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    Setting new background color in 19.10

    I am running Ubuntu 19.10 using the Ubuntu desktop. I had set a background color for my desktop in Ubuntu 19.04. But when I try to change my background color using Settings | Background I am not given a choice of colors but rather background pictures. How can I set the background to some other color ?

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    Re: Setting new background color in 19.10

    The option is missing in my installation as well . It looks like that feature has been removed by the Gnome developers. A work around would include creating folder with solid color background images.
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    Re: Setting new background color in 19.10

    Quote Originally Posted by Edward_Diener View Post
    I am running Ubuntu 19.10 using the Ubuntu desktop. I had set a background color for my desktop in Ubuntu 19.04. But when I try to change my background color using Settings | Background I am not given a choice of colors but rather background pictures. How can I set the background to some other color ?
    Hello Edward;

    For setting a desktop background color in Ubuntu 19.10 a different method is now needed:

    install and use dconf-editor utility:

    disable background images:
    navigate to: org.gnome.desktop.background.picture-options
    Be sure default value switch = off
    Click on custom value box and select 'none'. this will turn off using an image.
    Click 'Apply'

    set color:
    navigate to: org.gnome.desktop.background.primary-color
    Be sure default value switch = off
    Click on custom value and set color hexcode in format #334b32
    Click 'Apply'

    Background will change to custom color instantly.
    Last edited by Dennis N; November 9th, 2019 at 01:04 AM.

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    Re: Setting new background color in 19.10

    Thanks Dennis, I usually use pictures , but it's good to know how to apply a solid background.
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    Re: Setting new background color in 19.10

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    Hello Edward;

    For setting a desktop background color in Ubuntu 19.10 a different method is now needed:

    install and use dconf-editor utility:

    disable background images:
    navigate to: org.gnome.desktop.background.picture-options
    Be sure default value switch = off
    Click on custom value box and select 'none'. this will turn off using an image.
    Click 'Apply'

    set color:
    navigate to: org.gnome.desktop.background.primary-color
    Be sure default value switch = off
    Click on custom value and set color hexcode in format #334b32
    Click 'Apply'

    Background will change to custom color instantly.
    Works fine. Thanks !

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    Re: Setting new background color in 19.10

    It looks like that feature has been removed by the Gnome developers
    but in the help I see:
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    Re: Setting new background color in 19.10

    To set a solid color background create a small picture (.jpg or .png) of the preferred color in Your Pictures folder, right click on the picture and select 'set as wallpaper'
    I submitted a bug for this problem: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...r/+bug/1862945
    if you have the same problem please confirm my bug
    Last edited by corradoventu; February 15th, 2020 at 08:42 AM.

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    Re: Setting new background color in 19.10

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    Hello Edward;

    For setting a desktop background color in Ubuntu 19.10 a different method is now needed:

    install and use dconf-editor utility:

    disable background images:
    navigate to: org.gnome.desktop.background.picture-options
    Be sure default value switch = off
    Click on custom value box and select 'none'. this will turn off using an image.
    Click 'Apply'

    set color:
    navigate to: org.gnome.desktop.background.primary-color
    Be sure default value switch = off
    Click on custom value and set color hexcode in format #334b32
    Click 'Apply'

    Background will change to custom color instantly.
    I can confirm that this works too in Ubuntu 20.04. With dconf-editor it's also possible to have one image stretched over two monitors by setting a suitable large image to 'spanned'. In Unity this was a standard feature.

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    Re: Setting new background color in 19.10

    The option to do this via settings did not come back in 20.04. Before I knew about dconf-editor, I used gsettings which is installed by default. For primary-color you can also use 'rgb(R,G,B)' or 'hsl(H,S,L)'.

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