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Desktop font colour [Solved]

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:02 pm
by PussyCat
I'm sure there's a simple answer to this - even if it's no you can't!

Is there a way of changing the desktop icon text colour/font? Most o/s's use a "sculptured/shadow" text which shows up against light or dark backgrounds but Mint13 xfce remains stubbornly black!

Re: Desktop font colour

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:18 pm
by herbie643
You might try this;
Open up gedit, medit, pluma or whatever your editor is and paste this into it

# File created by KDE Gtk Config
# Configs for GTK2 programs

include "/usr/share/themes/greybird/xfce-notify-4.0/gtkrc"
style "user-font"
widget_class "*" style "user-font"
gtk-font-name="FreeSans 8"
style "xfdesktop-icon-view" {
XfdesktopIconView::ellipsize-icon-labels = 0
XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 0
XfdesktopIconView::selected-label-alpha = 0

base[NORMAL] = "#ffffff"
base[SELECTED] = "#ffffff"
base[ACTIVE] = "#fefefe"

fg[NORMAL] = "#ffffff"
fg[SELECTED] = "#73B2D0"
fg[ACTIVE] = "#97CDFD"
widget_class "*XfdesktopIconView*" style "xfdesktop-icon-view"
Worked on my desktop and I have an almost totally black wallpaper.

If you don't like the color of your ToolTips you could uncomment the following.
I found this in the forum. Can't remember who posted it, but it kinda cool.

# style "my-tooltips"
# {
# bg[NORMAL] = "#FF0000"
# fg[NORMAL] = "#0000FF"
# }
# widget "*tooltip*" style "my-tooltips"

save the file with the name


in your home directory. Log out/in and see if that is what you want.

Re: Desktop font colour

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:19 pm
by PussyCat
Thanks. I was just about to report that I'd found "solutions" at ... r#p616083
and (The tip for editing files as root is also useful)

Still thinks it's daft that a shadow font is not used and that it requires a hack to change colour. Even my Raspberry Pi on which xfce has been installed has shadow fonts and a gui to change colours!

Re: Desktop font colour

Posted: Thu May 23, 2013 5:14 pm
by PussyCat
Now solved completely via

Shadow font at last (why isn't it the default?)!