I use mostly GTK+ applications (eg. Geeqie, Audacious, etc.) on Lubuntu. However, I decided to give KDE 4 a try by installing kubuntu-desktop and then removing the apps I didn't want.

Big mistake. Now, even when I'm running LXDE with the Qt applications running QGtkStyle, apps like K3b use Windows/KDE button order in dialog boxes rather than the GNOME/OSX-style button order used by standard GTK+ dialogs.

How do I force Qt applications back into using the GNOME-style button order for dialog boxes?

(Ideally, in a manner strong enough that it'll stay in effect even if I log into KDE, since 90% of my applications are GTK+ ones regardless of which desktop I run)

1 Answer 1


It turns out that:

  1. Qt button ordering is left up to the widget themes.
  2. The "GTK+ Style" widget theme follows whatever is defined in GTK+ config files.
  3. GTK+ button order is controlled by the gtk-alternative-button-order config key.
  4. Some KDE setups install a gtkrc file which sets gtk-alternative-button-order = 1.

Therefore, to get GNOME/OSX-style "OK on the right" ordering, the solution is:

  1. Make sure KDE is set to use either "GTK+ Style" or a style which intentionally mimics GTK+'s default configuration options.
  2. If the GTK2_RC_FILES environment variable is set, make sure ~/.gtkrc-2.0 (or something else you can edit) comes last. (Later files override earlier ones)
    • In KDE, you can set environment variables by putting shell scripts with .sh extensions in ~/.kde/env/ and making them executable.
    • In LXDE, you can set environment variables using export in ~/.xsessionrc
  3. Add gtk-alternative-button-order = 0 to your ~/.gtkrc-2.0

Not all applications obey button ordering instructions, but the ones that don't are usually GTK+ applications which hard-code "OK on the right"... so you probably won't notice.

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.