I am not talking about the Win 98 look, but even with the gnome-integration installed buttons look a bit weird and there are sometimes black lines where there shouldn't be any. Why?

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  • Are you talking about the line behind 'basic fonts (Western) at the top? Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 13:09
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    He means around the buttons, there is a lighter grey square surrounding the button.
    – Weboide
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 14:25

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It's not using the standard GTK-toolkit - I think it has its own kit... The differences are subtle and many people doesn't seem to notice. But I think it's butt-ugly :/

Even with openoffice.org-gtk and openoffice.org-gnome installed.

You can try with a different theme in ubuntu to remove thick black lines though. It's an Ambience glitch.

  • Do you know how hard it would be to fix these bugs or move to the standard-GTK? Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 16:09
  • This answer is a bit wrong, as it does use gtk, just indirectly. The toolkit is called VCL, and it tries to mimic gtk, so it respects gtk themes, but it's imperfect (very).
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 16:27
  • @Roland, I'm also interested in @Toxicbits' problem - how difficult would it be for LO to directly use GTK+?
    – Oxwivi
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 16:37
  • I'm not a LO developer, but to my knowledge at this point it would take a lot of work, because libreoffice still has a long way to go to free itself of its OOo past
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 16:46

This will be improved in LibO 3.4 --see this before-n-after screenshot: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/attachment.cgi?id=42337


install openoffice.org-gtk and openoffice.org-gnome packages

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-gtk openoffice.org-gnome

  • I have them installed, that's not the issue. Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 16:09

To make LibreOffice look and feel in a Gnome setting copy and paste this command into the Terminal.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome

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