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I have modified my eclipse colour theme to my liking but just cant seem to develop in peace because I keep having to squint and stare at the screen for certain elements. The colour default scheme is simply pathetic!

I have no idea what these elements are called and hence instead of attempting to describe them I have attached screenshots. How can I modify these elements to make them more humanly readable?

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+1, for humanly readable, As We are human being and also "Ubuntu for human being" I hope this will soon be fixed. :) – Anwar Shah Sep 18 '12 at 8:26
Thanks Sergey for the edit as well! =D – cyberjar09 Sep 19 '12 at 2:30
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That color is controlled by your gtk theme, which is "Ambiance" by default in Ubuntu.

As a quick workaround to this problem, you can try changing the color to a darker one. To do this, open a terminal and use the below command

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-color-scheme "bg_color:#D7D7D7;"

The color value is a darker one than the default. You can use your own color value. To generate hex value of color, you can use agave Install agave.

Also, you may want to change the theme to a darker one. I personally like the "greybird" theme included in the Lubuntu. You can install the theme by using this command:

sudo apt-get install shimmer-themes

or using this link shimmer-themes Install shimmer-themes

After installation, change the theme using Ubuntu-tweak:

Hope this will make eclipse humanly readable again. :)

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Great! Thanks a Ton! .. much appreciated. – cyberjar09 Sep 19 '12 at 2:29

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