How to Change Theme and Style in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to change the desktop themes and style in Ubuntu Linux.

A desktop theme is a collection of set of fonts and colors, style of icons, shape and color of the borders of each window, all packaged together to create a complete experience.

Unlike previous versions, the current version of Ubuntu Linux doesn’t come with packaged desktop themes that one can use to change the look of their computer. Then, there were themes for different seasons and styles, and designs from the most creative people.

Ubuntu Linux, however, comes with styles that one can use to change the color or a light or dark theme.

There’s also a high contrast theme for the visually impaired under accessibility that one can use if they can’t see color clearly.

Below is how to change desktop themes and styles in Ubuntu Linux.

How to switch themes in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, a desktop theme is a collection of set of fonts and colors, style of icons, shape and color of the borders of each window, all packaged together to create a complete experience.

But Ubuntu Linux doesn’t have a packaged theme by default. You may be able to change individual settings to get the same results.

Below is how to change the theme and style in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

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Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

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In the Settings app, click on Appearance tile to open the panel.

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On the System -> Appearance settings pane, choose a different color that you want to associate with objects.

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When you select a color, the color will apply to objects and style immediately.

Mouse cursor, and background are not changed when you change the style color.

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For additional desktop changes including mouse cursor color, window and others, you may want to use GNOME Tweaks.

To do that, use the steps below:

Press the CTRL + ALT + T on your keyboard to open the terminal console. Then run the commands below to install Gnome Tweaks.

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks

After installing the app, go to the Activities overview and search for Tweaks.

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In the app, under Appearance, you can choose different changes you want use to change your desktop look and feel.

You may be able to download GTK3/4 Themes from the link below and use to change your desktop look as well.

Once downloaded, extract the themes, and copy the theme’s folder to the path below:

/usr/share/themes

You can open nautilus as administrator to be able to copy the theme to that location.

Then use GNOME Tweaks to change the theme once the folders have been copied.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the theme and style to personalize your desktop. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the form below to report.

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