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When initially installing themes, you can take a different route to enable them. In this tutorial we'll show you how to change themes if you're not actually going through the install process. Themes are a very important part of your site as they control the look and feel of your pages as well as colors, layout and even the size of the page and or fonts. There will be times when you want to change your theme. This may be for seasonal change, holiday, or another reason altogether. Changing your theme is very simple via the admin dashboard. To change your theme in Drupal 7, simply perform the following steps:

Changing the theme in your Drupal 7 admin dashboard:

  1. Log into your Drupal 7 Admin panel.
  2. Using the top menu area, click on the Appearance option.
  3. This will bring up the themes page. You will see all enabled themes in the top portion of the screen with the current theme at the very top. To enable a different theme, simply scroll down to theme of your choice and click on the link labeled Set Default. In this example, I will select the Garland theme to be my new default.
  4. After clicking on the link, the screen refreshes to display the newly selected theme at the top. There should also be a green message that reads 'Garland is now the default theme'. Visiting your site, you will now see the new layout based on the theme you selected.
    Before After
    change-theme-before change-theme-after

That is how you change your default site theme in Drupal 7.

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2016-01-31 6:02 am

What happens if the theme made its own content types. If I change to a different theme does that mean it wont know what to do with that specific content type and the pages will need to be converted?


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2015-09-08 3:15 am

I want to know how to change a drupal theme bt terminal

43,761 Points
2015-09-08 12:48 pm

I am not sure what you mean by bt terminal, could you please explain with more detail?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-07-16 3:03 pm

That is very helpful but how you desable the default theme of sub-theme?

42,232 Points
2014-07-16 4:20 pm
Hello Dan San,

Thanks for the question. You question appears to be related to the creation of a subtheme in Drupal. Subthemes are just like other themes except that they are based on another theme. If the sub-theme was created correctly, then you would be able to DISABLE it in the Themes list under Appearance (in the Drupal backend). If you are not able to see this, it's possible that there is a possible problem the theme and you may simply need to find (or create) the proper subfolders for the theme to work in the Drupal Administrator correctly. Check out the link provided above for creating the sub-theme and then you should be able to work backwards from there if you need to disable the theme.

Arnel C.

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