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

This is related to How can I change the color of the pane separator for my Ambiance theme modification?, which has just been solved. Now I have a new issue.

As shown below, the text color for the sidebar does not want to stay white unless it is selected. It did earlier, but now it's not and I'm not sure why.

Screenshot of Nautilus with modified theme and disappearing text

How can I force that text to stay white in the theme files? (See the linked question above for a reference as to what changes I made; everything else is the same as regular Ambiance.)

Note: it'd be great if the white used for the sidebar text color was the same as the default white used for the active window titlebar text; #ffffff might be a little too bright, and I'm trying to stay close to the original look of Ambiance.

share|improve this question
As I noted in chat, I may have a solution to this, but I want to wait a bit first and test it to make sure it's a proper fix first. – Christopher Kyle Horton Nov 15 '11 at 6:23
up vote 0 down vote accepted

I think I have it now. In Ambiance Dark Sidebar/gtk-3.0/apps/nautilus.css, add this line inside the sidebar section:

color: @dark_fg_color;
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.