I'm trying to mix and match a GTK theme with a different Window Decoration, but I cant see where this can be done. The Unity-Tweak-Tool changes the two in tandem, but this is not necessarily what I want.


You can try to change the Window theme and the GTK theme separately using the gsettings command, Ubuntu Tweak or gnome-tweak-tool.


There are two schemas, for the gtk theme is org.gnome.desktop.interface & for the window theme is org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences.

In this example I will set the gtk-theme to Ambiance and the Window-theme to Radiance.

1) Open a Terminal window Ctrl+Alt+T and type:

  • gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme Ambiance
  • gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme Radiance

The result in Nautilus:

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To install ubuntu-tweak you can add this ppa.

1) Open a Terminal window Ctrl+Alt+T and type:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

2) Open the Ubuntu-Tweak and go to Tweaks -> Theme.

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To install the gnome-tweak-tool

1) Open a Terminal window Ctrl+Alt+T and type:

  • sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

2) Open the gnome-tweak-tool application and go to Theme.

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NOTE: In this application the window-theme is named as Current Theme.

Hope this helps.

  • 2
    This solution (gsettings) does not seem to work as of Ubuntu 14.04
    – danjjl
    Jun 25 '15 at 20:18
  • 3
    changing window theme in ubuntu tweak doesn't work.
    – R T
    Sep 4 '15 at 3:04
  • 1
    ubuntu-tweak not found in 16.04 (sorry, cannot comment the previous answer)
    – cor4office
    Aug 5 '16 at 20:38

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