The Productivityist OmniFocus Themes


While I’ve never used anything but the stock OmniFocus theme before, my pal CM Smith (who helped me shape the look of this site) was inspired to put together some custom themes on the heels of the news that I’ll be sitting on The OmniFocus Setup panel in late January during MacWorld|iWorld.
He created both a light and dark theme that matches both my own thoughts on colour choice (as in using yellow instead of red for overdue items to match up with my whole willpower vs. fear mentality) and the look of He used the Open Sans font (the font used here at the site), so if you don’t have that font installed you can get the styles you’ll need using the following links:

(I’ve taken the liberty of providing the font license here as well. To install the fonts, just double-click the files once they’re downloaded.)

Here’s how the Productivityist Light OmniFocus theme looks in action (click on the image for a larger view):

Here’s how the Productivityist Dark OmniFocus theme looks in action (click on the image for a larger view):

The dark theme does look close to the popular Zenburn theme, but CM used the colour scheme that is aligned with what I do.

To use them, go to the Preferences area of OmniFocus, then go to the Style tab. At the bottom on the left hand side you’ll see a small gear icon. Click on that and select “Load Theme” and then browse for the theme you’ve chosen and select it. You’ll then get a window confirming that you want to make the change, and then select OK.

Further to that, you may want to quit and re-open OmniFocus for all of the changes to take effect (the Overdue bubbles, for example may need to refresh to change colour, and this is the best way to do this). I’d also use the same method you used to load the theme to save the theme, because then you’ll have it saved in the Themes folder that OmniFocus looks to as its default storage option.

(You can also open them with OmniFocus either by double-clicking on them or using OmniFocus to open them and the app will know exactly what to do.)

You can download the themes using the links below (Control-click and select “Save Linked File to…” or “Save Linked File As”):

I hope you’ll enjoy using them.

1 And the yellow actually matches the one used in our Mikes on Mics and Mike Techniques logos. So there’s that.


  1. mikeerickson says

    Really liking the light theme (the dark theme is nice but some of elements such as notes are hard to read). Thanks!

  2. James Rose says

    The light theme has become my favorite. I changed green to blue (just personal preference) but left the rest alone. Thanks@

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