How to Change or Make a Tumblr Theme

Is your Tumblr blog a little too boring-looking for your tastes?  Want to give it a face-lift and really spice it up?  Well, how about changing its theme?  You can give your blog a quick and easy make-over by selecting a pre-made theme, or if you're creative and have the time (or at least know someone who is good at web design), you can make your very own custom Tumblr theme!

To change a Tumblr theme:

  1. Log into your Tumblr account.

  2. Click the "Account" icon and click on one of your blogs.

  3. Click Edit Appearance.

  4. Click Edit Theme.

  5. Click Browse Themes.

  6. Select a category of themes to browse, or search for a specific theme.

  7. Click on a theme, and then click Use.

  8. Click Save, and then click Exit.

Yikes!  That's a lot of steps!  Don't worry, though; the process is fairly straightforward, and we're going to walk you through it in full, with pictures that will show you where everything is.

Detailed instructions for how to change the theme of your Tumblr blog

  1. Open your web browser, go to, and log in.

  2. Click the Account icon in the top-right corner, and click the name of the blog that you wish to change the theme for.

  3. In the upper-right section of the blog, in the main blog menu, click Edit Appearance.

  4. Scroll down to the "Website Theme" section and click Edit Theme.

  5. You will be taken to your theme editing screen.  To quickly switch your current theme with a pre-made one, start by clicking Browse Themes.

  6. If you just want to see what themes are available for free, click the drop down menu that says All Themes and select Free Themes.  You can also select another option to see themes with a particular design.  Furthermore, you can click the magnifying glass icon and type in search terms to look for a theme by name.

    If you want to see even more themes for Tumblr, go to

  7. Click on a theme in the menu on the left (you can scroll up and down to see more themes) to preview it in the window on the right.  If you like how it looks, click Use at the top of the screen.

  8. If you're satisfied with everything you've done, click Save, and then click Exit to go back to your blog settings.

How to make a Tumblr theme

You can make your own custom Tumblr theme if you want something extra-special, or don't like any of the themes available to you.  Unfortunately, it's a bit tedious and technical in nature, as you have to know how to write HTML computer code to do it.  But if you have a friend or family member who is skilled in web design, they might be able to help you with it!

To get started, follow the tutorial in the preceding section until you get to step 5.  Then, instead of clicking Browse Themes, click Edit HTML.

This help article from Tumblr can help you with what to do from there.

You can also just skip clicking Edit HTML and play around with a bunch of quick settings further down the menu to the left.  They may be different based on the theme that you've currently selected, and for some of them, it may be difficult to understand what they do without trying them out yourself.  If you're stuck, consider asking a friend or family member who's more technically-inclined for help.


Now you know how to change your Tumblr blog's theme if you ever want to give it a new look!

How to Search Tumblr

Tumblr is a platform that promotes discovery more than finding something specific.  With that said, it does have some simple search functions that you can use to find individual posts, or even whole Tumblr blogs.  You can also sort or filter your search results in certain ways.  We'll show you how in this lesson.

To search Tumblr:

Log into your Tumblr account and click the "Search Tumblr" box.  Type in some terms and press "Enter", or select a suggestion.  You can sort results by most popular or most recent, or filter them to see only one type of post.  You can also change your results view, and show or hide adult-oriented results.

That's a quick introduction to some of the different search features of Tumblr.  Below, we'll show you how to use them in detail, complete with screenshots to help guide you.

Detailed instructions for how to search Tumblr

  1. Open your web browser, go to, and log in.

  2. Click in the box labelled "Search Tumblr" in the upper-left portion of the screen (it has a magnifying glass inside it) and type in what you want to search for.  Note that Tumblr will search for your terms in both posts themselves as well as any tags that they have been given.

    As you type, Tumblr will come up with suggestions for what you might want to search for, with popular terms at the top and specific Tumblr blogs that match your terms at the bottom.  Click on a term suggestion to use that as your search term, or click on a blog name to go right to that blog.  Or, you can just press the "Enter" key and search for exactly what you typed in.

  3. At the top of the screen, you will see your search terms, possibly along with related terms that people search for frequently.  You can click one of the suggestions here to use it as your new search query.

    Below that, you will see blogs on Tumblr that are related to your search terms.  You can click on the blog's name to go to it, or click on one of the specific posts to go directly to that post.  Click the arrows at either the left or right end of the list to cycle through more results.

  4. Further down the screen, you will see individual posts that have been returned as results.  Click on the name of the blog that the post comes from to view more details about that individual post.

    At the top of your post results will be additional options.  On the left, you can click Most Popular to switch between sorting your post results by ones that have a lot of activity on them, or ones that have been posted recently (Most Recent).  You can also click Filter By Post Type to choose to only see one of the seven types of posts (Text, Photo, Quote, Link, Chat, Audio, or Video), or All Posts.

    On the right, you can change how your results are displayed.  Grid View displays results in a compact grid, so you can see many at once.  List View displays results as a cascading list, so you can see posts in more detail.  TV View is a unique view that randomly displays GIFs (short looping animations) that match your search terms in a slideshow; you can skip back and forth between results, or pause and resume the slideshow, as you wish.

    Oh, and one more really important thing is here on the right: the adult-oriented content filter, represented by the little lock icon.  If the lock is closed, you will not see posts flagged as adult-oriented in your results.  If the lock is open, some adult-oriented results may be mixed in with the rest.  Click the lock icon to turn the filter on or off.

That's how to search on Tumblr, in a nutshell!

How to Reblog on Tumblr

Have you ever found something cool while searching or browsing other people's posts on Tumblr?  Did you wish that there was an easy way to make a similar post on one of your own Tumblr blogs without trying to recreate the whole thing from scratch?  Lucky for you, there is!  It's called "reblogging", and this lesson will go over how it works and how you can do it.

What is Tumblr's "reblogging" feature?

Tumblr "reblogging" is the act of copying a post on somebody else's Tumblr blog and publishing that post on one of your own Tumblr blogs, while giving the original author credit.  It's sort of like making a citation in a research paper: giving someone else credit for their ideas, which you're saying in your own words.

To reblog on Tumblr:

  1. Open your web browser, go to, and log in.

  2. Find a post on a Tumblr blog that you wish to reblog, and click the "Reblog" icon beneath it.

  3. Choose which of your blogs you wish to reblog the post to.

  4. Optionally, you may add an alternate description or tags to your reblogged post. 

  5. Click Reblog.

Woah… based on the number of steps it takes, is reblogging on Tumblr really that easy?  As a matter of fact, it is!  Just take a look at the full set of instructions below if you don't believe us.

Detailed instructions for how to reblog on Tumblr

  1. Open your web browser, go to, and log in.

  2. Find a post on Tumblr that you like; you may need to search other people's Tumblr blogs to find one (see our How to Search Tumblr tutorial).  For now, we'll just use one from the suggestions on our sample account's dashboard.

    Once you find a post that you want to reblog, click the Reblog icon in the lower-right corner.

  3. In the top-left corner, click the drop-down menu and select which of your blogs you wish to copy this post to.  Notice that, beside this menu, you can see the Tumblr ID of the blog that you're reblogging the post from.

    Like when you create original posts on Tumblr, you can click in the areas below the main part of the post and add a description or tags (even if the original post already had one or both of these). 

    When you're done, click Reblog.  (Note that you can select alternate publishing options for a reblogged post as well, like making it private or scheduling it to be published later.)

That's how reblogging on Tumblr works!  See, we told you it was easy!