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.

enter image description here

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

enter image description here

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?)

  • 1
    @K7AAY : thanks for the guidance. I've made that update above, in the penultimate paragraph. – JellicleCat May 21 at 19:19

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

| improve this answer | |
  • 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. – JellicleCat May 22 at 15:21

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.