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Appearance does not change on switching the theme

For some reason, from about a few days ago, windows and icons look like Linux circa 1995.

I tried resetting my theme to "Radiance", but it was already set to that.

I don't know why anything would suddenly look different in my themes or icon sets or anything. I haven't done anything to change my interface.

In any case, how do I get back the theme I had before? I think it was "human" or "gnome" or something like that. Nice orange folders and stuff.

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What version of Ubuntu? And what User Interface? –  grahammechanical Jan 6 '12 at 16:01
    
11.10, gnome-classic with Compiz. –  Questioner Jan 6 '12 at 18:34
    
Does this help you? askubuntu.com/questions/73576/… –  jokerdino Jan 7 '12 at 2:46
    
@jokerdino: Yes, it did. Thanks! I think it was the second answer, to delete ~/.config/dfconf/user, and then re-logging in, that solved the problem. What do I do with this question, then? Mark it as duplicate or something? –  Questioner Jan 7 '12 at 3:58
    
Don't worry. I will just flag the question as dupe and the mods would deal with it. :) –  jokerdino Jan 7 '12 at 4:02

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If you install gnome-tweak-tool:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

you can access more customization options, including the theme, by launching 'Advanced settings' or gnome-tweak-tool through a terminal. A good starting point would be to see if the original themes (ubuntu-mono-dark for icons, ambiance for window and gtk+) are still listed in this tool under 'Theme'.

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Thanks for this tip. In gnome-tweak-tool, all the icon themes are there, but changing them has no effect on the style of icons I'm seeing. If I change the "Window theme" the changes take place immediately. The "Icon theme", currently set to "Humanity" looks nothing like Humanity. No matter what I change it to, it looks like this clunky decades old Linux style of icons. –  Questioner Jan 6 '12 at 18:38

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