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Yesterday I posted a question about libreoffice not showing the correct theme in Xubuntu 11.10. That question was quickly answered and by installing libreoffice-gtk it now looks really nice and in line with my global theme (Ambiance for Xubuntu, found here).

However, I have now noticed that various other programmes are also affected. E.g. the Ubuntu Software centre, Evince, Startup Disk Creator and the Update Manager.

Is there a global solution to have these apps and programmes to show the correct theme as well (and not the ugly Windows 98 look they have now?)

I already tried the solution offered here (installing qt-qtconfig) and here (making script for qt programmes), but both do not work. I guess they are not qt programmes? I also installed Evince-gtk, but that didn help either (for Evince).

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Ok I answered my own question. The theme I used (and which is posted on is incomplete. This causes various applications to show up without theme integration. – Treepata Dec 9 '11 at 17:14
Do not put the answer in the question put in the answer area below and the you can accept it. – Uri Herrera Dec 9 '11 at 17:48
Hi Uri, I will do that. However, the system didn't yet allow me to answer my own question within 8 hours. Instead the system suggested to add info to the question. But I will put in the answer below later today. – Treepata Dec 9 '11 at 19:45
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Ok, I have discovered what the problem was. The fault was with the chosen theme, downloaded from While it does look good in general, it is incomplete.

I suggest, if you want a good Ambience theme experience for Xubuntu, to use the latest and complete Xfce theme found on the linuxmint-art-org website. You can download that one here.

Also, for sudo-based applications (like the Synaptic package manager), be sure to add the custom theme (if you want to use one) to /.themes (in the root directory /) Otherwise they will not pick up the theme.

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The directory for sudo-based applications should probably be /root/.themes (not /.themes). – Premek Brada Jun 18 '15 at 20:03

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