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I use Gnome Shell on Ubuntu 11.10. I can use Gnome Tweak Tool to change the GTK theme and icon theme, but I can't change my window theme. If I select anything other than the default theme "Adwaita", and restart gnome shell, it reverts to the accessibility theme. How can I change the window/Metacity

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Whatever theme you download has to have a metacity theme too... – Uri Herrera Sep 22 '11 at 7:02
.. and it has to be a GTk 3 theme. – Uri Herrera Sep 22 '11 at 7:03
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Download a theme>extract it>Inside it should have something similar to this:

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As you can see there's a gtk-3.0 and a metacity-1 folder. These two folders should be in: /home/user/.themes/.

Then open up Gnome Tweak Tool>go to Theme>Window theme>Scroll down to the theme you want. enter image description here

Log out, and done.

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hmm...weird. The Ambience Blue theme worked for me, but the old Ambiance theme doesn't. Any idea why? – niagr Sep 22 '11 at 16:06
The orange Ubuntu Ambience Theme is a Compiz Theme, Gnome Shell uses Mutter for compositing that's why it doesn't work. – Uri Herrera Sep 22 '11 at 22:33

try this:


and change the theme in /desktop/gnome/shell/windows

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