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I wonder and I needed it sometimes. Some time we install many themes and it gets worst.

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Hey, is this still a problem for you, or did you get it fixed. If it's fixed, then you should accept one of the answers below to draw a line under this question. –  Chris Wilson Nov 3 '10 at 23:47

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DO NOT

rm -rf ~/.*

You will delete your configurations for every application in your profile, not just the gnome theme settings.

Instead, do:

rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity

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If by default theme, you mean the one that came preinstalled with 10.04 and 10.10, that's called Ambiance, and it can be found in System -> Preferences -> Appearance. The installed themes will be listed here in alphabetical order.

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Assuming you mean the theme that comes with a default install of Ubuntu, go to System->Preferences->Appearance and click on Ambiance (dark theme) or Radiance (light theme).

If you instead want the non-Ubuntu-default theme that GNOME ships by default, click on Clearlooks.

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