View Full Version : [ubuntu] Unity - Partial Theme Settings - can't reset

November 6th, 2012, 03:30 PM
I'm having a problem with 12.04 Unity "theme" settings.

I can't seem to set everything back to default. The main symptom is that I can't see any of the items listed in certain applications such as the software center unless I select the item or change to a "inverse" theme.

I've tried reseting Unity using the "reset unity" command at a terminal to no avail.

I've also tried using 3rd party tools like Ubuntu Tweak and etc but I can't seem to change this behavior.

Is there a folder I can delete? A theme I can install?

This is something I did to myself by updating from gnome to unity using the same home folder mount point. There must be a legacy setting that I can't change.


November 6th, 2012, 04:57 PM
The command to reset unity is..

unity --reset

November 6th, 2012, 05:43 PM
unity --reset won't change your theme.

Should be able to change themes with gnome-tweak-tool.


If you don't want to install the gnome dependencies needed by gnome-tweak-tool,
install unsettings (graphical configuration program for the Unity desktop)
Very good App with lots of Unity specific settings.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unsettings


this terminal command will load the default theme for Unity, Ambiance.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme Ambiance && gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme Ambiance

February 23rd, 2013, 05:18 PM
Thanks for the suggestions -

No matter what I do - the contrast between visible print and background in certain apps is terrible.

The best example I have is the software center - the only text I can see is the window bar and whatever application I have highlighted.

New user profiles don't have this problem so I'm pretty sure it's a latent setting in a folder from gnome that I can't find or delete.

February 23rd, 2013, 07:11 PM
What's your current gtk theme.

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme
Default is Ambiance.


glen@Quantal:~$ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme

If you get something else,run...

gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme

and check again.

If that doesn't work look in you home folder for a hidden .gtkrc file
which will override your theme settings.
The old gnome-color-chooser and the new gtk-theme-config applications create such files.

Search in terminal...

locate .gtkrc*

April 20th, 2013, 02:03 PM
My theme is set to 'Ambiance' using the method you indicated.

I cannot find the .gtkrc folder

The contrast is still messed up.