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Hacking the Lotus Notes 8 UI

When you are bored with your normal splash screen One of the new exiting features of the Eclipse RCP based Notes 8 client are themes. Themes allow you to change many visual aspects of the Notes client UI. While serious developers will take the time and effort to closely work with the corporate design department to define a unified user experience in all corporate colors and fonts, the hackers among us will be in for a quickfix. Here you go:
  1. Locate the directory com.ibm.notes.branding ... inside <Notes Program Dir>\framework\shared\eclipse\plugins\
  2. Create a backup of it, in case you screw it
  3. Edit splash.bmp, add a lotus flower
  4. edit themes/notes.css, look for mailtable>row>unread and change the color from Black to Red (yes it is back)
  5. Do other wierd things to your hearts desire
Your mileage might vary!

Posted by on 25 June 2007 | Comments (2) | categories: Show-N-Tell Thursday


  1. posted by Craig Brown on Sunday 10 August 2008 AD:
    Thanks for this tip. Just moved to Notes 8 and bold black wasn't enough to highlight new messages. Plus it will be fun to have something odd pop up when my Notes starts. I can tease my team members when they upgrade!
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  2. posted by Dan Altemyr on Friday 12 December 2008 AD:
    Thanks! The original splash screen was way too large. It dod not work to remove the splash.bmp entirely, then notes did not start, but making the image 1x1 pixel worked fine Emoticon wink.gif