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Spruce it up: How to change your Gmail Inbox theme

With more than 500 million users it’s hard to understate the value of one of Google’s leading endeavors – Gmail. It’s been around for more than a decade, providing us with a convenient means for sending and receiving emails on the Web. It’s even branched out into real-time communication with Gtalk and Hangouts. Just one problem, albeit it a minor one; by default, Gmail looks rather boring.

Fortunately, changing your Gmail theme is far easier than tearing apart your living room and throwing on coat after coat of primer. Google offers a buffet of colorful high-definition themes to choose from, ranging from sprawling landscapes to classic offerings that recall the tech giant’s unassuming rise in popularity. Best of all, implementing the free themes takes only a few seconds.

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Step 1: Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your Gmail inbox when logged in.

Gear Inbox 2

Step 2: Select Themes from the resulting drop-down menu.

Themes Select

Step 3: Select your desired theme from the list of pre-made options. Keep in mind some personalized themes, ones marked with small icons in the lower right-hand corner of the thumbnail image, are designed to change throughout the day depending on facets such as the weather and sunset. Other symbols, specifically white and black thumbnail corners, indicate whether the theme’s message list background is either light or dark.

If desired, you can also select either the light or dark custom theme and click the select background image link to choose from a slew of user-made presets or upload your own photo. Moreover, you can even share your personalized theme with others via email, Google+, or through the supplied link when you click the Share your theme option.

Themes Gallery 2

Step 4 (optional): To change your location for region-based themes, click the blue Change link at the bottom of the page, select your country from the drop-down list, and enter your desired city. Then, feel free to use Gmail as you would normally.

Save Location

Step 5: That’s all there is to it! Google will automatically change your theme once chosen, giving you more personalization than ever before. Eat your heart out, Outlook.