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I've got Ubuntu 12.10 installed on my PC. After enabling the partner sources, installing Skype, rebooting my PC and starting Skype, I notice visual differences between my Desktop theme and Skype theme. My theme is the default Ambience Theme. Anyone got any clues?

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In 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)

On Trusty (and above), you don't need the entire i386 lib stack, just install:

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386

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Great, thanks. This only adds 338kB (versus a whopping 144MB for ia32-libs-gtk). – Kris Apr 25 '14 at 10:15
This fixes the issue on Ubuntu 15.04, the old answer was out of date. – Shahe Tajiryan May 22 '15 at 18:12
I could barely notice a difference.. – Erik Landvall Jun 9 '15 at 0:56
I can confirm that this solution works also in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS – Shahe Tajiryan May 13 at 19:42

I have found a solution for this problem: The odd look is caused because of the fact that skype is a 32 bit application, so if you are on a 64-bit system (which you are, because you suffer from this problem) you need to install additional 32-bit libaries to solve this issue. Just run:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk

restart skype an everything will look integrated! (This libary will use 144 MB of additional space!)

Hope that works for you too!

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This worked :D I never saw the answer before! Thanks – Shahe Tajiryan Apr 9 '13 at 21:25

I'm using Skype 4.1 on Ubuntu 12.04. To change theme, go to "Options" and then on the "General" tab you'll see "Choose style."skype options screenshot

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It doesn't help though.. – Shahe Tajiryan Nov 30 '12 at 15:47
did you try the different settings (not Desktop but GTK+) to find the one you want? – philshem Nov 30 '12 at 17:35
and click apply? – andybleaden Dec 4 '12 at 12:25
same thing, doesn't work – Shahe Tajiryan Dec 11 '12 at 12:58

I followed the advice on and made my Skype look good.

Application Appearance > Colors to oxygen in KDE settings

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