How to install a new theme in LXDE

Image of LXDE with the Lubuntu desktop theme.

Yesterday we saw how to install a new desktop theme for Gnome. A simple process although not so easy to achieve for a novice user. There are other desks that have the same problem and are widely used.

Such is the case with LXDE, a lightweight desktop that is widely used but it is not so easy to change the artwork, at least for novice users. Yet once we know the operation of installing a new theme, LXDE customization is simple and easy.

To install a new theme we have to keep in mind that we have to install the theme, the GTK file and the icons. The theme will change aspects such as the upper part of the windows, the panels, etc ... The gtk file will change the tabs and internal elements of the windows except for the fonts and icons, elements that will go in other files.

A new theme in LXDE requires the theme file, the gtk file and the icons.

They are all in the hidden folder .themes, a folder containing subfolders with the elements necessary to customize icons, text fonts or gtk files.

So to install a new desktop theme, we have to get the theme first. On the Gnome-Look website we will find many themes and other elements that will help us to customize our LXDE.

Once we have achieved it, we unzip the elements in the different hidden folders. All inside the .themes folder. Once we have done this, now we need to tell LXDE to use the new files as primary.

To do this we go to LXAppearance, a program that manages this kind of thing. We will usually find it in System Settings, but the particular distribution may have modified it, in this case we just have to go to Search and enter the word "LXAppearance". Once we have marked the changes we want to apply, we just have to close the application and that's it.

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  1.   reytux said

    You need to put the missing themes for openbox bro

  2.   Gonzalo said

    And where is the hidden .themes folder located?

    1.    Felipe said

      when a folder has a. ahead sgnfc which is a hidden folder and generally .theme is in your home folder

  3.   oscar said

    It seems to me a little clarifying comment and that does not help those who do not know Linux.