4a. Themes explained
Changing theme in Cinnamon is still somewhat complicated though it's getting easier and easier. First of all there are several different UI components you can change theme for:
Cinnamon themes - these affect the shell, Cinnamon proper, i.e. panels, popup menus, overviews and such. Note that changing a Cinnamon theme does not affect your windows, your wallpaper or anything else but the shell.
Window theme - these change your window decoration. Visually what you see changing are window buttons (minimize, maximize, close) and window title bar - the window "frame", sort of (technically, what you change is the metacity (window manager) theme).
GTK+ theme - this changes your windows' appearance, widgets, colour, style - the "body" to the "frame" set in "Window theme".
Window theme and GTK+ theme belong together, so, if you want to change to Faience or Adwaita or any other theme, you need to select it under both "window theme" and "GTK theme" to fully apply the theme (you can of course mix-match if you want, using e.g. Adwaita window decoration with Mint-X GTK, but they're not designed to go together). In Gnome 2, GTK theme and Window theme were joined and changed simultaneously by the click of a theme thumbnail. Hopefully it will be as simple in Cinnamon Settings at some point. Right now it does feel a bit like an effort was made to make changing a theme as awkward to newcomers as possible, but you'll get the hang of it.
Dngrsone wrote:Okay, maybe I am being dense or something... I have downloaded and installed several themes for my Mint 14 Cinnamon (64-bit) installation, but when I change themes, about the only thing I see changed is the menu bar.
I do not like white.
Let me rephrase that-- I DO NOT LIKE WHITE. It physically pains me.
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