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    The ID-10-T's guide to themeing

    A picture is worth a thousand words, and Lord knows this would have helped this particular ID-10-T when he was trying to figure this out.


    First things first. Fetch the tools you are going to need. If you haven't found out how to use the Add/Remove Software tool yet, bounce your mouse up into the left corner of your screen, and wait a second, then click the [APPLICATIONS] button (word) and wait a bit more. (Gnome Shell is a bit slow here. It has to build the datatbase, I think ... everytime. <....> ) If that didn't do it ... it's either a busted install, or you really need to go back and RTFM. If it did ... find the icon, start Add/Remove Software, type the indicated things into the search box when that finally settles down, (it needs to build a database of packages) and ...

    Fetch the indicated packages, and if nothing goes wrong, the rest will get dragged in with dependencies. And, yes. You do need all of those bits listed in dependencies.






    Once those are installed, log out, then back in.

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    Now, using the file browser, create the .themes folder. You can double check it was created by setting the preferences to show you hidden files. If you don't know how to do that, explore the options in the file browser (manager) menus. If that doesn't clear it up ... go to the fedora project documentation on the project site and ... RTFM.



    ************************************************** *

    Now that the basic pieces are in place, download your selected theme from the repos, and skip to the part where you turn it on. If you're downloading a theme from some place like deviantart etc, put the downloaded file into the .themes folder, and unpack it there. (right click -- unpack here.)

    Then start the gnome-tweak-tool.




    Then select the active extensions




    Then select the theme of choice.

    A word or two about themes and choices is in order here. In F16/Gnome3/Gnome Shell, there are several elements which can be themed, and some which cannot ... yet. <....> Those elements can be treated seperately, or in a unit, depending on the theme itself. You, however, get to choose what parts of a "meta-theme" you wish to use on which elements. That means you may use Smooth-Inset for the shell theme, clearlooks for the window theme, and oxygen for the icon theme, etc. In short, explore a little, and don't be any too surprised if you get some random crashes out of it while you're at it. This is, after all, fedora. <....>





    At this point, you may wish to restart the Gnome shell. To do so:

    Press [alt]+[f2]

    Type a single "r" into the dialog, and press [Enter]

    Give it a minute to settle after the shell is reloaded, and explore your new theme.


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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Thanks Dan.

    FYI for others looking at this guide.
    If you aren' t logged in you won't be able to see the pictures.

    Cheers,
    Bert

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Good point, Bert. These images are stored here locally on the forum, so only logged-in members in good standing may access the images.

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Thanks so much for the guide Dan, it works great.

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    Good point, Bert. These images are stored here locally on the forum, so only logged-in members in good standing may access the images.
    I have granted unregistered users viewing rights for now but may revoke them if the server load is excessive.

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Quote Originally Posted by leigh123linux
    I have granted unregistered users viewing rights for now but may revoke them if the server load is excessive.
    I was using that as a test to see if I'm still in good standing.

    Dan, you suggest logging out and then in, redrawing the shell won't work? Alt+F2 and type a "r" and enter. Did I miss something there?

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    No, you didn't miss anything. Restarting the shell seems to work to apply the themes, but sometimes it just needs a logout cycle to pick up the newly installed extensions. Not too sure why, just something experience has taught me.

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Quote Originally Posted by leigh123linux
    I have granted unregistered users viewing rights for now but may revoke them if the server load is excessive.
    By request from another Admin, change reversed.

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Quite a nice theme you've build there!
    As for the guide part, maybe you could clarify the theme selecting part a bit because there are Shell, Windows and GTK+ drop down menus?
    The difference between them might confuse new users.

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Thanks!

    Let me get a little more caffeine soaked into my tissues and I'll work on that. First thing this morning I've got to finish installing F16 on an SSD.


    EDIT: Theme component Info added.

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Will this work on Fedora 18

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing F16

    Don't know. Haven't tried it. I really don't use Gnome anymore, so you'll get to be the one to try it first! <....>

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    Re: The ID-10-T's guide to themeing

    Its great to read this post here.. Thanks to being here with great stuff...
    Abner

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