It appears as though Google is in the process of launching new themes for iGoogle homepages. They originally launched six different themes that change with time and weather back in March, and since then they haven’t added any new ones. Some users are reporting that five new themes have been added to the selection, but if you’re like me, you’re still stuck with the original six options. Not to worry though, if you’d like one of the new themes, there’s a way around it. Before I explain how to do it, let’s take a look at what’s new.

Aja Tiger:




Hong Kong

hong kong



Solar System


How to add a new theme:

Tony Ruscoe over at Google Blogoscoped outlines how you can use one of the new themes even if you don’t have them added to your list of options. This is what you’ll need to do:

  1. Go to your iGoogle homepage at
  2. In your address bar, enter one of the following lines of code based upon the them you’d like:
    Aja Tiger: javascript:_dlsetp("preview_skin=skins/tiger.xml");
    Autumn: javascript:_dlsetp("preview_skin=skins/autumn.xml");
    Hong Kong: javascript:_dlsetp("preview_skin=skins/hongkong.xml");
    JR: javascript:_dlsetp("preview_skin=skins/jr.xml");
    Solar System: javascript:_dlsetp("preview_skin=skins/planets.xml");

Once you enter the code in your address bar and press enter, the new theme will be applied.