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davethewave83
December 16th, 2011, 02:05 PM
I got rid of Unity and installed the old gdm classic, my machine runs much smoother now, but the appearance tool is still missing the "Theme, Background, Fonts, Interface, Visual effects" options, it only has background wallpapers and limited themes.

can anyone tell me what the old appearance preference tool is called, either where to find it in Ubuntu or how to install it?

Thanks :)

Frogs Hair
December 16th, 2011, 06:16 PM
You can find change background by right clicking an open area on the desktop . The other options can be found in Advanced Settings once installed from the software center . The Appearance Preferences that you are used to seeing are no more in Gnome 3 .

You will need the advanced settings to change themes and icons to other than the defaults . The effects tab has been gone for a while now . http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Install-GNOME-Themes-in-Ubuntu-11-10-231213.shtml

davethewave83
December 17th, 2011, 01:03 AM
You can find change background by right clicking an open area on the desktop . The other options can be found in Advanced Settings once installed from the software center . The Appearance Preferences that you are used to seeing are no more in Gnome 3 .

You will need the advanced settings to change themes and icons to other than the defaults . The effects tab has been gone for a while now . http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Install-GNOME-Themes-in-Ubuntu-11-10-231213.shtml

wow really? :confused: why would they remove the tabs in an upgrade, things are supposed to get better in upgrades not more limited - non-user friendly:P

thanks for the info. I removed unity and use gnome fallback so I can't follow that link's instructions though "
3. Now, click the Ubuntu logo from the Unity panel and search for Ubuntu Tweak Tool, which is actually called Advanced Settings. Click the shortcut and it will open."

I do not have a unity panel.

is there a way to install gnome 2.32 and remove gnome 3? I don't like it

Frogs Hair
December 17th, 2011, 01:42 AM
There are some options . Gnome 2 has a fork named "Mate" and you can add the Mint repository and install it , switch to a Gnome 2 distro , or go back to 10.04 . http://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/install-linux-mint-mate-desktop-in-ubuntu-11-10/


There is also a PPA for Classic Gnome that will restore some familiar options . When 10.04 reaches EOL Gnome 2 will be gone completely from Ubuntu . 11.04 was the last release to use it . http://www.webupd8.org/2011/11/indicator-applet-ported-to-gnome-3-can.html

davethewave83
December 17th, 2011, 02:04 AM
There are a some options . Gnome 2 has a fork named "Mate" and you can add the Mint repository and install it , switch to a Gnome 2 distro , or go back to 10.04 . http://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/install-linux-mint-mate-desktop-in-ubuntu-11-10/


There is also a PPA for Classic Gnome that will restore some familiar options . When 10.04 reaches EOL Gnome 2 will be gone completely from Ubuntu . 11.04 was the last release to use it . http://www.webupd8.org/2011/11/indicator-applet-ported-to-gnome-3-can.html

okay thanks, and this will give me the theme options?
I'm downloading 10.04 now

Frogs Hair
December 17th, 2011, 03:01 AM
okay thanks, and this will give me the theme options?
I'm downloading 10.04 now

There are quite a few GTK 3 themes they just don't install the same way as GTK 2 themes . http://gnome-look.org/index.php?xcontentmode=167&PHPSESSID=695795968eca3851a67df6aa68f36f59

davethewave83
December 17th, 2011, 05:40 PM
There are quite a few GTK 3 themes they just don't install the same way as GTK 2 themes . http://gnome-look.org/index.php?xcontentmode=167&PHPSESSID=695795968eca3851a67df6aa68f36f59

Thanks, I have a theme that is for GTK 2 though. Maybe I can find a way to convert it someday.

It's not really a big issue I guess.