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Hi :)
I really like the Radiance theme in oranges and reds.  It seems to be available on a lot of 
different distros but not at all in Windows without considerable work.  Silver is good and seems 
more familiar cross-platform-wise.
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Sun, 23/10/11, Jean Weber <> wrote:

From: Jean Weber <>
Subject: [libreoffice-documentation] Installing the "XP-Silver" theme in Ubuntu
Date: Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 11:04
On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 01:29, Martin
Fox <>

Michele Zarri put the following zip file together a
few years ago:

The instructions he wrote are:

Win XP Silver-like theme for Ubuntu

Installing the theme is fairly straightfoward.

1) Go to System > Preferences > Appearance and
stay in the Themes page.
2) Save your current theme in order to be able to
revert to it.
3) Drag and drop the file GTK2-WinXp etc.. and select
the option to
use it immediately. This is not a full theme, but only
the "controls"
part. (If you press the Customize button you will
notice that a theme
is formed by Controls,   Colours, Window Borders,
Icons and Pointers).
If you go to controls, the last entry should read
4) Drag and drop the XP-SilverWindow etc.. file in the
dialog and again select use immediately. This is the
windows borders
part of the theme. It is 99% based on a theme I found
on, but I needed to modify the shade
applied to the title
(just removing a couple of lines from the XML file).
5) to finish the transformation, you can select
Verdana as the font
for the Window Titles.
6) save the new theme.

Both the components of the theme were found at where you
experiment with many other combinations (probably you
will even find
something better... as I said I did not spend more
than an hour on this.

Alas, the installation and activation instructions appear
to not be
applicable to Ubuntu 11.10, which doesn't have the range of
choices in
System > Preferences > Appearance that earlier
versions did. I don't
know yet whether the function is hidden somewhere else, or
if one
needs to install the Gnome Tweak Tool, or what one can do.
I only
discovered this today and haven't seriously started
researching the

Meanwhile, however, I've discovered that the Radiance theme
in Ubuntu
11.10 looks very much like the "XP-Silver" theme except
highlighting is orange (menu items, checkboxes, default
etc) and the drop-down list boxes are as Hazel described.
My (possibly
faulty) memory of the earlier version of the Radiance theme
is that it
didn't have enough contrast, but on one of my laptops at
least, the
contrast now looks fine. However, it looks a bit less like
Windows or


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