Change window border colour on active window

Please post suggestions for improvement of Cinnamon on:
https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon
gwi
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 86
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 pm

Change window border colour on active window

Post by gwi »

Hello all,

Sometimes I have a lot of open windows, and with all borders gray it is difficult to see which of them is active (i.e. has the focus).
How can I change the border colour of the active window? I managed to do this in Mate, but I would like to do it in Cinnamon. The Metabox window theme does what I want, except I don't like the looks of it. How can I change the Mint-X window theme (or create my own based on Mint-X) to act in the same way?

Below is an example of what I mean, created in Mate.
Example of active window colour
Example of active window colour
mint-border-color.png (54.91 KiB) Viewed 29415 times
George
Last edited by gwi on Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:06 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Regards,

George

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Cinnamon 64-bit, Asus Vanguard B85, Intel Core i7 4770S
remoulder
Level 17
Level 17
Posts: 7624
Joined: Fri May 09, 2008 1:14 pm

Re: Change window border colour on active window

Post by remoulder »

Cinnamon Settings > Themes
[Edit] your original post and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.

“The people are my God” stressing the factor determining man’s destiny lies within man not in anything outside man, and thereby defining man as the dominator and remoulder of the world.
gwi
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 86
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 pm

Re: Change window border colour on active window

Post by gwi »

remoulder wrote:Cinnamon Settings > Themes
And how does that let me set the window border colour of an active window, so it is not the same as the border of inactive windows?

Edit: After diving into the subject I managed to create an adapted Mint-X theme, and also discovered I could copy the Clearlooks metacity-1 theme from my Ubuntu installation to my Mint installation. Problem solved.
Regards,

George

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Cinnamon 64-bit, Asus Vanguard B85, Intel Core i7 4770S
dhdurgee
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 325
Joined: Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:56 pm

Re: Change window border colour on active window

Post by dhdurgee »

gwi wrote:
remoulder wrote:Cinnamon Settings > Themes
And how does that let me set the window border colour of an active window, so it is not the same as the border of inactive windows?

Edit: After diving into the subject I managed to create an adapted Mint-X theme, and also discovered I could copy the Clearlooks metacity-1 theme from my Ubuntu installation to my Mint installation. Problem solved.
Could you clarify how you did this? I would also like to highlight the active window. I have done so in katya by customizing the window border to be "Murrine" and would like something similar in maya cinnamon x64 edition.

Dave
gwi
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 86
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 pm

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by gwi »

For creating a theme based on Mint-X, I copied the Mint-X directory from /usr/share/themes (the system wide themes) to ~/.themes (personal themes), and renamed the directory.
I then changed the contents of ~/.themes/MyMint/index.theme.
The theme will now be shown in the list of window themes, with its new name.
To change the looks of the theme, I edited ~/.themes/MyMint/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml.
I used Gnome Dev Center's Understanding Metacity Themes as main source of information.

After doing that, I realized both Mint and Ubuntu use Metacity themes. So I copied /usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1 from my Ubuntu system to my Mint system.
The Clearlooks theme already has active window title bar colouring, so I did not have to change anything here. The title bar of an active window now is green (where it was orange on Ubuntu).

So, you can make your own theme, but you can also install another Metacity theme that already does what you want. GNOME-LOOK.org is a possible source for themes.

George
Regards,

George

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Cinnamon 64-bit, Asus Vanguard B85, Intel Core i7 4770S
BlackCow
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 5
Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:22 pm

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by BlackCow »

It's rediculous that we have to jump through such hoops to get something simple like this to work.

I might switch back to Cinnamon now that I know its possible to get the clearlooks theme working.
gwi
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 86
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 pm

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by gwi »

Even more ridiculous: the live cd is using Clearlooks as default theme... :?
Regards,

George

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Cinnamon 64-bit, Asus Vanguard B85, Intel Core i7 4770S
dhdurgee
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 325
Joined: Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:56 pm

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by dhdurgee »

Are there any cinnamon themes available for download with the border color changing on the active window and with the older style menu button on the upper left and the usual three buttons on the upper right? I sometimes keep multiple windows open and prefer to have the active window highlighted for quick identification and I find the additional buttons handy.

Dave
gwi
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 86
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 pm

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by gwi »

Metacity themes can do that for you. Clearlooks does what you want, except for the menu button on the upper left.
Regards,

George

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Cinnamon 64-bit, Asus Vanguard B85, Intel Core i7 4770S
abisdad
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 7
Joined: Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:52 am

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by abisdad »

This is just what I need to do too - but it looks a real complicated way to do it!

I remember in good old Windows 3.11 up to XP it was so easy to do... :-)
SteveFAL
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 23
Joined: Thu May 02, 2013 1:41 am

Re: @gwi

Post by SteveFAL »

@gwi :
In Mint/Mate, the Menu is themed separately from the desktop in general. Right click the menu button, select preferences--> theme, and the colors can be changed, which also changes the panel button.
gwi
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 86
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 pm

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by gwi »

I installed Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon 64 bit in a virtual machine. I installed the Clearlooks theme, but for some reason all window title bars stay gray. So again there is no way of telling which window has the focus.
Why does the Clearlooks theme no longer work in this new version?
Why is it so difficult to change the color of the active window's title bar? :cry:
Regards,

George

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Cinnamon 64-bit, Asus Vanguard B85, Intel Core i7 4770S
User avatar
jsplicer
Level 3
Level 3
Posts: 103
Joined: Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:39 pm
Location: New York

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by jsplicer »

Image

If this is what you are talking about I used went to system tools - system settings -- themes --- other settings-- controls Adwaita, window borders crux. I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for also I used the Halo Transparent theme, once in themes go to the 'get more online' themes, let it refresh and download them, then go back to installed click on the theme you want, then hit the 'apply theme' button, once you see a check mark next to the theme your using that theme. There are a lot to choose from just refreshing the get more online tab.

Hope this helps,

John
Motherboard: EP45 UD3P
CPU: Intel Core2Quad Q8400
Memory: 4GiB DDR2 PC6400
GPU: NVIDIA GK107 Geforce GTX650
HD Drives: 1 SSD Samsung 840 EVO 120 GiB for /, Western Digital 1 TB for /home, USB2 500 GiB WD drive for /home backup
gwi
Level 2
Level 2
Posts: 86
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 pm

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by gwi »

I know there are lots of themes to choose from. I don't need/want all the fancy stuff. I like the way the Minty theme looks, with the window theme Clearlooks.
My question is why this combination in Mint 13 gives the focused window a green title bar, and the others gray, while on Mint 15 all title bars are gay, focused or not.
I was just wondering how I could get this behaviour back, without having to go trough dozens of themes of which I don't know in advance whether they have different colour for the title bar of focused windows.

Following your configuration: when I set the controls theme to Adwaita the focused title bar turned blue (I kept Clearlooks as the window theme). When I select Adwaita as window theme, the focused title bar is gray again. So it apparently is not just the theme, but a combination of themes that determines whether focused title bars have a different color.

Why does the title bar turn blue with Adwaitha, and green with Clearlooks? With Clearlooks on Ubuntu the titlebars turn orange, so the colour is not in the Clearlooks theme.

My conclusion: the Mint-green colour was set in the Mint-Z control theme, which is no longer in Mint 15. I downloaded Mint-Z from gnome-look.org and configured the themes as I had them in Mint 13: Minty theme, Mint-Z for the controls, Clearlooks for the windows: gray title bars, blue for selected list items.

Use Mint-X for controls: gray title bars, green for selected list items. Fits the green icons, but where is my green focused title bar? :( :?: :(
Regards,

George

Linux Mint 20 Ulyana Cinnamon 64-bit, Asus Vanguard B85, Intel Core i7 4770S
User avatar
jsplicer
Level 3
Level 3
Posts: 103
Joined: Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:39 pm
Location: New York

Re: [SOLVED] Change window border colour on active window

Post by jsplicer »

gwi ~ I hear ya. I thought it might work for you. Sorry was worth a try. It could be that since this is an RC that hasn't been put in yet? I don't know. A lot of things changed in cinnamon since 14 so maybe in time we will get them all figured out.

I liked the blue and the crux so I matched up some of the coloring of my conky file to it. I used to get the same window border in green in 13 & 14, but I'm pretty sure that was in plain Mint, not cinnamon...

Edit: I just checked and your right Mint Z is not a choice in window borders in (LM15 cin, themes)...which would probably give you the green your looking for....
Motherboard: EP45 UD3P
CPU: Intel Core2Quad Q8400
Memory: 4GiB DDR2 PC6400
GPU: NVIDIA GK107 Geforce GTX650
HD Drives: 1 SSD Samsung 840 EVO 120 GiB for /, Western Digital 1 TB for /home, USB2 500 GiB WD drive for /home backup
taariqq
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:43 pm

Re: Change window border colour on active window

Post by taariqq »

End of 2017. Amazing that we still have the same issue!
I had to switch to Cinnamon because my Mate installed programs decided to disappear from the menu after the computer rebooted a few times due to electrical problem. I like the feel of Cinnamon but this one thing is annoying.
User avatar
Moem
Level 20
Level 20
Posts: 11977
Joined: Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:14 am
Location: The Netherlands
Contact:

Re: Change window border colour on active window

Post by Moem »

taariqq wrote: I like the feel of Cinnamon but this one thing is annoying.
Taariqq, try changing the settings for Buttons. It's counter-intuitive but this also changes the appearance of window borders, and some button settings combined with some of the window border options give you a coloured active window border.
windowborders.jpg
Image

If your issue is solved, kindly indicate that by editing the first post in the topic, and adding [SOLVED] to the title. Thanks!
User avatar
Minterator
Level 5
Level 5
Posts: 596
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:29 am

Re: Change window border colour on active window

Post by Minterator »

Cinnamon generally ignores border and titlebar color. Try my custom theme here, it works as designed in MATE

viewtopic.php?f=206&t=252647
Mint 17.3 MATE, kernel 4.11.12
User avatar
Moem
Level 20
Level 20
Posts: 11977
Joined: Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:14 am
Location: The Netherlands
Contact:

Re: Change window border colour on active window

Post by Moem »

Minterator wrote:Cinnamon generally ignores border and titlebar color.
Then why is my titlebar purple? :P
Image

If your issue is solved, kindly indicate that by editing the first post in the topic, and adding [SOLVED] to the title. Thanks!
User avatar
Minterator
Level 5
Level 5
Posts: 596
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:29 am

Re: Change window border colour on active window

Post by Minterator »

Moem wrote:
Minterator wrote:Cinnamon generally ignores border and titlebar color.
Then why is my titlebar purple? :P
In 18.2 mine are all grey even tough my theme specifies different color for active window. What version are you running?
Mint 17.3 MATE, kernel 4.11.12
Locked

Return to “Cinnamon”