Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to change Plank theme on Ubuntu

For beginners changing theme on plank is not easy as changing theme on docky, because with plank you don't see a menu for switching themes. Don't worry i'm here to help you, follow this simple tutorial and you will be fine.

With plank you don't see an options or settings menu for configuring plank, that's because the settings menu on plank is hidden. You need to press CTRL button on your keyboard and then right click mouse on the dock, you will see a pop-up, select 'Preferences'.

How to show plank settings/preferences menu
While pressing CTRL on your keyboard, do a right-click mouse on the dock, you will see a pop-up menu, and then select 'Preferences'.
The plank settings/preferences will look like this:

You can change the plank theme, by choosing from the dropdown list of themes, by default you may only have a few options, but you can add more themes if you like.

How to add more plank themes
To add plank themes, you can download the themes that you want from the internet, extract the themes and then copy the folder into one of these two places:
  1. /usr/share/plank/themes/ for global themes, meaning other users on the system can also see and use the theme
  2. ~/.local/share/plank/themes/ for local themes, meaning only you can see and use the theme.

Alternatively, you can also install plank-themer, a script that will download several plank themes for you, without having to copy manually to the plank themes folder i mention above.

You can install plank-themer on ubuntu, like this:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install plank-themer
cd /tmp/ && ./;cd

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