Improve GTK Application Looks

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If you sometimes use old GTK1 apps (like xmms), you probably know they don't look nice. This is because they use ugly default theme. To change it, you need to:

  1. download and install some nice theme
  2. 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 'switch' command. That's all. Isn't it better looking now? :)


For GTK2 apps (Gaim, Firefox, etc...) you can do the same with 'gtk2-theme-switch' or 'gtk2_prefs' (which is the one i use and recommend). So once you have made your mind do:

# pacman -S gtk2_prefs

Or:

# pacman -S gtk2-theme-switch

You probably would like to install some themes too:

# pacman -S gtk2-themes-collection-0

Now run either 'gtk2_prefs' or 'swith2', depending on what you chose before and change the theme to your liking.

Enjoy!