Inconsistent Application Appearance

Zlatko Calusic zcalusic at
Mon Oct 28 19:42:54 CET 2013

On 28.10.2013 17:31, David Rosenstrauch wrote:
> On 10/28/2013 11:59 AM, Nigel Verity wrote:
>> Hi
>> I've been using Xfce for several years now, with Xubuntu, Mint and
>> Debian. One problem I've always encountered has been an inconsistent
>> application appearance. The stock Xfce apps, such as Thunar, always
>> look great, with the controls displaying bevels, curves and all the
>> other modern visual effects. However, other apps such as Synaptic
>> always seem to have an extremely basic "flat" look, reminding me of
>> early versions of Windows or Unix workstations.
>> I can't find a common factor. Applications based on QT follow whatever
>> appearance rules I set using qtconfig, and there are plenty of other
>> applications which are neither stock Xfce nor QT-based which also have
>> an appearance consistent with the rest of Xfce.
>> Changing theme doesn't make any difference. The applications causing
>> problems don't seem to pick up any display information from the
>> current theme.
>> I have a machine running Mint which also has Cinnamon installed as an
>> alternative to Xfce. This means that the same application can run in
>> either environment. Under Cinnamon every application follows the
>> current theme. This suggests that the problem lies at the Xfce end
>> rather than with individual apps. Beyond that I've run out of ideas.
>> Grateful for any suggestions.
>> Thanks
>> Nige
> The QTCurve theme can provide a consistent look between GTK and QT apps.
>   Also the oxygen-gtk theme.  (Which I use.)

Yet another suggestion: Clearlooks-Phenix theme:

Simple, but beautiful, can't imagine my desktop without it anymore.


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