I've tried Gnome Tweak Tool on Xubuntu 16.04, but it didn't work for the themes or icons. Is there an equivalent that will work on Xubuntu 16.04?

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    There is a XFCE Theme Manager. webupd8.org/2013/06/… But it's an old project and it has already been integrated into XFCE 4.12 or newer. (aprox. Xubuntu 14.10 or newer).
    – ipse lute
    Jun 1, 2016 at 14:51
  • Gnome tweak tool (like in Gnome Desktop Environment) will obviously not going to work for the Xfce Desktop Environment. They're completely unrelated aside the fact that they're both based on the GTK+ toolkit. Jul 22, 2016 at 18:59
  • @DavidFoerster Well, it actually worked for some functions. But clearly, it's a bad idea to use it on XFCE.
    – Fiksdal
    Jul 22, 2016 at 19:03
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    Yes, that's because they share the theming related to only GTK+. This will work for any GTK+ application no matter your desktop environment or compositor (even those that aren't based on GTK+ like KDE). Jul 22, 2016 at 19:05

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You simply do not need one, XFCE is very customizable by default, you can do anything the tweak tools can do, right from the system settings.

You can change theme and icons through SettingsAppearance and window borders through SettingsWindow Manager.

This link will give good detail on changing the various theme components.

  • But changing mouse cursors is not straight. The cursor works only Chrome window.
    – SaidbakR
    Jul 7, 2017 at 19:53
  • xfce is about as customisable as a rubics cube. fine, if you've got the leisure and want to work out the combination. a big pain the ears otherwise.
    – markling
    Feb 18, 2020 at 18:45

In my case to enable transparency changing compositor. F2 and type:


tab compositing > Enable display compositing

There are a bunch of other interesting options in this tool. After figuring out the way I describe above I found another answer here.

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