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Themes / Appearance

Denis Oct 21, 2016 01:57PM PDT


Is it possible to change theme (or, at least, colors) of the application?
I would like to adjust colors and fonts in the sidebars and customize the toolbar.

Thank you.

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Valya Oct 25, 2016 01:02AM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand

Apparently we don't have such feature.

But we've planned to implement a "light" theme.
Currently it's been postpone for some time (as our designer wasn't satisfied with any ideas we had) so feel free to give me your suggestions, we can include them to our work.
What would you make different?
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Denis Oct 26, 2016 12:04PM PDT
Hi Alena,

Thank you for your reply.
Well, as a "light" theme, I think, something like the Finder or design will look perfectly.
I was thinking about changing background of the sidebars at least, to make the app look more "natively" on Mac.
Please see their UI guidelines:

Thank you.
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Valya Oct 26, 2016 10:18PM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand

Thank you for the link!
I'll forward it to our designer, I think we'll be able to use it when we start working on Outline's design again.

You can write to me at and I can show you our mock-ups for the "light" theme.
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Denis Oct 27, 2016 02:03AM PDT
Hi Alena,

Thank you for your reply.
Here is one more example of a "dark theme" UI design, which, in my opinion, looks quite interesting:

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Valya Oct 27, 2016 10:37PM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand

Thank you for the link!

I will show it to our designer.
However we didn't have plans on changing anything in our "dark" theme.
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Denis Oct 29, 2016 01:16PM PDT

Thank you for your reply.
That was just an example.
The "light" theme, similar to, for example,, will be great.

Thank you.
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Sylvie Sep 23, 2017 07:12PM PDT

I'd love to see a lighter theme, black on white is fine, or black on pale yellow - nothing fancy, just easy on the eyes.

The conversation above happened almost one year ago. Any progress on the light theme, please?


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Bryan May 18, 2018 08:56AM PDT
Has there been any progress on the "light" theme design? This would be very useful.

I enjoy the dark theme, but selecting between pages on the sidebar is not intuitive for an end user.

The active page tab in sidebar turns to a gray with white font, where the inactive page tab in sidebar is light gray with dark font. In my opinion this should be reversed. On any dark theme, the active tab should be a bright color so it stands out, not a dark color. The active tab should be light, and inactive tabs should be dark.

Please provide an update to the light theme progress as this is a frustrating issue which seems to be a simple fix. Or, maybe deploy a simple update to existing dark theme to reverse the colors in the meantime?
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Outline May 24, 2018 12:50AM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand
Hello Bryan,
thanks for contacting us and sharing your feedback. Much appreciated!

I have noted your suggestion and we will discuss it while planing our future releases.

Thank you!

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