Change the Look of the Tumblr Dashboard

Since you’re reading this, I think it’s safe to assume that you have a Tumblr account. With that being said, do you like the look of Tumblr’s dashboard or do you wish that you could change the appearance of it?
Tumblr has hundreds of great themes that you can use to customize the style of your blog, but what about the dashboard? Everyone has the same dashboard and truth be told, it’s not the greatest design to look at. So if you’re unhappy with the design of the Tumblr dashboard, I’m going to show you how to change it with a Chrome extension called Nice Tumblr.
The Nice Tumblr extension will change the appearance of the background, sidebar and icons in the Tumblr dashboard. You can customize the dashboard using your own CSS file or choose one of the included pre-made themes.

Installation and Customization

1. Install the extension from the Chrome Web Store by clicking on “Add to Chrome.”
2. Nice Tumblr does not add an icon to your browser, so you’ll need to view your extensions to get to the options page. You can do this by going to the Tools menu in your browser and then extensions, or right-click on any of your browser extension icons and select “Manage Extensions.”
Click to View Options for Nice Tumblr
It’s also noted in the extension’s description that you can set a theme by clicking on a button in your Tumblr dashboard. Next to the logout button, you should see a button with a “t” on it.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see the button, but hopefully you will be able to find it.
3. Choose a pre-made theme from the list; there are currently 18 themes to choose from. If you don’t like the background of the theme, you can use a custom background image by inserting the URL into the “Custom background” text box.
This is something else I had an issue with. I couldn’t get my custom background to “apply” to my chosen pre-made theme. I did get the background to show up by using CSS, but unfortunately you can’t use custom CSS with a pre-made theme.
Choose a Pre Made Tumblr Dashboard Theme and Use Your Own Background
When you click on a theme, you’ll get a live preview of the background and the header of the theme will display at the top of the page. This way, you can get a glimpse before committing to it.
4. If you prefer, you can use your own CSS by entering it into the Custom CSS text area at the bottom of the page.

Test Out Your Theme

Now that you’re done, you can go to your Tumblr dashboard to see how your new theme looks. If successful, you should see the pre-made or custom theme that you’ve applied.
Newly Designed Tumblr Dashboad with Nice Tumblr Extension
That’s it. As you can see from the screenshot above, the Tumblr dashboard looks completely different from the default dashboard theme.

Final Thoughts

Nice Tumblr gives your Tumblr dashboard a stylish transformation in as little as five minutes. If you access the Tumblr dashboard often, it’s definitely worth using the plugin so that you can change the look from time to time.
Are you using Nice Tumblr? If so, are you using a custom or pre-made theme?


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