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I'm using dolphin under gnome 3 and when I select a file, the name disappears. I tried looking at my kde settings and looking under colors and nothing seems out of the ordinary, and I don't know if that is where dolphin is getting its colors from since I'm using gnome 3. I'm using Ambiance for a color theme, so I looked in /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/gtk.css and saw base color is white and so is selected fg color. So I changed them to black and got nothing. It appears that dolphin is getting its color information from gnome 3 since when changing from Ambiance to Adwaita the colors change in dolphin.

So how do I get the filename not to disappear when I select a file in dolphin and hover over it?


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With root privileges, please change in the following file:






I figured this out in a long search for the right configuration file.
I also tried changing it in .local/share/... but it did not work that way for me.

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Note that this affects selected text color everywhere, not just in Dolphin. It looks OK though so for me it's not a problem. – Lapis Jun 12 '13 at 12:48
Thanks for this answer. I changed bg to #80f080 and fg to #a00000, and it works fine for me. – user2411458 Jul 7 '13 at 9:09
I'm still having issues with this despite changing any of these values the white still remains while my mouse is hovered over the text – Kalamalka Kid Jan 8 at 11:27
Note that if your active theme is not Ambiance, you need to replace it in the path with yours. – Lapis Feb 16 at 20:20

In Ubuntu Studio I found that this problem can be solved by selecting a different Style in Windows Manager, e.g. from MurrinaDark to MurrinaBlue.

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Apologies, that did not work after all. The following worked:

sudo gedit
goto   /usr/share/themes/Greybird/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
    change from:
gtk-color-scheme    = "bg_color:#CECECE\nselected_bg_color:#398ee7\nbase_color:#fcfcfc" # Background, base.
gtk-color-scheme    = "fg_color:#3C3C3C\nselected_fg_color:#000000\ntext_color:#212121" # Foreground, text. 
gtk-color-scheme    = "bg_color:#CECECE\nselected_bg_color:#ccff99\nbase_color:#fcfcfc" # Background, base.
gtk-color-scheme    = "fg_color:#3C3C3C\nselected_fg_color:#0000cc\ntext_color:#212121" # Foreground, text. 
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I'm sorry, but none of this is working is there some other solution to this? uiuiui – Kalamalka Kid Jan 8 at 12:04

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