More themes that mimic the weather and sunlight in your area would be great. I switch around themes all the time but I almost always go back to Tree. It's simple, clean and it mimics the weather in my town. Second place is Tea House for the same reasons, and it reflects the daylight/night time of my town.

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  16. Themes with non repeating photographic backgrounds such as treetops, mountains and orcas island should be redone so they still look good on high resolutions. They look awful when the photo covers only a portion of the screen width.

    This could be so much easier if gmail allowed custom backgrounds like web search does.

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  17. I make my own theme with solid colors.

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  18. I cannot think of any other theme than 'Shiny'

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  19. I've 'upgraded' from the Ninja theme to the Marker theme, and I'm loving it!

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  20. Android is nice, but kind of too white (thought that might be my monitor's brightness setting), but I still prefer Tea House.

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  21. Gmail got Android theme but Gmail rich text editor still without Droid Sans font http://imgur.com/m4XQA.png but why not?

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  22. god google sucks at design. seriously none of these themes look close to good. its pretty embarassing that a company like google can't design anything that doesnt look like a mess from the 90s.

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  23. @alexsupra: What's that blue star in Chrome toolbar? Looks like a bookmarks extension, which?

    Neat Bookmark is the best out there, but it doesn't really blend in to Chrome (IMHO).

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  24. i ♥ the android 1! i love the lime green color, with the very detailed background design, perfect for my ♥ of color and style! thx gmail ☺

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  25. "Marker" is great. The highlighter pen effect really stands out when you select messages.

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  26. another vote for 'shiny', still by far the best.

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  27. Gmail has provided many themes but I like to use Desk, Zoozimps and Tea house. I am really happy by hearing that google have invented new themes and I just hope that google will create more themes that changes based on location, Atmosphere and time.

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  28. I Love marker , much better than candy!

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  29. You know, I really think you should be able to upload your own photo as a theme. I have "MARKER" and it's soo COOL!!!

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  30. how to apply this theme to my gmail

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  31. i think you should come up with more colorful themes for teens and kids

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  32. These are pretty cool. I especially like the nature scence themes, like the tree one. By the way, design your own has too few options.

    Anyway, i ♥ gmail! :)

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  33. I think Google should have animal themes like cats or dogs. My favorites now are high score,ninja and desk but I wish google would update with more themes.

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  34. I want new gmail themes to my gmail

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  35. I want new gmail Themes, as i got fed up with existing themes..

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  36. The first time I like the theme graffiti but in new gmail themes I like android

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  37. i love bus stop, but i hate how they moved the whole inbox, etc. way over to the right! so now i am just sticking to candy and beach. I think they should come out with more like those. and not so much just plain colors. because i get bored of it after a few months, since i am constantly on my email.

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  38. Up until now I've been using Planets since it was made available--heavily customized, though, to give it more color highlighting. I like it dark but not monotone. But now I'm switching to Tree Tops--also heavily customized, though not as much (don't need it--defaults are pretty good... plenty "readable"). It's not as dark, but it's still plenty dark enough.

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  39. I'm still not sure witch one!

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  40. Okay, if you are complaining about the lighting, this is all due to your computers light.Also laptop users, if your battery is running low,you need to find the power supply and plug it in to see the full possibilities of your lighting. Otherwise or always plugged in computers, you can look in the control panel and see if lighting is there, if not then you just will have't to stick with your lighting... or you might want a new computer. If you plug in your laptops, you can see the lighting become lighter. If you take the power supply out while the battery is a good percent, (enough to run) you can take it out and see the lighting become dimmer. :) Thanks for letting me share!

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  41. Android is nice, but...too white I prefer Basic Blue.

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