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How to Create a Google Talk Theme


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.

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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. Keshav Khera

    December 11, 2007 at 4:18 pm

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

  2. Haris

    December 11, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    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. Smackall

    December 11, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    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. nirmaltv

    December 11, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    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. Keith Dsouza

    December 11, 2007 at 10:42 pm

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

  6. Madhur Kapoor

    December 12, 2007 at 4:01 am

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

  7. ram

    December 12, 2007 at 4:09 am

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

  8. nirmaltv

    December 12, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for the Stumble.

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

  9. kanak

    December 12, 2007 at 10:30 am

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

  10. Shashank

    December 12, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Nice info there

    @kanak will help you for sure.

  11. Raj

    December 12, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks For the Tip 🙂

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  14. Myo Kyaw Htun

    December 19, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Interesting. 😀

  15. Chan

    February 7, 2008 at 6:34 am

    cool tip 🙂

  16. Myittzu

    February 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    so nice !

  17. Shoban

    March 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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

  18. Payal Bansal

    April 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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

  19. moin

    July 10, 2008 at 5:38 am

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

  20. khinelay

    July 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    wow nice , thank you so much

  21. 21stcentury and Linux

    October 8, 2008 at 9:13 am

    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.

  22. Tim@TheWindowsFix

    October 13, 2008 at 1:57 am

    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.

  23. Kidagakash

    November 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm

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

  24. Nicholas |

    January 6, 2009 at 1:27 am

    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

  25. Vasu

    January 28, 2009 at 9:16 am

    ThanQ for the tip…

  26. Aaron

    February 12, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Is there a way to skin the main gtalk window as well, as in the mockup-theme found at ? If so, I’d love to know how.

  27. coretandigital

    August 23, 2009 at 5:16 am

    thanks for the information…., good luck

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  29. Integrated

    March 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

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


  30. Integrated

    March 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks cool man!


  31. bestcellphone

    June 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    thanks, its very helpful.

  32. Jeevanjot Singh (GILL SAAB)

    June 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    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!

  33. min

    July 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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

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