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How to make Tomboy Notes have a different theme that are easier on the eyes like black font over a lightgrey background rather than a darkgrey font over a white background. I have explored Tomboy's preference window, toyed a bit with gnome "appearance" settings, and even tried to tweak the Gtk+ code but nothing seems to work.

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First, it looks like in my desktop setting, I need to restart my X session for widget colours settings could be applied. I could use the $GTK2_RC_FILES environment variable to define the colours profile only for one program, rather than overall.

Second, the text colours (highlight, titles, links, ...) are defined in NoteTag.cs file in the Tomboy sources (InitCommonTags() method). It's not possible to run the rebuilt Tomboy.exe file directly, though: you need to proceed to a "sudo make install" (in /usr/local) first to have all the libraries and resources moved to their expected location.

e.g. use foreground-yellow instead of background-yellow on highlight

tag = new NoteTag ("highlight");
// tag.Background = "yellow"; // commented out
tag.PaletteForeground = ContrastPaletteColor.Yellow; // <- inserted
tag.CanUndo = true;
tag.CanGrow = true;
tag.CanSpellCheck = true;
Add (tag);

Have fun.

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Unfortunately there is no way to do this in Tomboy yet.

You can get an alternative though. Try KNotes.

sudo apt-get install knotes

or Xpad

sudo apt-get install xpad

Both these alternatives let you change notes background color.

In KNotes KNotes background color

And Xpad

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Hope This Helps!

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and is there a way to convert your noteset from Tomboy to one of those two tools ? –  sylvainulg Feb 6 '12 at 13:13
Not sure as I don't use Tomboy myself. –  Seth Feb 6 '12 at 17:14
"After this operation, 221 MB of additional disk space will be used." --no thanks. Too much KDE stuff... –  EpsilonVector Sep 24 '13 at 17:05
@EpsilonVector Which one were you trying to install? –  Seth Sep 24 '13 at 17:09
@Seth It was knotes –  EpsilonVector Sep 29 '13 at 10:46

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