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Personalize Your Google Homepage - New Feature!

Starting today you can add some color and flair to
Google's personalized home pages. You'll get the choice of six fancy panoramas - a city, a teahouse, a winter scene, a sky, a beach and a bus stop - that change depending on the time of day and the weather. If you add the beach theme, for example (changes with time of day), it will ask you for your Zip code and adjust itself to match your local sunrise and sunset times.

You can add a theme by first setting up a personalized homepage. Once your homepage is set up, click the "Select Theme" link on the right-hand side of the page. From there you can choose between the classic theme and the six new themes Google has designed. A giant thanks to calamari for sending me his personal page...I've been trying to make one for hours and have been timed out. Seems like it's the thing to do today.

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Adrianne Adrianne 9 years
I have an Ugly Betty theme from I'm waiting for the Jason Mraz one to come out though! :D
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
oh my goodness! i didnt know this existed!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
Smart and very cute ;)
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
Smart and very cute ;)
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
I love it! The random flickr pictures are so cool, and I picked the cute tea house as my background. Thanks Geeksugar!
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Hi chiccox3 :WAVE:I have that annoying gray "arrange" box! :evil: How did you get rid of it?
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Hi chiccox3 :WAVE: I have that annoying gray "arrange" box! :evil: How did you get rid of it?
chiccox3 chiccox3 9 years
nevermind i got it!
chiccox3 chiccox3 9 years
nevermind i got it!
chiccox3 chiccox3 9 years
i've got it! but there's this annoying gray box that says "To rearrange your page, drag and drop the title bars." does anyone know how to get rid of it?
ellemac ellemac 9 years
Guys, this is the coolest part of gmail. I used to live on the beach in Miami, and now I recently moved to Chicago - no ocean - but my google home page helps, especially in the morning. :-)
Did mine and it looks awesome...I did the beach scene...that is where i wish i was all the time...
calamari calamari 9 years
I finally heard back from google about the problems that many sugar users were having getting google themes to work. Not much help I'm afraid. I pasted the text from the email below: Thank you for your note. You can find our online help content for themes at Please keep in mind that our themes feature is currently only available on with your interface language set to English. We hope to expand our homepage themes feature in the future. If your friends are using in English but don't have the "Select theme" link in the upper-right corner of your homepage, please be assured that we're aware of this problem, and our engineers are currently investigating. We hope to have this fixed soon. Regards, The Google Team This sounds like the problem that luminousfae and some of the other users were having. So I guess they are aware of the problem and are looking into it. Hopefully it gets fixed soon...
Katharine Katharine 9 years
I sent this to GeekSugar but I also found this today:
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
I noticed problems when I first used it in firefox- when I switched to IE it worked fine. A day later, no problems.
luminousfae luminousfae 9 years
thanks for the research calamari
Hope5 Hope5 9 years
Good idea geeksugar!
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 9 years
Brrrrrillian Idea, am so going to try it now! :D
Tech Tech 9 years
Thanks for staying on top of this calamari and please keep us posted!
calamari calamari 9 years
Hi Everyone, Sorry, I couldn't find any definite answers, but lots of other people are having the same problem. There are similar comments over at, but no real solutions yet: They mostly just suggest some typical things to try: logging in & out of your account, clearing your browser's cache, etc... I contacted google about the problem and will let everyone know if I get a response.
suzanne suzanne 9 years
I'm set up :WOOHOO: Thanks... this'll be fun!
steen steen 9 years
My Google homepage is a part of my daily routine --- I stay on top of blog postings, weather, news, etc. --- so I love that they introduced nifty themes! The sun on the beach theme is a little out of synch for me but it's still pretty!
calamari calamari 9 years
Wow! These problems sound weird. Things are slow at my work right now, so I am going to do a little research and try and find some answers. I did just read that if you are using anything other than ( - in canada, for example) than the theme option isn't available. But before I bog down the comments section with possible solutions, I will try and find some other answers. Maybe we can meet later in the teamsugar forum, rather than just posting comments back and forth. I'll let everyone know if I find anything.
Nightwind Nightwind 9 years
I am not getting this option what so ever. Thats sucks!
luminousfae luminousfae 9 years
I keep hitting refresh but nada :( I see where I have the "add stuff" option and I see where the option for "select theme" should be from the screencap in this post but it just doesn't appear for me. Hopefully in time.
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