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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.

Adrianne Adrianne 10 years
I have an Ugly Betty theme from I'm waiting for the Jason Mraz one to come out though! :D
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
oh my goodness! i didnt know this existed!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 10 years
Smart and very cute ;)
aistea311 aistea311 10 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 10 years
Hi chiccox3 :WAVE: I have that annoying gray "arrange" box! :evil: How did you get rid of it?
chiccox3 chiccox3 10 years
nevermind i got it!
chiccox3 chiccox3 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
I sent this to GeekSugar but I also found this today:
baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 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 10 years
thanks for the research calamari
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Good idea geeksugar!
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 10 years
Brrrrrillian Idea, am so going to try it now! :D
Tech Tech 10 years
Thanks for staying on top of this calamari and please keep us posted!
calamari calamari 10 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 10 years
I'm set up :WOOHOO: Thanks... this'll be fun!
steen steen 10 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 10 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 10 years
I am not getting this option what so ever. Thats sucks!
luminousfae luminousfae 10 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.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I am calamari. I chose it, but, now to scroll up or down i have to double click the arrows instead of just clicking. Plus, i had the google logo on random, and now it seems to me stuck. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
calamari calamari 10 years
TO: luminousfae Look for some type that says "new SelectTheme". It should be next to the "Add Stuff" button towards the top of the screen. Some other friends of mine were also having trouble with this last night. Is anyone else having problems?
luminousfae luminousfae 10 years
What? I the only one who's not getting this option? Theme options are nowhere to be found on my personalized google page.
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