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What do the different colors mean in the terminal?

What do the different colours in Ubuntu's terminal mean? For example, when I type the ls command in one of my folders, I get one of the files in light green, the other (which is a folder) in blue with ...
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How to change the color of the scroll bar?

The scrollbars in Unity are of very low contrast, and I can't see where the bar is using just peripheral vision. I have to look at the scrollbar. Look at Mac OS X interface and notice the blue, ...
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How do I change the colors of the Ambiance & Radiance themes?

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 and i wanted to change colors in Ambiance/Radiance themes, by default it has orange and i wanted to change it to Blue, I tried using gnome-color-chooser, but it didn't work? ...
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What are the different colors on the unity launcher icons?

Example: My question is simple. What are the different colors representing in the unity launcher background for each icon. I mean, it seems consistent (firefox is always orange), but it's not ...
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How do I set the background color/pattern in a Nautilus window?

In Previous versions of Ubuntu, I used to go under the edit menu to set the background color of a Nautilus window. I have no idea how to do this in Ubuntu.
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How to change color of unity workspace border, and window resize

Currently running ubuntu 11.10. So I've been doing a lot of work on a new theme to match the physical look of my laptop which is a blue, black, white theme. Obviously orange visuals look out of place. ...
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How do I change the color for directories with ls in the console?

On my console the color for directories is such a blue, that it is hard to read on a dark background. How can I change the color definitions for ls?
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Changing colors for user, host, directory information in terminal command prompt

Is it possible to change the colors in the command prompt for the user@computer, as well as the the current directory and command parts of the prompt display? I've already seen something like this ...
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How can I change the TTY colors?

How can I change the standard 8 colors (16 if you count the bright versions) that are used in the various TTYs in Ubuntu 12.04? I'm not talking about the Terminal or XTerm applications, I'm talking ...
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How to calibrate the monitor on an Ubuntu system?

What is the procedure to calibrate the monitor and what software to use? Edit: I think what I mean is "colour profile" if that's what it is called. I happened to notice that the same photos look very ...
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How can I change the purple background color of Ubuntu plymouth boot screen?

I'd like to change the background color of the purple plymouth boot splash to another color, how can I do this?
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How do I set the prompt to use two colors?

One thing I liked about Mint was that the terminal would usually show two colors: everything from the left to the $ would be one color, and everything past the $ would be another. Is there a way to ...
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How do I change the theme and window border color?

Is it possible to customise the colours for the desktop theme and window appearance in Pangolin 12.04 as it was possible in Narwhal? I only see four default choices in the display adjustment selection....
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How do I change the color of the indicator applet to green?

I want to change the indicator app's color from "blue" to "green" again. In 10.04 all notifications were in green, 11.04 now has blue color notification. How can I change it back to green? From this:...
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How do I enable full-color support in Vim?

I have a lovely Vim colorscheme (xoria256) and it looks brilliant in GVim, but when I use normal vim in Terminal, the colorscheme is only partially supported -- for example, the default semi-...
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How to fix unreadable tooltips in Eclipse Helios?

This is what a function tooltip looks like for Eclipse CDT in Ubuntu 10.04 with the default theme: ! There's nothing in Eclipse's General > Appearance > Colors And Fonts preferences settings. Is ...
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How to change the color of menu text?

First, take a look at this screenshot. http://picpaste.com/pics/Screenshot-4yF1UqRf.1287160366.png Now, I managed to change the selection color from orange to light gray which is very nice. But now I'...
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How to change the color depth?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed on a Dell C600 and the highest available resolution is 800x600. From my previous I remember 1024x768 would work after setting the colour depth to 16bit, but there is no ...
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How to change overlay scrollbar color? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change the color of the scroll bar? In my /home/myname/.themes/themename/gtkrc file I found this: style "murrine-scrollbar" { bg[SELECTED] = shade (0.6, @...
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How to avoid dark colour of some programs in LXDE no matter the theme?

Changing the theme in my LXDE (that now I use although my main installation is Xubuntu 12.04) doesn't change the appearance of certain main programs - always dark. Why is that and how can I alter it? ...
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About nemo file manager: How can I change font color of folder name in toolbar button?

About Nemo file manager : How can I change font color of folder name in toolbar button ? Because I deeply prefer Ambiance theme,so I want to keep it but it mess up with the theme of Nemo which is my ...
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Strange colors in Ubuntu (green tint, 14.04 LTS)

I have a Dell Inspiron 17R 5737 with an Intel Haswell Core i5 4200U, and an AMD Radeon HD8870 graphics card (switchable). When installing Ubuntu (after checking disk for errors) and choosing "Try ...
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How to change the window color (default: white)? [closed]

How to change the window color (default: white) in Oneiric? (In Natty, I could do it in Appearance.) (If 1 doesn't work) How to change the background color in Gedit? (In Natty, by right clicking I ...
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Script to display all terminal colors

Throughout the internet I have seen many people with scripts that prints out a bunch of stuff in all the colors defined in ~/.Xdefaults. However when I try to use these, I always get error: Bad ...
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Can `cat` show files using code markup in colors?

Sometimes I quickly want to view the contents of a file from the command line. For this I of course use cat, but it is often source files in Python, Java or simple HTML. For these files it would be ...
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Xubuntu - how to restore “default” terminal text coloring

TerminalEmulator is preset to match Xubuntu theme, but it is rather low contrast and I would like to use other theme. The standard ones, like Tango and Linux Colors are enough, any ideas?
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How can I change the text colour on my desktop icons?

How can I change the text font colour of my icons on my desktop. I have used gnome-color-chooser by choosing "Desktop" panel and changing to white colour on Colorize with but unfortunately, nothing ...
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when I select a file in dolphin the name disappears

I'm using dolphin under gnome 3 and when I select a file, the name disappears. I tried looking at my kde settings and looking under colors and nothing seems out of the ordinary, and I don't know if ...
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Why in many themes my menus are too white (text and background)?

I started using Lubuntu (12.04) and I like the customizations that I was able to make, especially fitting icons and themes ('Widgets' - as 'Customize Look and Feel'/LXAppearance calls them.) But for ...
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Can't change the Dash Color

I try to change the Dash color from CCSM or MyUnity but I after I choose a color it changes to the default by it self in 2-3 seconds. using unity 5.12.0
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How do I change the font colours for grub?

I managed to change the background on the boot screen and now I need to set the font colours to something I can read. I've been lurking around the Ubuntu Forums and the Ask site and I've also tried ...
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dircolors/ls colors not being displayed correctly using byobu

On my NAS box running Ubuntu 11.04 I'm experiencing an odd issue with dircolors inside byobu. Per the image below, everything works fine outside byobu. The prompt (zsh), vim, and everything else works ...
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How do I calibrate colors without extra hardware, like dccw.exe on Windows?

Colors on my monitor are too yellow. On Windows 7, there is the color calibration tool accessible from the Control Panel, or as dccw.exe. I'd like to calibrate color without extra spectrometers ...
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How can I get colors in TTY working correctly?

I use vim a lot and it occurs to me that most of the time I don't even really need a GUI, since I'll only use my computer to take notes in VIM. The problem is, though, is that colors don't show up ...
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Where to change this colour setting in KDevelop?

In KDevelop, when you change the name of a variable, a function or the definition of a function, a little message appears below the editor (see image). In this instance it says "Declare function 'get' ...
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how to change Alt+Tab window highlight color in Unity 2D

i have Ubuntu 12.04, and i run unity 2D (so i can run all of my monitors with xinerama). a problem that i have is when i hit alt+tab, it highlights the new [active] window with a white border. well,...
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calibrate screen, gnome color manager (calibrate button disabled)

I recently noticed that the white on my ubuntu is not exactly white, its redish. Now since I found about it, it is bugging me. How can I calibrate my screen so that white on my ubuntu is same as white ...
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Why does gnome-terminal $TERM display xterm

I'm trying to get the solarized color scheme in my terminal and am working through some tutorials online. I have run across the $TERM environment variable that from my understanding is the current ...
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Can I change the color of tabs in gedit?

under Xfce 4 (Xubuntu 4.8) the tabs of gedit appear black with dark grey writing (at least on my PC it does). Obviously this makes it pretty hard reading the file names that are open. Changing the ...
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How can Ubuntu be made grayscale? [duplicate]

I'd like to make everything grayscale. The utility xcalib can be used to invert the colours displayed (every colour displayed is changed to its compliment) using the following command: xcalib -i -a ...
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What can I change with gtkrc-2.0?

We can change breadcrumbs and the sidepane color, but what else can be edited with gtkrc-2.0?
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My HP LaserJet 2550L prints in color only now!

I have had an HP LaserJet 2550L for a long time now. Since I upgraded to 13.10, I cannot print in black and white anymore. Before, the driver would give me an option in the Print dialog. Although I ...
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Xresources not doing anything in 13.10

I'm trying to understand the capabilities of .Xresources yet I cannot get it do do even the most simple of configurations. For instance, I want to be able to change the background color of my terminal....
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Intel Graphics Control Panel alternative for Ubuntu?

Coming from a Windows 7 on a laptop with an integrated graphics card (Intel HD 3000 I think) as well as an Nvidia GT540M, I was accustomed to being able to change things like saturation and gamma of ...
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How can I reset ubuntu gnome terminal options?

I have Ubuntu gnome on my laptop and in my terminal all the text is green. However, on another computer my text is green but the bold text is a different color. I already changed the bold text on my ...
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“Background” tab missing in terminal profile settings

I want to make my Terminal transparent. The setting need is in the profile settings dialog of the Terminal, in the "Background" tab. The problem is, that tab just isn't there with my Ubuntu: Left is ...
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Is it possible to colorize permissions-part of the output of `ls`?

In the rwx permissions that are listed by ls -l, is it possible to put the first set of rwx in red, the next in blue and the third in green? For example, is the following possible:
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How do I properly install BALLView?

I installed BALLView via the software centre and while the program starts OK it is having difficulty in colouring models properly. See the colour palette for the different chemical elements has been ...
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How to get rid of purple background color in newt apps?

For some reason newt apps (whiptail, partimage, debconf ...) have all decided to use purple background. How to get regular blue background back ? $ whiptail --title 'WARNING' --yesno "Completely ...
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Kubuntu Breeze-Dark not working as expected

I'm using Kubuntu 16.04. When I tried switching to breeze-dark I applied the following steps: Go to system settings --> workspace theme. Change to breeze dark. Go to color, double check that breeze ...