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I'm now running 13.04 and wanted to install some of my favourite themes, but found that the folder .themes was just missing. Does it work to just make the folder?

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That folder is never created by default the user has to create it. – Uri Herrera May 20 '13 at 17:46
Same for ~/.icons. – user25656 May 20 '13 at 17:48
But up until now it was always there already! – MadTux May 20 '13 at 17:48
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Create the folder .themes in your $HOME if you don't find one.

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It still doesn't work. – MadTux May 20 '13 at 17:52
What doesn't work? – Uri Herrera May 20 '13 at 17:55
@UriHerrera The themes don't show on Gnome Tweak tool, Ubuntu Tweak or Unity Tweak Tool :( – MadTux May 20 '13 at 18:00
Are you sure it's the correct folder structure?: ~/.themes/THEME/gtk-2.0, gtk-3.0, metacity, index.theme – Uri Herrera May 20 '13 at 18:02
@UriHerrera I just dragged the .tar.gz to .themes. It has always worked before. – MadTux May 20 '13 at 18:02



at least thats where I found mine.

Hope you find this useful.

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You can try to install the themes in /usr/share/themes but you need root. Or you can install them in ~/.themes if that Dir doesn't exist them make it! Also, make sure it is a folder not a file like .zip, .tar, .tar.gz, ect...

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