Theming Gmail: Make G-mail look better

A lot of talk has been going on ever since Google decided to change the design of all its web services. Not many care about google+ etc, but when it comes to how gmail looks, people certainly care. Last week, I came across this post by Jason crawford where he shows us what his gmail inbox looks like. Crawford states in his post:

Reports are coming in from around the Internet that the Gmail redesign, which we were previously able to stave off with “revert to the old look temporarily”, is now forcing itself upon us. I too have succumbed to the new design, and have been forced to find ways to cope.

Unlike him, I personally like the new ‘layout’ better than the old one. I say ‘layout’ because I am perfectly ok with the flow of the interface, but not with all the white space and red ‘call to action’ buttons. That blood red compose button in gmail is always annoying. Moreover, all that white space is also not pleasing to the eyes. I have overcome all these niggles through some simple steps.

Switch to cozy view

Under the gears icon in gmail, three different view options are available. Comfortable is too spacey and compact is too cramped. Cozy is the view which strikes a balance between the two.

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Switch to the blue theme

Under the gears icon, go to themes and select the blue theme. Trust me, there can’t be a color more pleasing to the eyes than blue. For one, its not a distracting color and helps stay focused. Also, the blood red buttons and white space is gone in this theme.

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Before/After

Screenshots of how it looked before and after..

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Before..

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After..

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This is just my personal opinion about gmail should look. If you have customized your gmail in a different way, let me know in the comments.

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