How to change the colours in Gnome 2.2

This page explains step-by-step how to change the overall colour scheme, including options for high-contrast and large print, in Gnome 2.2 for Linux. You can also customise the specific colours for window borders, text and other graphical elements.

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Changing colours in Gnome 2.2

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Step 1: Open the 'Appearance Preferences' window

Click on 'System' in the menu bar, then 'Preferences' and then 'Appearance', as shown in Fig 1. Alternatively, press Alt + F1 and then use the arrow keys to move to 'System', then 'Preferences', then 'Appearance', and then press Enter.

Fig 1'System' drop-down menu

This will open the 'Appearance Preferences' window shown in Fig 2. The 'Theme' tab should be selected by default. If it is not, click on the 'Theme' tab, or press Tab until any of the tabs is highlighted, then press the left or right arrow keys until the 'Theme' tab is brought to the front.

Fig 2Detail from 'Appearance Preferences' window

Step 2: Change your colour theme

To select a theme, click on the icon for that theme, or press Tab until one of the theme icons is highlighted, then use the arrow keys to navigate to the theme you want. The desktop will show the chosen theme immediately.

(There are further colour themes available from the internet, which you can download and save to your computer. To use a theme that you have downloaded, click the 'Install' button or press Alt + I.)

If you want to customise your colour scheme by changing individual colours, continue to Step 3. Otherwise, if you are happy with the theme you have selected, click 'Close' or press Alt + C to save your changes and return to the Gnome desktop.

Step 3: Customise your colour theme

To customise your selected theme, click the 'Customize' button, or press Alt + U, to open the 'Customize Theme' window (shown in Fig 3).

Fig 3Detail from 'Customize Theme' window

Click on one of the tabs at the top of the window to choose the element you want to customise, or use the arrow keys to switch between the tabs. Choose the style or colour you want from the options by clicking on it. Alternatively, press Tab until one of the options is highlighted, then use the arrow keys to select the option you want.

Repeat this process for the other graphical elements (window border, icons, etc) by choosing each tab in turn.

When you are happy with your choices, click 'Close' or press Alt + C to close the window and return to the 'Appearance Preferences' window (shown in Fig 2). Click 'Close' or press Alt + C again to save your changes and return to the Gnome desktop.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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