How To Change/Install Themes In Google Talk

by on December 11, 2007
in Google, Softwares, Tips and Tricks

What’s up readers? How was your weekend? :D I hope you had a great one. Last time, I wrote about GTalk (Google Talk) was when I found how to unblock blocked contacts in it. This time, I’m going to tell you how you can change or install new themes in GTalk.

Remember, themes are not skins. Gmail themes only change the layout of the conversation window. Where as skins change the entire design of the application.

How To Change Themes In GTalk

Just follow the steps below and you will have a new theme in no time:

  1. Open GTalk.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click Appearance.
  4. Below Chat Theme, you’ll see a drop box. Choose whatever theme you want.
  5. Click OK and start chatting with someone to try the new theme.

There are about 10 pre-installed themes in GTalk, excluding the default one. I like the “orkut Picture” theme.

How To Install Themes In GTalk

Already knew change themes and tired of the default ones? Wanna install custom themes? Just follow the following steps:

1. Make sure you have the skin (usually as ZIP file).

2. Extract the files anywhere in your PC. (I don’t think I need to explain how to extract files :P Just do it with Winzip or any other good app.)

3. Copy the theme folder and paste it in:

C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAMELocal Settings
Application DataGoogleGoogle Talkthemesuserchat

USERNAME is your Windows user account name. If the chat folder (in the end) is not in the user folder, then create one and paste the theme folder in it.

4. That’s all! Now open GTalk, go to Settings > Appearance > Chat Theme and apply your new theme.

This was easy, right? :) There are some interesting tricks and articles coming up in the next few posts related to Google Talk. So, subscribe to my feed and catch the latest tricks first! :D

UPDATE: Want to download cool looking GTalk themes? See my collection of GTalk themes.

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  • Nice tip, do you know any good sites which offer these skins? If so provide the link.

  • Thanks for this post, I found some interesting themes and also a new blog post. :smile:

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  • nice find man :cool:

  • Don’t worry… I’ll post some cool looking web 2.0 GTalk themes. I got them from an underground forum sometime ago :D

  • Excellent tip buddy! Stumbled :grin:

  • Gotto change the boring old theme to something else thanks for the tip

  • @Brown: Thanks for the stumble! :D

    @Keith: Go go go! :D BTW, don’t forget to see my next post. I’ll be sharing some cool GTalk themes.

  • ram

    This is a great tip, looking for some themes now. stumbled :grin:

  • Nice find buddy. I am busy exploring new themes now.

  • Dude waiting for your themes :grin:
    Hope to get it tomorrow :roll:
    Your screenshot was just awesome :wink:

  • @Ram: Thanks buddy!

    @Madhur: If you find any good ones, do share them :)

    @Keshav: Heheh, yeh you’ll get it tomorrow…! :D I hope you’ll like them.

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  • Hey, the title of the post enticed me, as I use GTalk quite frequently. However, I was honestly unhappy to find that you had no list of custom themes, or links to other posts. I hope you have a future post on that, as you’ve told in an above comment.

    PS: Can you do me a favour? Make the subscribe by email checkbox as unchecked by default. Those who want it will obviously look for it, and for others, it is a big problem if ignored. Hope you would….

  • @Sumesh: LOL, I guess you missed it. In the end of the post, there’s a link to my post of GTalk themes. Here it is: :)

    And hey, I did went through your suggestion about making the Subscribe By Email checkbox unchecked and I have think making it unchecked was better. Thanks! :)

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  • sunidhi

    hey i din understand a single word….
    infact i dnt have custom themes which generally cm wid gtalk :sad:
    jus hv classic…how to install others as well how to personalise it…plss do lemme knw

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  • pratik

    how to install orkut theme

  • uday

    what do you do if your documents and settings folder is inaccessible???
    how do you install your themes then?

  • ssazz

    how to install a gtalk theme in vista…..
    i cant find this location in vista– C://Documents and Setting/USERNAME/Local Settings/
    Application Data/Google/Google Talk/themes/user/chat

  • Yeah, for Windows 7 and Vista The location of installation is different. You can refer… It works!

  • I tried everything. I use Windows XP but I could not find

    C://Documents and Setting/USERNAME/Local Settings/
    Application Data/Google/Google Talk/themes/user/chat

    I searched a lot but to no avail. Please help.

  • Thanks, Very useful.

  • Linthu

    how can i make my own image for gtalk theme…please help me. windows 7

  • john

    can i make my own theme for gtalk …please help me.

  • Hom

    3. Copy the theme folder and paste it in:

    C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAMELocal Settings
    Application DataGoogleGoogle Talkthemesuserchat

    (I don’t understand this step….how can I do)

  • Gchowdary143

    hii ihave iphone sms style skins and files can you create iphone aduin skin…. its very good looking