Questions that relate to the appearance of Ubuntu. If the question relates to a comprehensive changing of appearance please use the themes tag.

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How do I create a desktop wallpaper slideshow?

How do I create a desktop wallpaper slideshow with my own set of images? With the images coming from a pictures folder, or pre-selected With the images displayed in order, or randomly With the ...
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How do I get and install more themes, icons, and pointers?

I've downloaded some nice themes, icon packages, and pointers from sites like gnome-look. Now what do I do? Where else can I get these kinds of things?
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How do I change the “Selected Items” color?

I was trying to change the selected items color from the default orange to something else, however, the option isn't there, as it used to be in the Appearance properties in previous versions of ubuntu....
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Conky Guides (links)

I want to take a stab at creating my own layouts for conky, but I'm having trouble finding any recent guides. If you know of any, I would be grateful if you could post some links.
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How do I restore the original color scheme, icons, and theme?

I'd like the original colour scheme, icon style of 12.04. I somehow lost the Ambiance theme (possible error or upgrade error). I re-installed 'light-themes' from the terminal and got it back. But ...
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Where can I get themes and eye-candy for my desktop?

Apart from those themes in the repository and Gnome-look.org, are there other places to get themes for my Ubuntu Desktop? Also, are there any 3rd party repositories of themes and other eye-candy?
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How to install themes with GNOME tweak tool?

I have been using the default Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity for some time now and decided to start customizing it. I have already been able to make some changes with the gnome-tweak-tool. However, there ...
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Why is my terminal invisible after minimizing it and how can I find it?

I minimized my terminal after doing a repo sync. I cant find it on any desktop now! Please help.
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A lot of `gtk-warnings` in terminal. Is this serious?

I had a lot of problems with my system and had to reinstall it. One of them was these very messages. After reinstalling the system and using the same icons, I get the warnings again and am wary of ...
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Appearance icon has disappeared from system settings menu

I go to system settings and appearance is gone. I tried searching it in the dash and it is not there. When I right click the desktop and select "Change background" the system settings window opens. I ...
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How can I change the folder icon?

I know how to change an icon this way. Also that doesn't work for folders inside Nautilus, but for application launchers. What I'm looking for is an equivalent to changing the icon for an ...
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Where is my desktop background? [closed]

After upgrading my Ubuntu laptop from Ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04 I "lost" the background wallpaper. The background is completely black. It stays the same regardless of the wallpaper I select. It ...
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How do I disable Compiz in the Ubuntu Classic session?

I would like to disable Compiz in Natty (Ubuntu Classic). I have tried to access this through System > Preferences > Appearance but the "Visual Effects" tab is no longer there. On previous releases ...
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How can I install different icons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get and install more themes, icons, and pointers? I often find myself seeing new icons but I am unable to install them. How do you install icons on Ubuntu? Can ...
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After tweaking Ubuntu 12.04, desktop only shows default GTK-Theme

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 Amd64 on my laptop but when I use some applications I get ugly looking menus and buttons, Windows 95 like. If I try to change the theme from the appearance settings it ...
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How can I make the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons in the window decorations?

When the Ambiance GTK theme is selected in Applications ▸ Appearance ▸ Customize ▸ Controls, the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons of the Ambiance Metacity theme's window ...
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Why does my Xubuntu LibreOffice look ugly?

My LibreOffice installation looks like Windows 95. The rest of my Xubuntu looks okay. Why? How can I fix it? Click on the image for a full-resolution picture. On the screenshot Leafpad and ...
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How do I change the folder icons in the “Places” menu?

How do I change to icons in here?
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Appearance, Online accounts disappeared in System Settings in Ubuntu 13.10

I was installing some apps and icons then I noticed that there were about 4 games installed, so I went to the Software Centre to remove them. Then I wanted to add my Facebook account to Online ...
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Reset the icons after upgrade

I've noticed screenshots of 10.10 with these rather cooler looking square icons. However when I upgraded my machines I didn't receive and icon upgrade. Is this because it wasn't a fresh install and is ...
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How to improve GUI and font appearance of programs installed under CrossOver?

This can be done in Wine but can it be done in CrossOver?
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Can I make Nautilus look better in Lubuntu 12.04?

I mean that PCManFM and Thunar follow my theme: Nautilus does not: I have to add that I do not want to change my present theme. And I guess that is the problem, as it does not have a gtk3 ...
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Upgraded to 11.04 and now most of the UI is gray and boxy

I just upgraded to 11.04, and now most UI elements are gray and crappy looking (see screenshot). When I first log in, the panel looks black (as Ambiance theme is supposed to look), but then after a ...
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Brightness wont change

I tried changing the brightness but it won't dim or brighten using keys or going under applications, it just stays the same.
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Google desktop logo looks bad

The Google Desktop icon in the system tray in Unity looks ugly: Any way around this?
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How do you enable wobbly windows in ubuntu 11.04 without using compiz?

I'm curious if there's a way to enable the more fun UI features in Ubuntu 11.04 that were available in previous versions. The effects I'm most curious about is the wobbly windows and the alt tab ...
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Wallpaper going under bar

I'm having wallpaper problems, the wallpaper is going under my toolbar and iconbar and whatnot and I'm not exactly sure what to do about it. I've played around with the appearance settings but no ...