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Is there a way to tweak the amount of padding inside UI elements in Ubuntu, besides installing a different gtk theme?

This is how eclipse looks in Ubuntu (with the Radiance theme)

Crop of eclipse in Ubuntu

And this is how it looks on XP

Crop of eclipse in Windows Xp

What I would like to do is reduce the padding around the icons in the toolbar or the padding around text in tabs. Is there an app or some config file I could edit?

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No solution for your problem, but I agree Eclipse looks horrible. – 8128 Oct 29 '10 at 8:59
Your images are not loading but I know that eclipse doesn't look great on Linux. Its been an age old problem and the gtk hacks break other UI of other apps. – Chakra Oct 29 '10 at 9:06
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Try to see if this solution works for you.

Its specific to Eclipse.

Personally, I am now used to Eclipse in Ubuntu now after an upgrade to 24" LCD and reduced font size :)

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yeah, a huge monitor would be an option, too. – agnul Oct 29 '10 at 9:28

There is a somewhat outdated theming tutorial on the GNOME wiki that might be useful.

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Gnome Colour Chooser appears to be able to alter padding on buttons etc. its available from the software centre.

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