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You’ll never see me driving around in a pimped out car, but tweaking the looks of my computer and everything on it is a whole different case altogether.

When you surf around the web long enough, it will happen. It’s just a matter of time. Sooner or later you’ll arrive on this God awful website that’ll make you scream out in terror and hide beneath your desk. For some reason or another, some people just can’t grasp the concept of design.

User, meet Stylish. Stylish is a Firefox add-on. It’ll enhance your browser experience. Stylish uses simple, user-submitted CSS scripts (similar to Greasemonkey) to tweak the looks of certain websites.

Today we’re going to take a look at the four best Stylish scripts around.

1. Gmail Redesigned v2.0

If a webpage looks bad, we can make it look good. If it looks good, we can make it look better. Globex Designs released Gmail Redesigned, which will give your Gmail a slick dark look. It also visually tweaks all popular Google services. The Google Redesigned add-on was released a few weeks ago. Upon writing this article, Gmail and Google calendar got the treatment.


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2. Grey/Olive v2 Last.fm

Going to Last.fm, I feel like I’m walking into McDonalds; only without the burgers. I don’t like the bright red. It gives a ‘do what you’ve got to do and get out of here’ message.

Grey/OIive v2 Last.fm gives Last.fm a nice and calm grey-green look.

3. Google Web Search – dark blue redesign (vC)

This one gives your Google Web Search a slick blue look. Everyone will ask why Google looks so cool; perhaps you can try the NASA story.

This style is also available in Dark Grey for both Google Web Search and Google Image Search.



4. MySpace – Updated Home Rearranged

I’m not a fan of MySpace. But because we can’t keep some of you away from it anyway, we can at least try to contain the damage. This style fixes a lot of things. It rids the complete site of ads and rearranges the items on your MySpace homepage, making it a lot more compact and usable.

Installing scripts

Installing these scripts is very simple. You just install Stylish, find a script online (or make one yourself) and install it by right-clicking on the Stylish icon at the bottom of your browser.

Are you good with CSS? Why don’t you try making a style for Make Use Of? Be the first! Let us know your favorite Stylish scripts in the comments.

(By) Simon is a student from Belgium who wastes his time relaxing, watching anime and surfing the net. He would tell you to check out his blog, only he doesn’t have one yet!

  1. John
    January 26, 2009 at 9:19 am

    That's so cool! I already have three of the four installed. I never thought anyone but me and a few CS students used Stylish!

  2. Sean M.
    August 26, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Wow all of these look great, and they match my NASA Night Launch firefox theme extremely well. Thanks a bunch, and if you find any more, please let us know.

    • Simon
      August 26, 2008 at 6:54 am

      You ought to take a look at Userstyles.org. They have a huge collection of scripts!

  3. peter
    August 24, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    there is a gmail notifier for Google Apps which you can use to get email notifications
    http://gmailnotifier.net

  4. WebChicklet
    August 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    You can grab the English version at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2108 (You've linked to the NL version above).

    • Simon
      August 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm

      Sorry. Mozilla's redirecting is to blame for this ^^
      The add-on is the same though, just press the big green button ;)

  5. david
    August 24, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Way cool -- just d/l and installed the GMail CSS -- looks great -- thanks for the tip!

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