DIY Your Own Threaded SMS UI

Posted on Jan 12 2010 - 4:37pm by mrwangkai

Customization is key in Windows Mobile. And with the platform war continue to rage on, Windows Mobile’s Windows root still give the platform an edge when it comes to editing files within the system (with some risk involved, of course).

yxyn, a developer from XDA posted a series of DIY threaded SMS UI consisting of a .css file and various images. This opens up the door to customize the look of your text message page (threaded).

With some changes in the .css file and the images, you can create your own SMS UI.

How to get started?


To begin, it will be easier if you have a template – say the files provided by yxyn. You can change the color or the border style. And once you are done, just save the files as their original filenames and move them into your device’s /Windows directory.

Now, it will be best if you first backup the iframe_style.css file so if your DIY UI didn’t work, you will still be able to restore it back to default.

I had some problem when trying to replace the iframe_style.css file in the default File Explorer due to permission issue. So I tried out Resco Explorer that allows you to overwrite Read-Only files. If you encountered the same issue, you may try this out as well.

The end result? Check out the screenshots below.

Screenshots of DIY threaded SMS UI


So if you have grown tired of the default threaded SMS UI, you may certainly give your CSS/drawing skills a run and create your own UI.

(Source: XDA Developers)

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. BAJU KOREA November 29, 2011 at 4:43 am -

    Is it must in android phone?

  2. Mountain Land for Sale June 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm -

    A threaded SMS user interface? Brilliant! Great work guys and gals.

  3. forex robot June 22, 2010 at 8:29 am -

    What a great resource!

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