Questions about "themes" which alter the look of the interface.

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How to change tooltip background color in Unity?

In a lot of applications the tooltips are just plain ugly (White text on black background, way too much contrast) or even unreadable (black or dark blue text (Hyperlinks) on black background). I want ...
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How to make selected tab in terminal more prominent

Something about the color scheme changed in 11.04, and now it's very difficult for me to tell which tab is the selected one. On my screen, the colors look more similar the further down I slouch in ...
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Desktop forgets theme?

I am running Ubuntu in VirtualBox (on a Windows 7 host). Several times now, the top-level menu bar, the task bar — and seemingly every system dialog — have forgotten the out-of-the-box "Ambiance" ...
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Gdk Gtk warnings and errors from the command line

In the newest version of Ubuntu (11.10) when I run from the command line Gtk complains loudly (over several lines) each time a window is opened. The problem is clearly with the theme - if I change the ...
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How do I make a Theme from scratch for Unity?

I'd like to make a theme from scratch for Unity. What knowledge and information/skills are needed? Are there any tools or templates out there for something like this already? I don't have any Python ...
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How can I install GTK themes on Ubuntu?

How can I install themes in ubuntu 12.10 ? For example, how can I install the following themes on ubuntu: GrayDay Elegant+Eggplant
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Is there an Ubuntu theme available to make it look like Windows 7?

I want to know is there any theme available make it Ubuntu look like Windows 7 ?
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Where are icons stored?

I want to change an icon of a specific theme. Where do themes save their icons?
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How do I change to a theme not listed in the Appearance screen?

I've downloaded some nice themes, icon packages, and pointers from sites like gnome-look. Now, what do I do to use this theme? Do I have to save it in /usr/share/themes?
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How to make KDE applications look native in GNOME?

Is there a way to make KDE applications (like digiKam) look native in GNOME?
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Can I apply a different GTK3 theme from the main one to an individual application?

For example, can I keep Ambiance as main theme but assign elementary theme to elementary's app?
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Are there still plans for a new sound theme?

Let me quote from Mark's blog almost one year ago: March 5th, 2010 at 7:19 pm Mark, will there be an update to the sound theme to match the updated visual brand? Mark Shuttleworth: Gack, I ...
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How do I move the Window buttons from left to right? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I move all the window controls to the right? How can I move the window buttons to the right?
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How to change mouse cursor and theme?

How can I change X11 cursor and theme in the newest Ubuntu? I can't find it. Please help.
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How can I change the login screen theme in GDM?

How can I change the Login screen theme? Is there a graphical way or no?
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How do I theme the xscreensaver unlock screen?

How can I replace ugly screensaver unlock screen in Xubuntu 11.10? Standard xscreensaver is very ugly. Is there any themes for unlock screen?
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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 run a custom animated bootscreen?

I want to create a new splash theme for Ubuntu 11.10 using a volcano theme, so when it boots the volcano erupts with lava (same for shutdown). Now I have my image (png) but obviously it does not ...
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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 can I get a java apps to use the GTK+ theme?

Is there a way to get java apps to use my gtk theme?
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Where can I find more Unity themes?

This might already be answered, but I can't find it. I am getting a bit bored of the traditional purple feel of unity and I would like something new. Where can I find more Unity themes? I have ...
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How can I get some nice eye candy themes for Grub?

Grub is well Grub. How do I pimp it a bit with some nice themes?
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Change the opacity of a cut selection (nemo.css)

I am trying to find what I need to edit in a GTK theme (specifically Ambiance) to change the opacity of a cut file. A selected file is orange and when I cut it, it is a little opaque - I'd like it to ...
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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 to hide the mouse cursor

I'm building a kiosk using Ubuntu Precise on a touch screen. Now I'm looking for the appropriate way to make the mouse cursor disappear. As people know where they are pointing, displaying an arrow ...
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Sheet name font size on LibreOffice Calc is too small

I am using LibreOffice 3.5.3.2 (Ubuntu 12.04) and the buttons to switch tabs in Calc are written with small fonts. They're so small I can't even read what is written on them. I could not find a way ...
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How to de-uglify i3-wm

I recently installed the i3 Window Manager and have fallen thoroughly in love with it. However, it's rather ugly... I followed the instructions here for getting started, and one of the points was ...
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How do I apply themes to gtk applications when I'm using Awesome WM?

No matter what I use, e.g. gtk-ctheme, and the other apps availible in the repos, gtk applications running under Awesome WM stay ugly. The same apps look fine when I use unity. Any thoughts?
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Dropbox 3.2.9 ignoring local themes / missing notification icon

After upgrading from xubuntu 13.10 to 14.04, I found that dropbox needed re-installation on my system, amongst a slew of other problems. I performed the following as suggested here: sudo rm -rf /var/...
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How do I get rid of the Ubuntu scrollbars and theming in Firefox 46.0?

I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 and I've just upgraded the firefox package (released today) from 45.0.2 to 46.0. The release has brought an unwelcome change; the ugly Ubuntu scrollbars, and even uglier ...
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How to use a theme in netbeans 7.1?

I have downloaded an external theme for netbeans. How to apply it? I am using Ubuntu 10.04(LTS)
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Why did my highlights turn pink/purple in Xubuntu 14.10?

Around the time of the start to testing of the second beta for Xubuntu 14.10, my highlights turned pink system-wide. What gives?
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Will Unity become themeable? [closed]

As of now, unity itself isn't themeable - the theme doesn't change - only the window decoration changes, if that makes sense. If unity is to become default in 11.04, surely it would make sense for ...
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Are there still plans to implement transparency (RGBA) in Ubuntu's theme?

A while back there was a lot of talk about Canonical implementing subtle transparency in GTK for Ambiance and Radiance themes - Is this no longer on the agenda? Was there a hold up?
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How can one make Firefox ignore my GTK theme entirely?

I have a dark GTK theme installed in my Ubuntu 10.10 install and a persona installed for Firefox that I also like. The problem is that Firefox is using my dark GTK theme for items like buttons and ...
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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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Firefox not affected by gtk theme

How can I make firefox use Adwaita theme like all other apps do? Good: Bad: Preferably also make web pages darker as well.
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Why do some people need low-contrast themes?

Everyone is familiar with the high-contrast themes that are created for people with poor eye-sight. Because of the high contrast it is easier to see what is on the screen. However, I heard there are ...
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Change default right click menu color from white to black?

In 12.04 Ambiance theme, the default right click menu color changed from black to white. From this bug-report, it appears this decision is by design But I love black only. How can I change it to ...
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make qt programs look good under XFCE?

I use xfce. My problem is - some programs look nice and some sort of ugly. AFAIK this is because XFCE is gtk and most programs use gtk theme, but some programs use qt and thus don't use gtk themes (...
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How do I add a border around windows but keep the current theme?

I seem to live my life in the terminal - many terminals in-fact. I also love the Ambiance theme - but the new borderless windows does not provide the visual differentiation I'm used to (the same ...
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Change terminal colour based on SSH session

Is it possible to automatically change the color of the terminal based on which server I am connected to through SSH? For instance, when I fire up the terminal it has the standard colors defined ...
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What tools and techniques can I use to make GTK themes?

I'm trying to make a new gtk theme using the murrine engine, using Humanity (default in ubuntu 9.10) as a template. You can grab the code in http://github.com/tutuca/themes However, I found ...
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Is it possible to make GRUB2 look similar to burg?

I would like to stick to GRUB since it seems to be more actively developed and the entries are automatically updated after a kernel update. However I love the look of the Burg themes (especially ...
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How to change desktop icon text background color?

How do I change the background color of desktop text in 11.10. I used gnome color chooser in version 10.04, but it's not working in Ubuntu 11.10. Is there any way to solve this? Also, by default ...
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Dark GTK theme for Ubuntu 14.04

I am using the zonColor DarkNight theme on Ubuntu 13.10 and am quite pleased with it. I would like to have a similar theme for Ubuntu 14.04 but so far I could not find a single dark theme available. ...
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How do I set my own (HTML) theme in LightDM?

LightDM is the new login manager, and is meant to be themeable using HTML and CSS. How do I do that in Ubuntu 11.10? Can I use my own HTML file with my own text? Things I've tried: I've spent a ...
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Ubuntu tweak tool - Mouse cursor would not change theme

I tried to change the cursor theme from DMZ-White to DMZ-Black for my laptops. But it does not work for one of my laptop. For that laptop, it does not work no matter I change the cursor theme in - ...
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How do I set Firefox to use a custom theme for all new users?

What I do know about applying the same settings for applications to all new users is either defining a schema or override file in /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas or copying the folder/file to /etc/skel. ...
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How can I get transparent window borders / titlebars in GNOME Shell?

There are plenty of GNOME Shell themes with transparent panels, and I might want a transparent window border / titlebar theme to go with it. The closest thing I can think of is Emerald, but that only ...