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September 16th, 2009, 03:00 AM
How do I change the look and feel of Ubuntu?

I like no nothing. =/

September 16th, 2009, 03:02 AM
this is kind of what I want it to look like.


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September 16th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Just right click the top bar and the bottom bar and change the colors.
You can change the look of your windows by going to System-> Preferences->
Appearance. You can also add themes using emerald.

September 16th, 2009, 03:10 AM
First go to

gnome-look.org (http://gnome-look.org)

there are themes, pointers, wallpapers and lots of other customizing stuff there.

Play around with Compiz and get Emerald themes for custom window borders.

Then for not so faint of heart, there is transparent everything:


As long as you have a 3d capable video card installed then the sky is the limit.

If you only have 2d video (not high performance) then there are still lots of themes, icon packs and wallpapers you can add that will change the look of Ubuntu for you.

More themes:


and more cool themes:


Have fun

September 16th, 2009, 03:12 AM
The awesome thing about linux is that you can customize almost every detail of it. Hell you can even go ahead and change your DE is you want right now. Just look around some guides, look at gnome-look.org or even deviant art.

The easiest way for me is install compiz fusion and emerald.

September 16th, 2009, 03:21 AM
this is kind of what I want it to look like.


didn't see that:

This look is simply adding a wallpaper of choice, changing the color of the upper and lower tool bars and adding a custom icon pack.

Also right click the upper tool bar, select Add to Panel, and from the window install




System Monitor

To change the color of the panel, right click the panel (tool bar) and select Properties, click the Background tab and choose a color you like.

On gnome-look there are color paterns you can use for that and some themes will change the color of the panels and menus for you.

Have fun.

I use a dark theme with lots of transparency.