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Sometimes I get the error that seems to be described in this thread (see this post for an image). However, despite it being an error, I actually enjoy the theme (or lack thereof) with it's carved buttons, no rounded corners and clear boundaries between elements. Maybe it just feels nostalgic, but anyway -- I want to know how to keep that theme (non-theme?) permanently.

Btw, it doesn't seem to be the Clearlooks theme, which according to what I read is the default Gnome theme, so I'm inclined to believe that it is Gnome unthemed.

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1) Open the file "%gconf.xml" at "~/.gconf/apps/metacity/general" (gedit ~/.gconf/apps/metacity/general/%gconf.xml)

2) Search for

<entry name="theme" mtime="1335845353" type="string">
<stringvalue>Radiance</stringvalue>

3) Change "Radiance" for a non existing theme like "nonexistingtheme",

4) Save,

5) Logout and log back in.

6) Enjoy ;-)

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Unfortunately, that only seems to work for window decorations. The Nautilus theme, interface buttons, menus, etc, all continue as they were before. –  waldir May 4 '12 at 15:28
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