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How do I change tooltip's background color on Ubuntu desktop "Xfce". I know how to change in Gnome but I can't find out how to do so in Xfce.

Tooltip's background color in Eclipse is black, and font's color is black too.

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Take a look here: ubuntuforums.org - Tooltips/Info popup color scheme change for default 11.04 Xubuntu swap references to clearlooks with greybird. Good luck.

Excerpt from the thead:

So, to sum it all up, for happy yellow tooltips (In Xubuntu)

Open a terminal, type stuff in:

gksudo mousepad /usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

Paste the following at the end of the file:

style "clearlooks-tooltips" = "clearlooks-default"
{
        xthickness = 4
        ythickness = 4
        bg[NORMAL] = { 1.0,1.0,0.75 }
}

widget "gtk-tooltips" style "clearlooks-tooltips"

Switch to a different theme, than back again. Yellow tooltips. Yay!

The same thing will work for normal Ubuntu, just swap mousepad out for gedit in the terminal command.

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To do it manually:

  • If you want to change the tooltip settings for all GTK2 apps, then edit ~/.gtkrc-2.0.
  • Or, If you just want to change settings for Eclipse, then edit ~/gtkrc-eclipse and then start eclipse with GTK2_RC_FILES=~/gtkrc-eclipse eclipse):

Add the following to your gtkrc file.

style "gnome-color-chooser-tooltips"
{
  bg[NORMAL] = "#FFFFAF"
  fg[NORMAL] = "#000000"
}
widget "gtk-tooltip*" style "gnome-color-chooser-tooltips"

Alternatively, you can do this from a GUI:

  • Install gnome-color-chooser Install gnome-color-chooser.
  • Go to Specific tab > Tooltips and check Foreground (black) and Background (yellow). Click apply.
  • The settings are saved to ~/.gtkrc-2.0 and ~/.gtkrc-2.0-gnome-color-chooser.
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The GUI way works perfectly for me. Now I have readable tooltips in Firefox, again. Thanks. –  Christian May 12 at 19:18
    
The GUI way worked well for our team also - much easier than mucking around with config files. –  Jalpesh Jun 3 at 19:57

I'm using Xubuntu 12.04 and had the same problem (mostly in Eclipse). Changing the theme was not an option, because I like Greybird. I found a solution at this blog.

To start you will need to edit these three files:

  • /usr/share/themes/Greybird/gtk-3.0/settings.ini
  • /usr/share/themes/Greybird/gtk-3.0/gtk.css
  • /usr/share/themes/Greybird/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

You will need to look for the following entries and replace their values:

tooltip_bg_color
tooltip_fg_color

For my tastes, I’ve used #EAEAEA as the tooltip background color and #666666 for the tooltip foreground color (the font color). That’s it!

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I have modified gtkrc in my radiance theme to correct the color issue on tooltips in Eclipse.

In order to modify in your system, run:

  • To open with Terminal based text editor:

    sudo nano /usr/share/themes/Radiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
    
  • To open with GUI based text editor (leafpad):

    gksudo leafpad /usr/share/themes/Radiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
    

NOTE: Make sure you back up the above file before you make changes.

You need to make the following two changes to correct the tooltip issue:

  1. Replace the first line with

    gtk-color-scheme = "base_color:#ffffff\nfg_color:#4c4c4c\ntooltip_fg_color:#000000\nselected_bg_color:#f07746\nselected_fg_color:#000000\ntext_color:#3C3C3C\nbg_color:#f6f4f2\ntooltip_bg_color:#FFFFE1\nlink_color:#DD4814"
    
  2. Search for

    bg[SELECTED]      = "#000000"
    

    and replace the line with

    bg[SELECTED]      = "#ffffff"
    

Save the changes and restart Eclipse after that to see the changes.

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