Domino Restyle for Notes applications

The Restyle application function is available for users with Designer access.

To access the Restyle wizard, select File > Application > Restyle.
Note: If the application does not inherit from a template, the user is reminded to make a backup. Restyle directly updates the application, so it is strongly encouraged that you create a backup of the application prior to restyling.
Note: Applications that inherit from a template cannot be restyled, as any design changes would be undone by the next design refresh.


The Restyle wizard consists of four tabs:

  • The first tab of the wizard allows the user to select the theme color, application color, and general color scheme for the application (the default selections are a theme color of Neutral Gray, an Application color of Blue, and the Colorful action bar theme).

    The following graphic displays the first tab in the Notes client on Windows:

  • The second tab of the wizard allows the user to identify particular application forms or pages that provide common functions in an application. For example, many applications, including many of the HCL templates, have an application title in the upper left, and a server name in the lower left, with an outline between them. Restyle analyzes the application and identifies these elements.

    However, for applications that do not follow this pattern, or that compute the forms or pages for these elements, the user can override the choices. Not all applications have these elements, and "Not applicable" is a valid response to any of the options in the second tab.

    The following graphic displays the second tab in the Notes client on Windows:

  • The third tab of the wizard defines additional options. Restyle optionally maps existing background colors in tables to similar colors defined in the theme. When the color has meaning in the table (for example, green meaning profit, and red meaning loss), this is an option that only adjusts the color slightly to coordinate with the chosen theme. If the table colors in the application do not have any particular meaning, the user can choose to let Restyle overwrite the background colors to match the theme.

    The default option is to Map the colors rather than to overwrite them. This tab also allows the user to choose whether or not background images on tables should be removed. The default option is to preserve the background images.

    If the application contains a composite application, the third tab also provides an option to override the composite application setting so that the composite application style does not hide the restyled application. Because composite applications sometimes have wiring or other functions besides changing the UI, the default for this setting is off. However, if you want to see the result of a restyle of such an application in the Notes client, selecting this option is recommended.

    The following graphic displays the third tab in the Notes client on Windows:

  • With all options selected, the fourth tab displays while the Restyle operation runs. When complete, either close the dialog or open the newly restyled application.

    The following graphic displays the fourth tab in the Notes client on Windows:


Restyle only updates the UI of the application – the code is not modified. Additionally, Restyle only updates design elements that are relevant to traditional Notes client applications. It modifies the UI of forms, pages, subforms, views, folders, and framesets, but does not impact XPages, Custom Controls, or any design element that is hidden from the Notes client. Because the modified design elements are saved with the ID of the user restyling the application, other users may see ECL alerts. If this is a concern, the application can be re-signed in the Admin or Designer clients prior to rollout.


  • Restyle does not automatically backup your design. Backup your design template or database design before restyling an application
  • Restyle affects the following aspects of an application: Forms/Subforms/Pages and their content (buttons, tables, layers, sections, embedded outlines, Text etc), Views, Folders, Framesets, and Action Bars.
  • Restyle does not affect the following aspects of an application: Layout regions (used in Forms), OLE objects, Navigators, the Default View Navigator, private design elements, and Fields. Any other design element omitted from this list will not be restyled.
  • Xpages are not restyled.
    Note: Restyle is for older design element types.
  • Any design element that is hidden from the Notes client will not be restyled. For example, a Form with the Form Property attribute "Hide Design Element from: Notes R4.6 or later clients" would not be restyled.
  • Restyle does not currently support additional JSON themes.
  • If your database does not inherit from a Template, but an individual design element does, the element will be restyled. However, the restyle will be lost at the next DESIGN refresh (as the design element will resurface from the template).