Both Advanced Settings (gnome-tweak-tool) and Ubuntu Tweak refer to "Window theme" and "GTK theme". What are the nuances between these two settings? Where can I find a discussion of this?

  • Not at all a duplicate. I understand that themes vary among the different windows managers... What I am trying to figure out is the difference within a specific environment. For example, I have Ubuntu 11.10, Gnome 3, Gnome Shell. This is what I use daily. I have two tools: Advanced Settings (aka gnome-tweak-tool) and Ubuntu Tweak. I'm interested in exploring various themes. With either tool, on its corresponding theme tab it refers to "Window theme" as well as "GTK theme." I do not know which setting will affect which presentation...
    – TheGeeko61
    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:36

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The windows theme refers to the buttons at the tops of a window. The gtk theme is the color of the menus , backgrounds, and buttons/dialogs within windows.

gnome look has additional screenshots and examples.

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