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I've tried to find any information about customizing Unity, here is a link to the official documentation but it didn't help for me - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Unity/Theming#Unity_Panel

Maybe I lose sight of the information that I need. So, I want to make panel looks like this

http://i.imgur.com/wkWCW7O.png

How I can do this?

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If I am correct, then the Firefox icon belongs to the Numix Circle theme.

To install it, open a Terminal and enter the following commands -

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme-circle 

Then, install the Unity Tweak Tool -

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Open the Unity Tweak Tool and click on Theme -

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Select the theme Numix

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Similarly, click on Icons and select Numix Circle


Alternatively, if you just want to get rid of the 'tile' background -

1.To Remove the Tiles

First you need to get to your ~/Downloads folder by the command:

cd ~/Downloads

Then download a file by the command:

wget https://www.dropbox.com/s/n48gz3g0fachi3t/icons.tar.gz

The download contains a icons.tar.gz file. Then make a backup of the image files at /usr/share/unity/icons by doing the following:

mkdir ~/backup_icons
cp /usr/share/unity/icons/* ~/backup_icons

Then get to /usr/share/unity:

cd /usr/share/unity

Now untar the tar file downloaded into /usr/share/unity by the following command:

sudo tar zxvf ~/Downloads/icons.tar.gz

This should get rid of the 'tile' .

2.To add the Tile back again

First you need to get to your ~/Downloads folder by the command:

cd ~/Downloads

Then download a file by the command:

wget https://www.dropbox.com/s/31ory2zycvk5c6x/icons.tar.gz

The download contains a icons.tar.gz file. Then make a backup of the image files at /usr/share/unity/icons by doing the following:

mkdir ~/backup_icons_notile
cp /usr/share/unity/icons/* ~/backup_icons_notile

Then get to /usr/share/unity:

cd /usr/share/unity

Now untar the tar file downloaded into /usr/share/unity by the following command:

sudo tar zxvf ~/Downloads/icons.tar.gz

This should add the 'tile' back.

Credits to Andrew for this solution.


To create a custom Unity launcher, refer to this guide.

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  • Thanks, I know how to apply new theme. I want to make custom Radiance theme. Just for myself. – kozlone Jan 7 '15 at 16:34
  • I personally like the Moka icons from the same ppa. But that neither here nor there, but maybe you might like that- edit I'm an idiot. Two totally different projects – geoffmcc Jan 7 '15 at 16:50
  • @geoffmcc Aren't Moka and Numix separate projects? – Rohith Madhavan Jan 7 '15 at 16:51
  • Your right, my bad. I used them both before and somewhere along lines thought they were same maker. I'm gonna go hide under my desk in shame for a while – geoffmcc Jan 7 '15 at 16:53
  • @AntonKozlovsky I have edited the answer to include more information since I am not able to understand what exactly it is that you need. – Rohith Madhavan Jan 7 '15 at 16:56

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