I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS with unity user interface

kernel 4.15.18-041518-generic
gtk amd64 version 3.22

I installed two themes from b00merang: https://b00merang.weebly.com/windows-10.html -Windows-10 black theme and -Windows-10 light theme

I have no problem with black theme. With white theme however, the text of desktop shortcuts/files is unreadable.

Here an example image showing with black theme:

Windows10 dark theme

Here is the problem with white theme:

Windows10 light theme

Both themes were put in ~/.themes/


This answer is only for the mentioned theme in the question, i.e "Windows-10-master" Theme.

in this particular theme, to change the text color of folders on Desktop.

i have saved my themes in /usr/share/themes/ you need to replace /usr/share/themes with ~/.themes in the below example as you saved your themes in ~/.themes/

I have created a nautilus.css file in the folder

made the content in this file as below

.nautilus-desktop.nautilus-canvas-item {
    color: blue; # <--------- here in the place of "blue" you can put any valid color you want

Save the file & Close.

now, Open the file gtk.css in the folder/usr/share/themes/Windows-10-master/gtk-3.20/

add the below line at the end,
@import url("apps/nautilus.css");

after adding this line, last 3 lines should look like this.

@import url("gtk-contained.css");
@import url("apps/gnome-terminal.css");
@import url("apps/nautilus.css");

Save the file & Close.

Reboot to see the change.

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The issue here is with the text colour of the theme.

You can change this quite easily, since GTK+ themes (as of GTK+ 3) are simply CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

You can change the colour to


as opposed to


in this section:

.nautilus-desktop.nautilus-canvas-item {
    color: @desktop_item_fg;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px @desktop_item_text_shadow;

Or change the value of the variable:

@define-color fg_color

You might also want to consider a more up to date theme. You can find several of the same kind on gnome-look.org.

  • There is no desktop.css file into the app folder actually, can you please have a look at this? – ExtrUnsk Oct 14 '18 at 5:31
  • @ExtrUnsk if this answer didn't solve your question, you shouldn't mark it as solved with the "tick." I haven't (yet) downloaded the theme to check it for myself, but see if the updated answer works for you. – RolandiXor Oct 16 '18 at 4:08
  • Thank you for the answer. I tried changing desktop_item_fg to #ffffff in gtk.css and every other css file including it but it did not work. Same for second option. The only thing that made text color to change was setting @define-color theme_fg_color #ffffff in the gtk.css file BUT all the text in nautilus also went to white so this is not an option. – ExtrUnsk Oct 17 '18 at 17:06
  • If you have time to download the theme to check that would be great, otherwise I will just try to find a similar theme. Please let me know! – ExtrUnsk Oct 17 '18 at 17:06
  • @ExtrUnsk that's probably your best option, short of filing a bug report. I don't think I would be able to get a much better result, and it would take a while digging around and playing with values to get it right otherwise. All the best! – RolandiXor Oct 17 '18 at 18:59

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