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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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 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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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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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 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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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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How can I install themes?

How can I install themes in ubuntu 12.10 ?? For example how can I install this themes on ubuntu GrayDay or Elegant+Eggplant thank you in advanced
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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 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 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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1answer
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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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Where are icons stored?

I want to change an icon of a specific theme. Where do themes save their icons?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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gnome-settings-daemon doesn't apply themes, unless I kill it and start it manually [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ubuntu 10.10 forgets desktop theme. UPDATE: It looks like i'm experiencing this bug where Ubuntu can't do themes on fast computers (e.g. SSD drive and/or i7 CPU). ...
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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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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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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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List of addons/extensions for gnome-shell

This list is now more or less superceded by https://extensions.gnome.org/ where extensions can be one click installed and configured. There are several addons for gnome-shell. Please help me compile ...
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How do I modify existing themes in 12.04?

Is there any way to modify the theme that comes with Ubuntu 12.04? It was possible with Ubuntu 10.x. I wonder why they removed the basic customization. Are there any improvements in this area for ...
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How do I only use the icons for applications in the Faenza icon set?

I downloaded the Faenza icon set and installed the "Dark" variant on my desktop. However I only want the icons for applications (the ones that go in the Unity Launcher), I want all the other icons to ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Change unlock screen appearance

I wonder if it's possible to change the appearance of the unlock screen as I'm not a big fan of this default greyish dialog box: (Image reference: ...
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Can I theme the menubar to look different if a window is maximized?

I know you can theme the Unity menubar in GTK+3 using CSS, but is there a way to theme it differently depending on whether a window is maximized? This would be useful for e.g. themes where the ...
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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 notice where the scroll bar bug is just with peripheral vision. I have to look at the scrollbar. With a very 22" monitor, 1920*1080, the ...
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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 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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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 ...