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How to Create a Google Talk Theme

Harris from Sizzled Core has written a nice tip on how to install or change a Google Talk skin. He has also provided with the path where you need to install the theme for it to appear in Google Talk. So this tip is when you have a Google Talk theme with you, how about creating a new one? So follow these simple steps to create your own Google talk theme.

Google Talk

Steps to create a Theme

1. Navigate to this folder;

C:\Documents and Settings\<PROFILE NAME>\Local Settings\
Application Data\Google\Google Talk\themes\system\chat

Here you can see all the pre-installed Chat themes.

2. Select a particular theme and click on the theme folder and navigate to this folder;

C:\Documents and Settings\<PROFILE NAME>\Local Settings\
Application Data\Google\Google Talk\themes\system\chat\<Theme Name>\Contents\Resources

Here you can see main.css file. This is the file which defines the looks of Google Talk skins. You can edit these CSS and create your own custom theme. You can add your own custom images and colors to Google Talk.

3. Now open your Google Talk and select Settings-> Appearance and you will be able to see your new theme.

You can save these theme under different name and can also make it available for public download. 🙂

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  1. Quite nice 😎
    But i like the simple Gtalk interface which makes it alike other messengers. Simplicity Is Beautiful 💡

  2. Thanks for the link love buddy! 🙂 I’m soon going to post some cool web 2.0 themes for GTalk. Don’t forget to check them out! 😀

  3. Wow, Thats a great tip for this month, let me show you some of my creations soon. 🙂 I was in pain to see the same very very simple theme in Gtalk, now got to work on it. 🙂

  4. @Harris,
    Will check them out. 🙂

    Glad that you liked the tip. If you create some great themes, do let me know and make it available for download. 😀

  5. Aha quite a nice way to get rid of the plain old version Gtalk still uses. Thanks for the heads up buddy Stumbled.

  6. Nice article Nirmal. I didnt know about this at all.

  7. This is a nice tip, i never knew that you can create themes for Gtalk

  8. @Keith,
    Thanks for the Stumble.

    @MAdhur and Ram,
    Even I didnt know about these until I just checked the folder after reading that article. 🙂

  9. Great option . I wish there was some web resouse center from where we can download some themes. Like the glossy buttons and all 😀 …

  10. Nice info there

    Devianart.com will help you for sure.

  11. Nice one .. thanks…. u have a very nice blog

  12. thats very nice article….will definately try these tips :mrgreen:

  13. oh wow nice tip gona put my blog image to my google talk 😀

  14. wow nice , thank you so much

  15. 21stcentury and Linux

    Heya!!!! Gtalk is a really useful chat messenger. Like the idea that I can make my own themes for it too.

    Good luck on other articles.

  16. Nice…I’d love to have my own GMail theme. I need something to spice up my eyes, since I’m on there so much.

  17. how to add emoticons to the custom themes of Gtalk??? and what is this “always idle” thing???

  18. Amazing Tip.. I got bored with the same old Gtalk theme.. I allways wished for a sweet Gtalk theme like those in yahoo messenger 9

  19. ThanQ for the tip…

  20. Is there a way to skin the main gtalk window as well, as in the mockup-theme found at http://fc74.deviantart.com/fs40/f/2009/012/f/e/black_gtalk_by_cseec.png ? If so, I’d love to know how.

  21. thanks for the information…., good luck

  22. Thanks for the info I will surely try this out….


  23. well I know most of the world is about to use windows 7, and I haven’t really seen anyone telling how to install it on that system. Just follow these folders “C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Google Talk\themes\system\chat” and you will find the list of themes there. then follow the above instructions. thats all!

  24. how shall I do in Windows 7 ultimate
    I don’t see any place like in windows7

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