Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I scanned the /home/ry/.themes/elementary-borderless/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml file and didn't spot anything. Where else can I look?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

If you still wanna know, look in /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc – for example, for Ambiance theme. Search for style "scrollbar". Under the line engine "murrine", you can find such syntax:

trough_shades = {1.3, 1.2}

It seems to use default background color (defined as bg_color at the beginning of the file) and you just use a shade. These values for shades result in a color close to white – I’ve changed the shades to change gtk-2 scrollbar to something like overlay one.

Remember, if you change the bg_color, all windows of all gtk-2 applications will be affected; so you may have better to try different values of shade. If you don't know, the values greater than 1 make the color lighter, and the smaller ones make darker.

share|improve this answer

Try in "/usr/share/themes//gtk-2.0/". The general file is gtkrc. Depending on how the theme is structured, it could include several other files. The naming convention appears to end in .rc, i.e. nautilus.rc or gedit.rc.

Read these:

You might find something from there.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.