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    HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    Note: I cannot help with transparency, I have looked all over the place but not been able to find a working guide.

    Create an empty file called .gtkrc-2.0 in /home

    If you already have a .gtkrc-2.0 then just add the code to your existing file.

    Paste the following code inside:

    Code:
    style "panel"
    {
        bg[NORMAL]               = "#"
        fg[NORMAL]               = "#"
    }
    widget "*PanelWidget*" style "panel"
    widget "*PanelApplet*" style "panel"
    class "*Panel*" style "panel"
    widget_class "*Mail*" style "panel"
    class "*notif*" style "panel"
    class "*Notif*" style "panel"
    class "*Tray*" style "panel"
    class "*tray*" style "panel"
    bg[NORMAL] is what defines your Gnome panel handles colour, simply add the hex code for the colour that you require. - you will probably want it to match the colour of your Gnome panels.

    fg[NORMAL] is what defines your Gnome panel text colour, again simply add the hex code for the colour that you require.

    e.g.

    bg[NORMAL] = "#000000"
    fg[NORMAL] = "#FFFFFF"

    This gives me a handle colour of black and a text colour of white.

    Now save the file, logout and back in and you should see the changes take effect.

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    Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    Thanks for the how too, worked perfectly.

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    Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    Here is another way (almost the same)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=334570

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    Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    Gnome Color Chooser also works nicely. It is available on gnome-look.org

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    Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    it's available on http://www.punk-***-bitch.org/gnome-color-chooser/ and not on gnome-look.org anymore

    [edit]
    ok, the forum doesn't like that address *g*
    but it can be downloaded here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnomecc/
    [/edit]

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    Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    Hey,

    How would I exclude the gnome window list from the colour/font change in the panel ??

    Thanks

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    Unhappy Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    i tried it and it didnt work. did i miss something?

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    Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    Quote Originally Posted by sethborders View Post
    i tried it and it didnt work. did i miss something?
    You need to restart the panel for any changes to take effect. You can do that by opening the terminal and typing:
    Code:
    killall gnome-panel
    One question: how do you change the "hover" text colour?
    Last edited by nathan726; August 1st, 2009 at 07:22 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    Gnome-color-chooser does let you pick the text color, but still doesn't include those pesky panel handles, so this tutorial worked great, now if only I could save the theme completely!

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    Re: HOWTO Change Gnome Panel Text & Handle Colour

    Is there any way of changing the colour for the text in each panel separately? Also what do the other lines do?

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