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As you can see below, Adwaita is selected both as the Gtk+ theme, and the Current theme.

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What is the difference? Also, some themes are available as "current" and others as Gtk+ ones.

Also, why do some themes change just some aspects, e.g. most that I install manually don't affect window borders.

What should I use to "fully" set a theme?

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What is the difference? Also, some themes are available as "current" and others as Gtk+ ones.

To me this is a bug because, as it is it confuses the user. The menu labeled GTK Theme is the theme that is applied to change the overall look of the windows and the one labeled Current Theme is the theme of the window borders, I believe it was previously (and properly) called Windows Theme.

Also, why do some themes change just some aspects, e.g. most that I install manually don't affect window borders.

What should I use to "fully" set a theme?

Most themes include the GTK theme and a window border to go along with it, to change it you have to select it from Gnome Tweak Tool.

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Bonus question: why is Adwaita the only theme that seems to apply to Firefox? Whenever I use some other theme, Firefox switches to that awful default Gtk+ look... – jcora May 11 '13 at 20:45
    
Have you selected the theme and then restarted firefox? – Uri Herrera May 12 '13 at 3:08
    
yes I have. It seems to be a problem with the theme itself. I have found some theme, called "MediterraneanNight", that does with Firefox. Anyway, thanks for explaining, accepted! – jcora May 12 '13 at 10:18

current themes should be placed in dir /usr/share/themes and affects window style

gtk3 themes can be placed in dir /usr/share/themes or ~/.themes it will not affect window style if placed there.

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