Thursday, May 16, 2013

How to change XFCE appearance (theme, icons, wm, etc) on Archlinux

To eyecandy your XFCE desktop, you can get the theme on XFCE-look.org sites, there are lot of theme, icon, etc. Before that, you must create .themes folder on your home desktop first.

$mkdir ~/.themes

1. Installing & Setup Themes on XFCE
To Start set up theme. Find Themes on xfce-look.org, for this example, i will apply this themes:

http://xfce-look.org/content/show.php/Ambiance+Crunchy?content=151180

Download the themes, then extract it:

There are two items, icon & themes,copy any folder inside themes into .themes like this picture. 


And for the icons, copy folder inside icons to /usr/share/icons, but on this themes the icons is useless, just skip it.

Then open Start Menu -> Settings -> Appearance, Now the themes is added. 

Click to apply.

2. Installing Icons on XFCE

Here's the list icon that you can install (available on official repo)

And from AUR:

If you get from other sources, simply copy folder icons into /usr/share/icons,

Then open Settings Appearance, then choose Icons Tab, then set your icons.


3. Change Fonts
open settings -> appearance ->Fonts Tab, then set your prefered fonts.


4. Change Window Manager
Open Settings -> Window Manager -> Style Tab


To install new window manager, same as installing themes, copy folder of wm themes, into .themes folder.

5. Change Mouse Cursor
Open -> Settings -> Mouse & Touchpad -> Theme Tab


For more cursor themes, search on PacmanXG4.

6. Change Windows list / buttons on Panel looks Win 7 Style.
Right click on panel, then panel, -> Panel preferences > Items Tab, choose windows buttons. then edit. Uncheck Show Button Labels


Then your windows button will like this:



Ok that's about appearance on XFCE.
Enjoy.

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