Nautilus Elementary Ambiance Theme + Orange Themed Clarity Icons = Looks Nice in Unity


Even more Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal customization tips. We have seen some of the most beautiful themes for Ubuntu 11.04 Unity desktop already and one of the highlights of that list was Nautilus Elementary Ambiance Theme. We think we have just found out an icons theme that gels pretty well with Nautilus Elementary Ambiance Theme and it's called Clarity. 

Perfect Ubuntu 11.04 Theme, Nautilus Elementary Ambiance Theme + Clarity Icons

How to Install Nautilus Elementary Ambiance Theme in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal?
  • Now, install Nautilus Elementary Ambiance Theme by following the instructions below. We are simply quoting our previous article on this topic.
  • Nautilus Elementary Ambiance theme is the perfect little modification of default Ubuntu 11.04's Ambiance GTK theme. Totally loved it. Here is what you need to do.
  • Extract the downloaded ZIP file and copy "nautilus.rc" and the folder "nautilus" from the folder named "LAST VERSION".
  • Open Terminal and copy-paste the following command.
gksudo nautilus /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/apps
  • Insert your password when prompted.
  • Paste the previously copied files ("nautilus.rc" and the folder "nautilus") into the Nautilus window you just opened(into the /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/apps directory ie).
  • Reapply the theme(select a different theme and then select Ambiance once again).
  • And you are done!
How to Install Clarity Icons Theme in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal?
  • Luckily, there is a Clarity Icons Theme DEB package available for download.  
  • Done.
How to Enable Orange Flavored Clarity Icons?
  • There are a few more things to do. By default, Clarity Icons Theme has a grey color scheme. But it has got configuration options which are rather easy to do.
  • Open Nautilus as root. Hit Alt+F2 and type the following.
gksudo nautilus
  • Enter password when prompted. You will now have access to Nautilus as root.
  • Browse to /usr/share/icons and select Clarity folder. Double click on the file called 'change-theme'(without quotes) and click RUN.  
Nautilus Elementary Ambiance Theme + Orange Themed Clarity Icons
  • As shown in screenshot, select luteus color scheme. 
  • Now, reapply the theme(select a different theme first and then reselect Ambiance + Clarity combination once again). Changes will be enabled automatically.
Lastly, Change Unity Launcher Default Settings
  • Open CCSM(CompizConfig Settings Manger) and browse to Desktop - Ubuntu Unity Plugin - Experimental Tab.
Nautilus Elementary Ambiance Theme + Orange Themed Clarity Icons
  • And change Backlight Mode from Backlight Always On to Backlight Always Off. 
Nautilus Elementary Ambiance theme + Clarity Icons theme may not be the perfect theme combination for many, especially for those who don't like the default orange color scheme of Ubuntu. But I like it very much and for me, this is the perfect orange flavored theme for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. Let us know your opinion on this. Interested in more customization tips? Here are some of the things I did after installing Ubuntu 11.04. Thanks for reading.

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