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So I upgrade to 12.04 (clean install) from 11.04.
I got used to many things in 11.04, one of which is this great work oxygen-gtk

I knew there is gtk3 version, and expected everything to be smooth for some reason. Unfortunately, I soon found out that I'll need not only gtk3 version of this package, but also gtk2 version. This is my issue:

oxygen-gtk3 uses white font color on light background

  • How can I set it to use black font?
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You might consider editing the title so its not Theme specific (to be helpful to others) How do set GTK theme font color Preferences? The reason I suggest you emphasize color is that there are much simpler solutions for changing fonts there size and weight in My Unity. Ubuntu Tweak or Advanced Gnome Settings etc – stephenmyall Apr 27 '12 at 9:20
I'm not sure about that, as oxygen-gtk is not classical theme but depends on special library, thou maybe you are right, maybe it can be issue with other themes, but I don't know – zetah Apr 27 '12 at 9:33

There is kdeglobals file in gtk-3 theme folder - under [WM] section there is setting activeForeground. That setting affects font color

In addition , I was previously successful using this method for the Malys Theme (it may be that some themes are compiled differently)

Go to /usr/share/themes/theme name/gtk-3.0 where there are are .css files You can modify font colors in these files through gedit.

  • Make a back up copy of the .css file before you start (it case things go wrong, you can then revert back)
  • Modify the gtk.css file in gedit.
  • Put in the hexadecimal code of the color you want (This might help)

**Only do this if you are comforatable editing CSS files.""

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I opened it already - there is no setting for font color. I even copied Ambiance gtk.css contents in oxygen (altogether with include files) as there were font settings, but without success, so I revert it to original. – zetah Apr 27 '12 at 9:22
Strange, I answered the question from the top of my head as I did this successfully a few months ago with my favorite Malys theme as I had exactly the same issue. I will check again but unfortunately it won't be until later. Hopefully someone can answer in the interim. – stephenmyall Apr 27 '12 at 9:37
@zetah You might find this article useful… – stephenmyall Apr 27 '12 at 9:50
There is kdeglobals file in gtk-3 theme folder - under [WM] section there is setting activeForeground. That setting affects font color. Stephen if you edit your answer and include this finding, I'll mark it as correct. – zetah Apr 27 '12 at 10:56
I trust you found the atricle useful then (Thanks!) – stephenmyall Apr 27 '12 at 11:03
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Provided answer is not enough. Look at this bug report:

So instead explaining how wrong is answered approach I'd suggest to other users to use git version of oxygen-gtk with provided patch, until gtk3 hype calms down. All above things or tweaking gtk.css is wrong approach, and I hope people responsible for packing this theme read this, for everyone satisfaction

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