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

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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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2answers
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How do I change to a theme not listed in the Appearance screen?

I just upgraded to 11.10 for better or worse. When I launch "Appearance" I see only Ambiance/Radiance themes available In /usr/share/themes and ~/.themes there are other themes that aren't listed, ...
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2answers
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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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9answers
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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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9answers
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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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5answers
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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 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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5answers
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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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1answer
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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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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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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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0answers
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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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8answers
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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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2answers
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Ubuntu is kde styled after install AND removal

I installed kubuntu-desktop and every thing was fine. Then later when I actually logged in to Kde, I decided that I still like Unity better so I ran sudo apt-get purge kubuntu-desktop && ...
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1answer
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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
28
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1answer
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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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5answers
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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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2answers
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How can I make my Ubuntu 12.04 look like a Mac?

I want my Ubuntu to look like Mac OS X. Just icon and theme if possible! Is it possible? Is there any way to install slingshot launcher?
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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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5answers
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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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1answer
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How do I install and select cursor themes?

I'm new to this amazing OS (Ubuntu 11.10) and I've been changing a lot of things and experimenting (it's fun you know). But I don't know how to install cursor themes. Can I install this? ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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How to change color/transparency of all desktop panels?

In KDE 4.7, after making some personalization I made a layout which I really like. But light panels color breaking the whole idea. It is too bright. Changing color scheme doesn't help. How could I ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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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 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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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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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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4answers
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How do I get a matching theme when I run a program as root?

I use a Metacity theme in my Ubuntu installation. Unfortunately it isn't activated for programs with Gui that are started as root user and some other other certain programs like gufw (when i start ...
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2answers
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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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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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2answers
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How do I merge two icon sets?

I want to merge the standard Ubuntu Mono icon set and the Faenza icon set. I would like to keep the standard Ubuntu icons in the panel (including icons for the likes of Dropbox, file transfers etc.) ...
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4answers
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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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3answers
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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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Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 cannot change window border theme

I installed Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 and when I change GTK theme using Gnome Tweak Tool, only theme of widgets changes, theme of Window border remains same. Can somebody help me to fix this issue ?
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How to disable nautilus from handling the desktop? [duplicate]

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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6answers
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Can I change the Firefox menu to look like the Firefox menu in Windows?

Why Firefox's main menu is different in Ubuntu (10.04) and windows 7 ? Is different main theme?. Can I change the Ubuntu Firefox menu to look like windows 7 menu?
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2answers
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Is it possible to have different GTK+ theme in Unity and Gnome Shell?

I sometimes use two different Desktop Environments like Unity and Gnome Shell (comparing, testing, creating screenshots, etc.) but Unity looks bad using Adwaita theme, which is the same with Gnome ...
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3answers
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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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4answers
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High contrast theme Firefox problem

I am using the high contrast inverse theme in 12.04 as I am visually impaired. This generally works great but causes a problem in Firefox as entered text e.g into a Google search is white. As the text ...
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2answers
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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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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 do I change the icon theme in Ubuntu?

I want to change my icon theme to Faenza. I tried using MyUnity, but it didn't work so well. How can I change it?
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2answers
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How can I create themes for Gnome Shell?

What makes me feel good in Linux is customization. I've recently tested some great themes for Gnome Shell. They're really great, but sometimes I don't like some part of them. I looked into the files ...
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1answer
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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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How to change the window theme in Gnome Shell

I use Gnome Shell on Ubuntu 11.10. I can use Gnome Tweak Tool to change the GTK theme and icon theme, but I can't change my window theme. If I select anything other than the default theme "Adwaita", ...
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1answer
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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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Battery icon changed?

I don't know what happened, but today when I logged in to Ubuntu 12.04, the battery icon looked strange (when unplugged): When it's plugged, the icon looks as always been, the problem is when it's ...
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Setting up Conky on Ubuntu

I am surprised after seeing the features in the picture shown. After searching a little bit, I came to know that it is a conky theme. But now I also am not clear about it, and I don't know how to ...