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I've Gnome Shell 3.8.4 on Ubuntu 13.10 and gnome-tweak-tool but I can't change the title bar (I think that it's metacity-1 that does it) with any theme. I can change icons, everything else on the window and the shell theme. Any ideia? I've tried many theme's from gnome-look.org and I've verified if it has the metacity-1 folder.

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I confirm this bug –  borislemke Dec 6 '13 at 13:04
    
I had the same problem of some themes not changing but some does, I had to move themes from ~/.themes to /usr/share/themes now I am able to change title bar –  MusuNaji Dec 12 '13 at 22:01
    
@borislemke - The bug is resolved by adding this extension, which add this option to dconf:org.gnome.shell.extensions.user-theme name, so the gnome-shell themes can be used. –  Wilf Feb 2 at 20:13

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There is workaround for this.
Open dconf editor and change setting named:

org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences.theme

to your theme (Adwaita or just enter Default)

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You can always provide a helpful link: https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/saucy/dconf-editor/. After installing this extension, you can then use org.gnome.shell.extensions.user-theme name NAME_OF_THEME –  Wilf Feb 2 at 10:14

To get a user specified shell theme, use this extension:
User Themes - GNOME Shell Extensions.

Install it from the extension, page and make sure it is on in gnome-tweak-tool: enter image description here

and here are the results - with it off, and with it on: enter image description here

You can then use gnome-tweak-tool to set the theme:

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By the way, I recommend the Zukiwi Theme - you may be able to install that with:

sudo apt-get install zukiwi
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