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?
Installing new themes in Ubuntu 10.10 and below
To install the themes open the Theme Manager which can be accessed from System > Preferences > Appearances then just drag the theme/icons etc on to the window.
Once installed you can either directly use the theme or modify it to use individual components like icons, borders, etc in the Theme Manager.
Installing new themes in Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04 LTS
Ubuntu 11.10 and later versions switched to GNOME 3, and in the process lost the ability to add new themes easily through the Appearances window. However, new themes can be installed in other ways.
11.04 and earlier uses GTK+2 themes; for Ubuntu 11.10 and up, you'll want GTK+3 themes. These can be found easily at a site like gnome-look.org.
Once you have your themes, extract them to the appropriate folders.
- GTK+3 themes go in
/usr/share/themesto be available for all users)
- Icon themes go in
/usr/share/iconsto be available for all users)
To install and use the themes you download, you'll need to either:
- install the GNOME Tweak Tool. You may also want to install the User Themes Extension (
gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme); see the source below for more information.
- install MyUnity
Use these instructions to change to your newly installed theme.
Installing cursors/icons/themes in 11.10 and above:
When you found a nice icon or cursor packages you download it, right click on it and choose 'extract here'. Then you open Nautilus with root previleges
gksu nautilus and copy/move the extracted folder to the folder
For theme packages you copy/move the extracted folder to
Then you go to the Software Center and install the gnome-tweak-tool. Afterwards open the Dash with the Super(Windows)-Key and type tweak and choose the 'advances preferences' (or so, I'm not on an English system). Under 'theme' you should be able to change your cursor/icons/theme to whatever you like/installed.
In Ubuntu 11.04 and earlier System > Preferences > Appearance
Then click "Get more themes online" which points to: http://art.gnome.org/themes
Ubuntu 11.10 has a simplified Appearances preference that dosen't include a button for getting more themes.