So Ubuntu comes with the human theme. Brown everything. Want to change all that? Yet again I will bring you a how-to giving instructions to change your themes and customize them – and all this without touching the command line. Ubuntu is desktop ready, after all.
Here is our 5 step guide to changing your theme.
- Right-click on your desktop.
- Select “Change Desktop Background”
- A window will open, with the installed backgrounds. If you want you can choose a new background now.
- On the top, to the left of the “Background” tab is “Theme.”
- Click on theme. Now if you want a simple quick change you can just select one of the pre-installed ones and be done. Most of them are plain butt-ugly, so I customize my choices.
Customizing a Theme
So you selected a theme but Clearlooks just doesn’t cut it? Here’s how to customise your theme.
- Select a theme. (I have found Clearlooks to be the most customisable of the default themes.)
- On the bottom of the window click on “Customize”
- A new window will pop up with options to change “Controls”, “Colors”, “Window Border”, “Icons” and “Pointer.”
- Usually I stick with fooling around with colors, and if you are creative you can end up with some really bad-ass themes.
Here is a quick run-down of what every tab does:
- Controls - Here you can change the look and feel of radio buttons, tick boxes and clickable buttons.
- Colors – Surprisingly you change the colors of your theme here. Some themes do not allow changing colors.
- Window Border - Here you can select the window border style you prefer.
- Icons - Here you can set the style you want for the icons of your system. This influences how files and folders look.
- Pointer - This is where you set the mouse-pointer style. Ubuntu comes with some nifty pre-installed mouse pointers. For some of them you can adjust the size of the pointer.
Installing New Themes.
Browse over to Ubuntu-Art.org. Browse around a bit. Lots of nifty themes huh? Well you are in luck, friend – installing them is as easy as:
- Download - Select one, and click on download. Usually it gets downloaded to your desktop.
- Drag and Drop – Right click on desktop, select “Change Desktop Background” click on “Theme” and drag your downloaded file into the window. A box will pop up asking if you want to install the theme, just say yes.
- Select – And you are done! A nifty new theme without breaking a sweat.
So there you have it – pimping your desktop without delving into anything advanced or major. Who said Ubuntu was not ready for the average joe?
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