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

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Why doesn't Skype theme match my Desktop Environment theme?

I've got Ubuntu 12.10 installed on my PC. After enabling the partner sources, installing Skype, rebooting my PC and starting Skype, I notice visual differences between my Desktop theme and Skype ...
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Why do the GNOME symbolic icons appear darker in a running application?

I'm creating an application that uses symbolic icons from the default theme. However, there are a few icons that I need that cannot be represented by those from the default theme, so I'm creating my ...
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Is there an Ambiance theme available for Windows?

I tend to run Windows apps with VirtualBox in seamless mode (so that virtualized Windows applications windows and Windows taskbar appear alongside host OS windows instead of a separate virtual machine ...
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How to disable nautilus from handling the desktop?

As it is the only way to activate transparent themes in Gnome-shell: How to disable Nautilus from handling the desktop? Can I make it handle the desktop again? What will happen to the unity and ...
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How do I theme the Nautilus background image?

I want to change the background image in the Nautilus file browser. My idea is to put my own style in the background. I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and Nautilus is version 3. I know that I have to change ...
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Nautilus is theme-less unless I run it as root

My system is using the Ambiance theme in Ubuntu Natty. Everything works correctly except for Nautilus, which appears to have been deprived from its theme. Can anyone help me restore it to the ...
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Does changing the theme improve system performance?

I really have this feeling that after changing the theme on my Ubuntu (10.10 - but it also happened on a different version) the system is much quicker, or to say more precisely, the system is not ...
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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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How do I theme the maximized window buttons with Unity?

I use a custom Gtk theme along with the default Ambiance window controls. Using my theme, the Unity panel shows its very ugly default buttons when my window is maximized. Since I have the same window ...
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How can I edit GTK+3 themes (preferably with a GUI)?

(similar problem to one in a question I had before, but I need multiple solutions, and I felt they were better organized as separate questions) Upgrading from 11.04 to 11.10 did away with my themes, ...
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How to highlight buttons in a GTK toolbar

I've written an application using Python and Glade. The app has got a toolbar with a dark background, and each toolbar button has got a custom image (i.e. no stock icons are used). I've noticed that ...
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How do I reduce the size of the menu bar?

I am trying to make a slim-looking radiance theme. I dont want to switch to linuxmint for slim interfaces, and I like the unity interface more. I have been able to reduce padding from almost all ...
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Is it possible to remove shadows behind windows and menus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I remove shadows of the windows in Unity? Is it possible to remove shadows behind windows and menus in Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity?
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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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Can I change gedit's background color without changing to another theme?

I like ambiance but i find it a little too hard on the eyes to have to edit files on a pure white background, like gedit's. Is there any way to modify my theme to make gedit's background color ...
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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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How to theme the Cinnamon Desktop?

I've reading about about the Cinnamon Desktop through this Q&A: How do I install the Cinnamon Desktop? Also I've been reading these theming questions: Difference between GTK theme and GNOME ...
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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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Why is my desktop background black after upgrade to 13.04?

After I upgraded to 13.04 my desktop background has been a black screen, i.e.: EDITS: Ubuntu tweak doesn't seem to be able to change the window theme either (although all other themes like icon ...
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How to Make Ubuntu look like Windows Vista?

Well for Starters, I do know that this sounds weird to want it to look like vista and not windows 7, but I just don't like how win7 looks, that's just me, you can not change me. I have searched on ...
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how to set icons and theme from terminal?

Is there a way to set active icon theme and GTK theme from a terminal? I would like to write a script that installs and sets everything up the way i like it on a fresh install.
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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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How can I add a theme to the Appearance settings tab in 11.10

Eventually, I'd like to create a proper 11.10 theme and perhaps distribute a package via ppa. To start, I thought I'd copy one of the "official" themes on my local system and start modifying it. ...
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How to change Live CD splash screen

I'm remastering the ubuntu CD, I've changed some files in the isolinux folder (access.pcx, blank.pcx, gfxboot.cfg) and I have been able to change the first screen (background color to green): But I ...
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What GTK+ 3 engines are available?

With the switch to GTK+ 3.x, most theme engines no longer work, and I personally only know of 3 (Adwaita, Unico, and Solidity). What engines are available for use with GTK+ 3.x?
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Icon theme doesn't affect some Qt-applications [duplicate]

I changed the icon theme in Ubuntu 12.04, but it doesn't affect Qt-applications. They have the default theme. For KDE applications the icon theme can be changed with the systemsettings package. This, ...
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Are there Metacity themes for Unity?

Any resources/collections/repositories for Unity themes? Is there any chance is Metacity themes will be supported, at least in terms of window controls and window borders?
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Why does Radiance have GtkLabel while Ambiance doesn't?

I was looking at the gtk-widgets.css files in Ambiance and Radiance (/usr/share/themes/theme_name/gtk-3.0/) after the recent light-themes update. One difference I noted in the section titled notebook ...
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Where to find great themes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I get themes and eye-candy for my desktop? Other than the normal sites (IE: Gnome-Look, Webup8, OMGU, etc)
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Appearance does not change on switching the theme

If I select Radiance or Ambiance in the menu show in the following picture, my whole theme does not change. It only changes the title bar. How can I resolve this problem? Or how can I reset the ...
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How can I change which icon an applet uses?

I just installed the clipboard manager Diodon. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diodon-team/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install diodon By default, it uses a dark gtk-paste icon when I use ...
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How can I change Gnome Shell theme?

I've installed the Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 12.04 and I want to change the "Shell Theme", But it doesn't allow me to do that. The alert says something like:" The Gnome-Shell extension is not activated", ...
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Using “Oblivion” color scheme from gedit in Kate

I like gedit's color scheme Oblivion a lot. Is there a way to use the same color scheme in Kate text editor? I know that configuration files for color scheme for gedit and Kate aren't compatible. I ...
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In XUbuntu there are black unreadable tabs in GTK applications such as gEdit

I'm using XFCE in Ubuntu 14.04. When I open gEdit, the tabs at the top are unreadable: Having done some research, it appears that this is because gEdit is a GTK 2.0 application and this problem ...
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Numix removes borders and colors in unity launcher

I recently re-installed ubuntu 14.04, when i installed the numix gtk theme, the borders of all the icons in the unity launcher dissapeared along with the colors, i tried relogging, re-applying the ...
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Create Ubuntu theme with pure HTML/JS/CSS

I'm wondering if someone can point me in the right direction for creating an Ubuntu theme using pure HTML/CSS/JS. I'm hoping there is some existing back-end to GNOME3 or Unity I can simply install and ...
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Can't enable GNOME Shell user theme extension

Just installed 11.10 and GNOME Tweak Tool but can't install gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme due to it not existing (or so apt-get install tells me). Because of that, there is no enabling ...
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Is there a good Ambience theme for Xubuntu (XFCE, XFWM)?

Looks ridiculous, but I can't find Ambience theme for XFCE out the in the Internet (while there are even couple of pretty good versions for Windows XP). Could you share a link? I even don't require ...
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How do I make GVim use the icon in my icon theme?

Instead of my pretty Faenza icon, it's using a rather ugly one.
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Make firefox only use GTK theme on browser chrome, but ignore on websites

I have a dark GTK theme, I don't want firefox to ignore it all together, I only want the theme to effect Firefox's chrome (the buttons, address bar, bookmarks bar, etc., etc.), but I want the theme to ...
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How to remove transparency from a GTK theme?

I'm running Xubuntu 11.10 and I've got this here GTK theme which is pretty nice, and I like the title bars and everything, but I've got a problem. Every menu in the entire system has this weird and ...
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Change color of top menubar / statusbar

I know there are a million posts on this but not a single one has helped me solve this... I'm trying to change the color of the top menubar/status bar of the system. I've managed to set the ...
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How do I customize unity on Ubuntu 13.04?

I have been searching some themes for unity on ubuntu 13.04, the simplest way to install themes that I use is copying the theme into /usr/share/themes, this worked but just for a few themes, but not ...
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Override theme background color for certain applications

When using a custom theme (Equinox Evolution Midnight in my particular case) the manager at System > Preferences > Appearance > Theme > Customize > Colors is indeed reflecting the actual system-wide ...
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Gtk theme for Unity Desktop

I am using Ubuntu 11.4 alpha3 for testing. Here I am looking that some of application are removed like Appearance where we play with theme preferences. How can I change themes in Unity? What is that ...
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How to change or add themes for Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change to a theme not listed in the Appearance screen? Does anyone know how to change themes ? There only 4 themes , can we add more themes by download it , i ...
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How to update gtk-3.4 themes to the new gtk-3.6

Is it too complicated to achieve? if it's not could you tell me how, please. I have some basic knowledge about gtk and css. Also, is this going to continue happening each time gnome releases a new ...
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Xinerama = 1 loses theme [closed]

I am testing out 12.04 and am using Xinerama = 1 in xorg.conf. When I do this, everything seems to work, except that some applications end up with strange looking buttons. Please see this image: ...
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How do I theme the Sound Menu playback buttons? [closed]

In my GTK+2/3 theme I am making for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, there's a very noticeable problem when it comes to the Sound Menu buttons - they are completely black with white icons: Obviously, this does ...
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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? ...