I have Ubuntu 14.04. The background color of the File-Manager. White is too tiring for my eyes. Is there any way I can change this to something dark, maybe gray or black?

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    This is not a duplicate of that answer.
    – mchid
    Jun 23, 2016 at 7:00
  • Are you talking about the file manager or about a command line?
    – guntbert
    Jun 23, 2016 at 19:59
  • I am talking about file manager. Changing the background color of terminal is trivial. Jun 23, 2016 at 20:43
  • @mchid i think it's duplicated here !! askubuntu.com/questions/465908/… Jun 25, 2016 at 1:48

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You can install a "dark" GTK theme. Many popular ones are Numix, Delorean Dark, Ambience Dark, etc.

My personal favorite is delorean dark and here are instructions for installing that theme:

mkdir ~/.themes
cd ~/.themes
wget http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/344/0/4/delorean_dark_theme_3_6_g__vs_2_56_by_killhellokitty-d5nnoxt.zip
unzip delorean_dark_theme_3_6_g__vs_2_56_by_killhellokitty-d5nnoxt.zip

You will need a tweak tool such as unity-tweak-tool and or gnome-tweak-tool to apply the theme.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool gnome-tweak-tool

See my similar answer here.


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