I cannot figure out how to make a desktop gradient in 18.04 (upgraded from 16.04, and there it was simply in the settings, but seems to be gone in 18.04 :-(( THANKS!

  • Are you referring to the solid color gradient for desktop background?
    – doug
    Nov 5, 2018 at 12:18
  • yes, and PRATAP already answered this below :-)
    – Stefan
    Nov 5, 2018 at 13:54

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First set any color from settings>background>background>color

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I use https://www.color-hex.com/ this website for choosing colors.

then run below commands

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background color-shading-type 'horizontal'

you may put 'vertical' also

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background primary-color '#456789'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background secondary-color '#000000'


pratap@pratap:~$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background color-shading-type 'horizontal'
pratap@pratap:~$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background primary-color '#456789'
pratap@pratap:~$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background secondary-color '#000000'

replace any color you want in above commands.

Horizontal Grading enter image description here

Vertical Grading enter code here

  • Hello, What if I want to factory reset these background settings back to normal?
    – Vin Raghav
    Oct 4, 2021 at 11:18
  • gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.background color-shading-type
    – UnKNOWn
    Oct 4, 2021 at 11:30
  • You have to use that reset to number of settings you changed.
    – UnKNOWn
    Oct 4, 2021 at 11:31

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