Improve GTK Application Looks
If you use old GTK1 apps (like xmms), you would know they don't look nice at first. This is because they use ugly themes by default. To change it, you need to:
- download and install some nice theme
- change the theme
Some nice themes are in [extra]. To install it:
# pacman -S gtk-smooth-engine
To change the theme you can use gtk-theme-switch:
# pacman -S gtk-theme-switch
then run it with the 'switch' command.
For GTK2 apps (e.g. Pidgin), methods to change themes include:
gtk2_prefs. There is also
lxappearance, a DE independent configuration tool from the LXDE project. It doesn't require any other parts of LXDE. Once you have made your mind set, do one or more of the following:
# pacman -S gtk-theme-switch2 # pacman -S gtk-chtheme # pacman -S gtk2_prefs # pacman -S lxappearance
It is recommended to install some themes too. The popular Clearlooks theme is included within the
# pacman -S gtk-engines
Further themes can be found in AUR e.g. by
# yaourt -Ss gtk-theme gtk2-theme
Now run either
gtk2_prefs, depending on the method you choose and change the theme to your liking.
If you want to change the icon theme of GTK2 Applications, then modify or add in the file
~/.gtkrc-2.0 the following line (here the icon theme is set to Tango):
gtk-icon-theme-name = "Tango" ...more gtk2 settings...
GTK with QT
If you have GTK and QT(KDE) applications on you desktop then you know their looks don't blend well. If you wish to make your GTK styles match your QT styles please read Uniform Look for QT and GTK Applications.