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# Profile preferences

A user's profile preferences page allows the user to customize various aspects
of GitLab to their liking.

To navigate to your profile's preferences, click your avatar icon in the top
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right corner, select **Settings** and then choose **Preferences** from the
left sidebar.
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## Navigation theme

The GitLab navigation theme setting allows you to personalize your GitLab experience.
You can choose from several color themes that add unique colors to the top navigation
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and left side navigation.
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Using individual color themes might help you differentiate between your different
GitLab instances.

The default palette is Indigo. You can choose between 10 different themes:

- Indigo
- Light Indigo
- Blue
- Light Blue
- Green
- Light Green
- Red
- Light Red
- Dark
- Light

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![Profile preferences navigation themes](img/profil-preferences-navigation-theme.png)
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## Syntax highlighting theme

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NOTE: **Note:**
GitLab uses the [rouge Ruby library](http://rouge.jneen.net/ "Rouge website")
for syntax highlighting. For a list of supported languages visit the rouge website.
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Changing this setting allows you to customize the color theme when viewing any
syntax highlighted code on GitLab.

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The default syntax theme is White, and you can choose among 5 different colors:
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- White
- Dark
- Solarized light
- Solarized dark
- Monokai

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![Profile preferences syntax highlighting themes](img/profile-preferences-syntax-themes.png)
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## Behavior

The following settings allow you to customize the behavior of GitLab's layout
and default views of your dashboard and the projects' landing pages.

### Layout width

GitLab can be set up to use different widths depending on your liking. Choose
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between the fixed (max. `1280px`) and the fluid (`100%`) application layout.

NOTE: **Note:**
While `1280px` is the standard max width when using fixed layout, some pages still use 100% width, depending on the content.
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### Default dashboard

For users who have access to a large number of projects but only keep up with a
select few, the amount of activity on the default Dashboard page can be
overwhelming. Changing this setting allows you to redefine what your default
dashboard will be.

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You have 8 options here that you can use for your default dashboard view:
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- Your projects (default)
- Starred projects
- Your projects' activity
- Starred projects' activity
- Your groups
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- Your [Todos](../../workflow/todos.md)
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- Assigned Issues
- Assigned Merge Requests
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### Project overview content
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The project overview content setting allows you to choose what content you want to
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see on a project’s home page.
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You can choose between 3 options:
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- Files and Readme (default)
- Readme
- Activity
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## Localization

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### Language

Select your preferred language from a list of supported languages.

*This feature is experimental and translations are not complete yet.*

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### First day of the week

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The first day of the week can be customised for calendar views and date pickers.

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You can choose one of the following options as the first day of the week:

- Saturday
- Sunday
- Monday

If you select **System Default**, the system-wide default setting will be used.