In the terminal emulator Terminator, I find that it's hard to tell which tab I have selected at any given time.

Here's what the tabs look like in Terminator.

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Here's what the tabs look like in Gnome terminal. Can I achieve such an obvious distinction in Terminator?

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This makes a difference when I have many tabs open and want to move to a particular one with Ctrl+PageUp or Ctrl+PageDown. I don't know which of these key combinations to press because I don't know which of the tabs I'm currently occupying.

I'm using Ubuntu (Desktop) 18.04.4

(If there's no solution out of the box, is there a plugin that will give me the appearance I want?)

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    @K7AAY : thanks for the guidance. I've made that update above, in the penultimate paragraph. May 21, 2020 at 19:19

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It depends on GTK3 You'll find what you are asking for here

You'll need to edit these for the active tab, in your file ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

  • for background : .terminator-terminal-window notebook tab:checked
  • for font : .terminator-terminal-window notebook tab:checked label

I think you will need to restart gnome-shell to force it to reload GTK css ALT + F2 ; then run r

(correct me if I'm wrong)

This also figures in the Arch Wiki

  • Thanks! I found that running r did not load the changes, though it did appear to reload my shell. After a complete reboot, the changes did load. May 22, 2020 at 15:21

In recent versions of Terminator, this setting is built into the Preferences panel.

Simply right-click any terminal pane and select Preferences.

The Global tab has a Terminal Titlebar section where you can set the colors:

Terminal Titlebar settings in Terminator Preferences

I am runing Terminator 1.91 installed with apt get on Ubuntu 20.4 and 18.4 systems, and this works on both.

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