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#1 2010-09-26 02:36:13

ka9qlq
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Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Is there a non cryptic way to play with themes? Maybe (gasp) a GUI?
Thanks
Alvin

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#2 2010-09-26 09:33:17

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

No GUI but if you've got a recent and decently written Gtk+ theme, you can change the colours relatively simply. Just open ~/.themes/theme name/gtk-2.0/gtkrc in a text editor and near the top of the file, you'll find a line that reads:

gtk_color_scheme="fg_color:#a0a0a0\nbg_color:#161616\nbase_color:#454545\ntext_color:#50d000\nselected_bg_color:#282828\nselected_fg_color:#ffffff\ntooltip_bg_color:#303031\ntooltip_fg_color:#ffffff"


These are the eight variables the Gnome colour-picker-thingy reads from. Just copy that line and #comment one of them out for backup purposes.

Html colour notations are relatively simple: #rrggbb = red, green and blue, with an extended numerical base system of 0-9, A-F. If you don't want to do it in your head, just open a Gtk+ colour picker dialogue (like the one for picking your desktop background) and copy the resulting values from there.

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#3 2010-09-26 21:01:38

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

OK, thanks.....Seems a GUI wouldn't be such a big thing, like you said they got the hard part don with the color picker.
Alvin

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#4 2010-09-27 00:55:10

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Hay (side note) I was playing with the window manager setting and don't know which Decoration style I picked, but it sent xfce into a autorestart loop. I'm in kde now...... can't get the window manager to change it from kde soooooo you wouldn't know what cryptic file I need to edit to change it would you?
Alvin

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#5 2010-09-27 04:19:45

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Probably best just to clear ~/.cache/sessions/

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#6 2010-09-27 13:02:59

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

No go. Any ideas?
Alvin

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#7 2010-09-27 13:48:45

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Try clearing/moving ~/.cache/Xfce4/, ~/..config/Xfce4*

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#8 2010-09-27 19:52:45

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

still no joy  :-( :cry: why can't this be an easy fix?
Alvin

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#9 2010-09-28 01:58:25

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Shouldn't there be a .conf or rc file somewhere to change?
Alvin

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#10 2010-09-28 02:45:12

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

ka9qlq wrote:

still no joy  :-( :cry: why can't this be an easy fix?
Alvin

Maybe this might help: http://forum.xfce.org/index.php?topic=5495.0


I use Xfce.  Don't you wish Everyone did? big_smile

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#11 2010-09-28 06:54:00

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

SantaFe wrote:
ka9qlq wrote:

still no joy  :-( :cry: why can't this be an easy fix?
Alvin

Maybe this might help: http://forum.xfce.org/index.php?topic=5495.0

If he followed my instructions, he's already [re]moved the entire Xfce4 and Xfce4-session folders in ~/.config/

Clearly something else it wrong.

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#12 2010-09-28 12:12:41

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Ya but what? I'm wondering if uninstalling xfce is the only fix. Where are the window managers stored? /usr/share/xfce?
Alvin

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#13 2010-09-28 12:30:39

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

The xfwm themes are stored in /usr/share/themes/, local ones in ~/.themes/
The xfwm4 binary is stored in /usr/bin/xfwm4

I'm thinking this is more than just xfwm4 now, though. You might want to try reinstalling several of the core xfce packages, like xfce4-session.

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#14 2010-09-28 14:59:08

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

And it was as easy as moving all but one theme to a temp dir and log into xfce and here I am. I moved the themes back after. I still have no clue where the window manager theme choice is stored.
Alvin

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#15 2010-09-28 15:12:42

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

~/.config/Xfce4/xfconf/per-channel-xml/xfwm4.xml, IIRC.

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#16 2010-09-29 13:30:28

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

There is no xfwm4.xml on my system
Alvin

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#17 2010-09-29 13:55:42

etnlWings
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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Well then either you haven't changed any of the default settings yet, or something is very wrong. I'd suggest starting a thread in the general part of the forum, as I appear to be the only one reading this thread and I'm shit out of ideas.

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#18 2010-09-29 16:00:57

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Well your ideas helped me a lot and I thank you
Alvin

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#19 2010-10-04 06:05:13

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

hey ...
i can not find the thread in general topic ???
how did you do it . reply plz
thanks in advance .

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#20 2010-10-04 06:08:47

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

where i can found colour picker dialogue . . . ???
needs to do some experiments .

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#21 2010-10-04 08:21:20

etnlWings
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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

Settings>Desktop>Background tab>click on the little coloured squares..

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#22 2010-10-14 05:26:07

Fabion
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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

I have same problem but cant understand clearly your goodness ?????

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#23 2010-10-18 06:14:51

Samson
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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

hello guys..
thanks for sharing information..

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#24 2011-08-30 20:47:03

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

download gnome-color-choose package.

Use tabs global colors, and buttons. The rest dont really work, but these are the most important.

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#25 2011-08-30 20:48:49

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Re: Is there an easy way to change colors in themes?

sry... gnome-color-chooser

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