Styling Flows and Themes

The focus of our building experience is to provide you with great-looking defaults, so you can make flow content quickly. But we also support much deeper customization of your styling - so you can make your content feel on-brand and native to your application (translation: it looks like it belongs there).

There are two tools you'll use to customize the appearance of your flows: Themes and the Minibar.

Using themes

Themes are for creating standardized, repeatable flow content in Appcues. We use them to allow our product designers to set up the defaults - it gives teammates more freedom to create messages. Now we know they will all look on-brand. When our brand got a major upgrade, we made a few changes to our theme and rolled it out to all flows - no additional work required.

The themes in your account include options for fonts, colors, and customizing things like backdrop opacity. You can even control the beacon appearance for hotspots and tooltips! If you'd like to learn more about Themes inside your account, click here!

Managing your Default Theme

When your account is created,  one of the Appcues themes will be set as the default theme. This theme will be used as the theme for any new flows as they are created. 
If you'd like to update the default theme this can be done by selecting the three dots for the new theme and selecting Set as default. This will make it so any new flows that are created will use this theme as the default theme. This will not affect existing flows

Adding custom fonts

Your themes can also include your chosen typeface, imported using Google fonts, Typekit, or custom CSS. See this guide for more.

Using custom CSS

When the options in themes are not sufficient, you can also customize your theme using custom CSS. The custom CSS section in themes supports any CSS customization you may need. To target the appropriate selectors, please review this guide.

Custom CSS will take precedent over theme settings adjustments. If you do not see your change in the preview, adjust your custom CSS.

NOTE: Custom CSS does not apply to Pins at this time.

The Minibar

The Minibar is for styling components inside the Appcues Builder. For each component type, choose options like font style, alignment, and spacing.  

Advanced Styling Options

Custom CSS for specific patterns

These have been moved into separate guides:

Custom CSS for styling buttons

You can add your own customizable buttons in your Modals and Slideouts. By default, these buttons will adopt the styles set in the theme. To change the button background color and button font color, you can edit your Theme's colors or use this article to create custom buttons with different styling as you see below!


To have two different button colors on the same modal (pictured above):
  1. Click the add "+" button on the right and choose Button to add the custom buttons within the same row. Here is our help doc with more info about creating custom buttons.  
  2. After the buttons have been configured, on the same line as the recently added buttons, click the + button and choose HTML 
  3. Enter the HTML code to change the color and save the changes.


Here's the needed CSS in plaintext... 

<em><style>   .zone-container:nth-of-type(1) a.appcues-button {     background-color: gray !important;   }   .zone-container:nth-of-type(2) a.appcues-button {     background-color: blue !important;   } </style> </em>

Please note: you can use "blue" or "0000FF" when changing the colors in the code above.

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