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How Do I Activate And Start Using A Newly Installed Theme?

Once a theme is installed (See Previous Section on how to do so)
All you must do is activate it or tell your desktop to use it instead of the default or current theme.

Contents:


1.) Activating A Using A Newly Installed GTK Theme.
2.)Activating A Using A Newly Installed Icon Theme (2Meathods)


1.) Activating And Using New GTK Theme

On Unity and Gnome 3 desktops.
1.) Locate and start the "unity-tweak-tool" (Sometimes labelled "Advanced Settings") in your menu. (Install it if needed)


How-to Install this tool:

Ubuntu,Debian & Mint
Install via searching for "unity-tweak-tool" in the Software Center or Synaptic Package manger or simply type: sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool ,in a terminal or Run Command

Or if you don't have that

Install via searching for "unity-tweak-tool" in the Software Center or Synaptic Package manger or simply type: sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool ,in a terminal or Run Command

Start using theme via "Unity Tweak Tool"

(In Unity:)
Get to your menu of applications by Clicking the Ubuntu Logo or pressing the "Super Key" eg. The Windows(TM) Logo Key

Now simply navigate to the "settings" or "system tools" application category in your menu, or type "Unity Tweak" in the unity search box and launch the application.

3.) Once the "Unity Tweak Tool" application is open...
Select the "Theme" option from the grid.

4.) Now select your desired version of Ambiance-ColorYouWant or Radiance-ColorYouWant from the "Gtk+ Theme" & "Window Theme" drop down list boxes.
.. Your Done!


(Alternate method) Start using theme via "Gnome Tweak Tool" (Sometimes labeled "Advanced Settings")

(In Unity:)
Get to your menu of applications by Clicking the Ubuntu Logo or pressing the "Super Key" eg. The Windows(TM) Logo Key

(In Gnome 3:)
Get to your menu by clicking activities then clicking "applications" or pressing the "Super Key" eg. The Windows(TM) Logo Key.

Now simply navigate to the "settings" or "system tools" application category in your menu, or type "Gnome Tweak Tool" in the search box and launch the application.

3.) Once the "Gnome Tweak Tool" application is open...
Select the "Theme" option from the list of options on the left.

4.) Now select your desired version of Ambiance-ColorYouWant or Radiance-ColorYouWant from the "Gtk+ Theme" & "Window Theme" drop down list boxes.
Click apply.. Your Done!

(!) Now You may need to login and log back out for the theme to display correctly or take effect. (Thats How GTK 3 and Gnome 3 work for now)


On Gnome 2/MATE

Simply select your desired theme, GTK2 Theme , and Window Border on your Desktops Theme Manager:

-On Gnome2, Mate and Unity Desktops (11.04 Only) Do this-

1.) Right Click on the desktop

2.) Select Change Background

3.) Click on the "Themes tab"

4.) Click Customize.

5.) Select Your Desired Theme from the List In the: "Controls","Window Border" Tabs.

Thats All!

(!) Remember to select the Theme you want from each of these tabs noted.
(*) An alternate way to get to this dialog is to goto System -> Preferences -> Appearance , Then continue from step 3.. (above)

On XFCE Desktops

1.) Click On The "XFCE Menu".  (Should be On the far left of either the top or bottom of your desktop.)

2.) Click On The "Settings Menu"  Then --> "XFCE Settings Manager"

3.) Now Click The "Appearance" Category.

4.) Now Select Your Desired theme from the List!, In the "Style" tab.

5.) Now Go back by clicking the  "<-- Overview" (Back Button)  And select the "Window Manager" Category

6.) Now Select Your Desired theme from the List!, In the "Style" Tab Of the "Window Manager" Category.

7.) Once Done you may click Close ! :)


(!) In case XFCE Settings Manager is not Installed (It really should be, because it's pretty cool), You can also get to the same locations above VIA Clicking:

 "XFCE Menu --> Settings Menu" --> "Appearance"      (then See Step 4)

 "XFCE Menu --> Settings Menu" --> "Window Manager"  (then See step 6)

On LXDE Desktops

1.) Click On the "Start" Icon (The Circular Icon in the Taskbar/Panel in far left of your screen.)

2.) Select The "Preferences Menu", Then --> "Customize Look and Feel" Menu Item

3.) Now Select Your Desired theme From the List In the: "Widget" Tab And Click Apply.

Lastly! To Select the Window Borders on LXDE...
4.) Select The "Preferences Menu", Then --> "Openbox Configuration Manager" Menu Item

5.) Now Select Your Desired theme From the List In The "Openbox Configuration Manager" Themes Tab.

On OpenBox Desktops


Openbox, out of the box does not have a GUI fronted option to switch your GTK-Theme and Icons.
However most prebuilt openbox desktops Such as CrunchBang(Openbox Edition), ETC will will include the lxappearance utility. If you don't have this utility you should install it via your package manager.

Once it is installed, You can launch it via the command line or run command dialog...

1.) Right click on your Openbox desktop and Find the "lxappearance" Application in your openbox menu. Or Open a terminal or run command prompt and type: lxappearance (and press  enter)

2.) Now Select Your Desired theme From the List In the: "Widget" Tab And Click Apply.

3.) Now Open your Openbox menu by right clicking and find the obconf (Openbox Configuration Manager) Application.

4.) Now Select Your Desired theme From the List In The "Openbox Configuration Manager" Themes Tab.


2.) Activating And Using New Icon Theme  


On Unity and Gnome 3 desktops

1.) Locate and start the "Gnome Tweak Tool" (Sometimes labeled "Advanced Settings") in your menu. (Install it if needed)

How-to Install this tool:

Ubuntu,Debian & Mint
Install via searching for "gnome-tweak-tool" in the Software Center or Synaptic Package manger or simply type: sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool ,in a terminal or Run Command

Fedora and Redhat
Install via searching for "gnome-tweak-tool" in Add/Remove Software or type: yum install gnome-tweak-tool ,in a terminal or Run Command


2.) Open the "Gnome Tweak Tool" (Sometimes labeled "Advanced Settings")

(In Unity:)
Get to your menu of applications by Clicking the Ubuntu Logo or pressing the "Super Key" eg. The Windows(TM) Logo Key

(In Gnome 3:)
Get to your menu by clicking activities then clicking "applications" or pressing the "Super Key" eg. The Windows(TM) Logo Key.

Now simply navigate to the "settings" or "system tools" application category in your menu, or type "Gnome Tweak Tool" in the search box and launch the application.

3.) Once the "Gnome Tweak Tool" application is open...
Select the "Theme" option from the list of options on the left.

4.) Now select your desired Theme from the "Icon Theme" drop down list boxes.
Click apply.. Your Done!

(!) Now You may need to login and log back out for the theme to display correctly or take effect. (Thats How GTK 3 and Gnome 3 work for now)


On Gnome 2/MATE

Simply select your desired theme, GTK2 Theme , and Window Border on your Desktops Theme Manager:

-On Gnome2, Mate and Unity Desktops (11.04 Only) Do this-

1.) Right Click on the desktop

2.) Select Change Background

3.) Click on the "Themes tab"

4.) Click Customize.

5.) Select Your Desired Theme from the List In the: "Icons" Tab.

Thats All!

(!) Remember to select the Theme you want from each of these tabs noted.
(*) An alternate way to get to this dialog is to goto System -> Preferences -> Appearance , Then continue from step 3.. (above)

On XFCE Desktops

1.) Click On The "XFCE Menu".  (Should be On the far left of either the top or bottom of your desktop.)

2.) Click On The "Settings Menu"  Then --> "XFCE Settings Manager"

3.) Now Click The "Appearance" Category.

4.) Now Select Your Desired theme from the List!, In the "Icons" tab.

5.) Once Done you may click Close ! :)


(!) In case XFCE Settings Manager is not Installed (It really should be, because it's pretty cool), You can also get to the same locations above VIA Clicking:

 "XFCE Menu --> Settings Menu" --> "Appearance"      (then See Step 4)


On LXDE Desktops

1.) Click On the "Start" Icon (The Circular Icon in the Taskbar/Panel in far left of your screen.)

2.) Select The "Preferences Menu", Then --> "Customize Look and Feel" Menu Item

3.) Now Select Your Desired Icon theme From the List In the: "Icons" Tab And Click Apply.

On OpenBox Desktops


Openbox, out of the box does not have a GUI fronted option to switch your GTK-Theme and Icons.
However most prebuilt openbox desktops Such as CrunchBang(Openbox Edition), ETC will will include the lxappearance utility. If you don't have this utility you should install it via your package manager.

Once it is installed, You can launch it via the command line or run command dialog...

1.) Right click on your Openbox desktop and Find the "lxappearance" Application in your openbox menu. Or Open a terminal or run command prompt and type: lxappearance (and press  enter)

2.) Now Select Your Desired Icon theme From the List In the: "Icons" Tab And Click Apply.