Eric A. Silva

Getting Started With Blackboard Theme Customizations

To get started with customizing your Blackboard theme, you’ll first need to download the original theme and create a custom.css file.

Download the Original Theme

  1. Navigate to System Admin.
  2. Click Brands and Themes under the Communities module.
  3. Click Theme and Palette Catalog.
  4. Hover your mouse over “Bb Learn 2016” and click the contextual menu icon.
  5. Click Download.
Theme and Palette Catalog in Blackboard

Create custom.css

Once you’ve downloaded and unzipped the file, you’ll notice it contains Core and Plugins folders. We’ll be working in the Core folder as this is where the main theme files are located.

You’ll want to create a custom.css file in the core folder as this is where all the theme customizations will be housed.

Learn 2016 Core Theme Files

Link the custom.css file

theme.css file

After creating your custom.css file, you’ll want to open the theme.css file. Locate the line that says

@import url("theme_specific.css");

Right below this line, add the following line of code:

@import url("custom.css");

This will link your custom.css file with your theme. You’re now ready to begin adding your customizations.


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Eric Silva

Eric is an Instructional Designer at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a Graduate Student at Boise State University. Learn more about me.

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