There was an option to change background to solid color. However, I notice that that option is no longer there.

The only options available are to use existing image or to add picture.

Was this setting moved to somewhere else?

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Here are some of the option available in the previous version

Ubuntu Studio 18.04 64-bit

Why can't I change my background to a solid colour

Look at the solid colour settings there

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Newer versions of Ubuntu Desktop have removed the capability to set the background to a solid color. You may run the following command in a terminal window to accomplish this task:

To clear the current image setting:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri ""

To set the primary color (the first color in a gradient or the solid color):

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

Reference: https://www.fcpace.com/node/55

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    Another reason to love linux. – Clintus Sep 14 '20 at 5:36
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    A slightly more elegant way to remove the picture might be to set picture-options to none. (Although I suspect Gnome is much smarter than to try and load a picture from an empty string.) – mwfearnley Mar 7 at 11:53
  • This will probably pollute the logs with an error where it does not find an expected bitmap background image. – Levente Mar 27 at 17:29
  • Works on 21.04! – Preston Lee Jul 23 at 15:37

Solid and Gradient Wallpaper

I use Open Office Draw to create my gradient backgrounds, then export the .odg file as a .jpg. I select this .jpg when I Change Background. I increase the size of the image a little when exporting it. You are welcome to my image, (attached), if you like. In my opinion 20.04 has the worst screen images of any Ubuntu to date.

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  • For a simple gradient, you may well find that PNG is both better quality and smaller than the equivalent JPEG. – mwfearnley Feb 2 at 15:30

I used my iPhone with the flash turned off to take a picture of "solidblack" (no shortage of black plastic in my house), then imported and applied the photo to my 20.04 desktop. This worked fine. I also did some testing with an upgrade from 18.04 to 20.04 where the desktop was already set to solid black. The upgrade preserved that setting.

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    Good resourcefulness. But instead of taking and importing a photo, you could create one cleanly from the terminal, e.g: sudo apt install imagemagick; convert -size 1920x1080 canvas:black black.png (see also stackoverflow.com/questions/39504522/…) – mwfearnley Feb 2 at 15:37

Sorry it took too long to answer this.

Find Desktop | Background | Style and select None.

You're welcome.

  • This option doesn't exist on Ubuntu 20.04 with the GNOME desktop environment. Do you perhaps use another desktop environment or another version of Ubuntu? – BeastOfCaerbannog Jun 26 at 20:02

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