Thursday, March 29, 2012

Activating/Fixing your panel background in Xfce&LXDE

Note for Xfce and LXDE users... Starting with Ambiance & Radiance Colors theme and XFCE-LXDE Port version "11.10.2" and newer+

Due to their setup. Xfce and LXDE no longer have their panel background images applied automatically in the Theme it's self. We still support these desktops 100% as we did before but the panel background must now be set manually.

The reason for this change is Xfce and LXDE do not currently have fitting theme code options to use a "Panel.png" in the theme it's self for the panel without causing issues. Issues range from ugly unreadable segments or apps to major CPU USE from corruption. (Luckily the issues are contained and do not suck RAM just CPU until the app with the issue is closed. Still this is unacceptable.)

So It is NOW necessary for Ambiance and Radiance Colors Xfce and LXDE users to set their panel background manually. The end result looks the same or better then before and avoids the mentioned issues.

So Heres how we set the panel background image...
*REMEMBER* In doing it this way. Your panel will not change unless you change it! However it's very easy and safe to do! So before you change to another theme (Say down the line) make sure you reverse the changes made here. Or do the same for that theme (If it requires it)
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Activating the Ambiance or Radiance Colors Panel Background in Xfce...

(!) Note that all Ambiance-ColorName themes use the same panel background. Same for the Radiance-ColorName themes.
so if you change to a different color you don't need to change the panel again unless your changing from Ambiance to Radiance (Or vise versa)

1.) Select and apply the Ambiance or Radiance Colors Xfce Theme of your choice (See howto guide on that if your unsure how.)
-You should see the theme has taken effect BUT the panel does not look quite right yet! Lets fix that now.

2.) Right Click on the Xfce Panel.

3.) Now on the pop-up dialog that appears select the "Panel" Submenu -> then select "Panel Preferences" Option.

3.) Now you will see a window that says "Panel" Click on the "Appearance" tab from this window.

4.) Now under the "Background" Section. Click on the "Style" drop-down menu and select "Background Image" from the drop down. (To Reverse any of these changes all you must do change this "Style" option back to "None (use system default)"

5.) Now under the Section that reads "File" click the box that reads "None" or a filename if previously used.

6.) A File Browser Window Titled "Select A Panel Background" Will now appear. Now Simply browse to one of the fallowing directories.

A.)
If your using a Ambiance Colors Theme:
/usr/share/themes/Ambiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

If your using a Radiance Colors Theme:
/usr/share/themes/Radiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

And Select the "panel.png" file

If you can't find the "/" or "usr" folders Try clicking the option on the side panel labeled filesystem (on the left-hand side panel).
Now Browse to the folder "usr" then the folder "share" then the folder "themes" EG. /usr/share/themes/

B.)
If you installed the theme in your home directory (Not likely unless you did it yourself on purpose.) Then Browse to...

If your using a Ambiance Colors Theme:
/home/USERNAME/themes/Ambiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

If your using a Radiance Colors Theme:
/home/USERNAME/themes/Radiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

And Select the "panel.png" file

(!)To see the folder (it's a hidden one!) press ctrl+h in this file browser window to view hidden folders. the folder we want to install it in is ".themes" in your home directory. You can then press ctrl+h again to rehide it (For tidiness sake)

OR IF YOU USE A BIG PANEL(S):
(This can be applied to a big panel. You can use both small and big panels if you like! use the other file for smaller panels mentioned above and this file for big ones only)

If you have a larger panel repeat steps 1-5 on the large panel then browse to...

If your using a Ambiance Colors Theme:
/usr/share/themes/Ambiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

If your using a Radiance Colors Theme:
/usr/share/themes/Radiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

And Select the "panel_big.png" file

If you can't find the "/" or "usr" folders Try clicking the option on the side panel labeled filesystem (on the left-hand side panel).
Now Browse to the folder "usr" then the folder "share" then the folder "themes" EG. /usr/share/themes/

B.)
If you installed the theme in the Themes your home directory (Not likely unless you did it yourself on purpose.) Then Browse to...

If your using a Ambiance Colors Theme:
/home/USERNAME/themes/Ambiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

If your using a Radiance Colors Theme:
/home/USERNAME/themes/Radiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

And Select the "panel_big.png" file

(!)To see the folder (it's a hidden one!) press ctrl+h in this file browser window to view hidden folders. the folder we want to install it in is ".themes" in your home directory. You can then press ctrl+h again to rehide it (For tidiness sake)

Thats it!

Remember!: To change from Ambiance or Radiance panel background if needed. (depends on what theme you use at the time.)

Remember!: You will now need to adjust your panel manually (It will keep the selected background until changed by you.) You can revert it to it's previous state where it will auto adjust however this means you will have only very simple panel themes (EG.One Color) But if your changing themes that may be fine.

HOWTO REVERT THESE CHANGES:

1.) Right Click on the Xfce Panel.

2.) Now on the pop-up dialog that appears select the "Panel" Submenu -> then select "Panel Preferences" Option.

3.) Now you will see a window that says "Panel" Click on the "Appearance" tab from this window.

4.) Now under the "Background" Section. Click on the "Style" drop-down menu and select "None (use system default)" from the drop down.

Now Your back to stock settings.

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Activating the Ambiance or Radiance Colors Panel Background in LXDE...


1.) Right click on the LXDE panel (The strip on the bottom or top of your desktop that holds your menu and clock)

2.) Select "Panel Settings" From the right click menu.

3.) You should see a window called "Panel Preferences" Click on the "Appearance tab"

4.) Once in the appearance tab. You will see a category called "Background" Change the selected (Or bubbled) option from "System theme" to "Image"

5.) Now click on the "Big square box with the folder icon" directly right of the "Image" Option. This allows you to browse to the desired image.

6.) You should see a window called "Select and image" In Ambiance & Radiance Colors you can browse to the fallowing paths...

7.) In the window called "Select and image" Click on "file-system" on the left-hand side. Now Browse to the folder "usr" then the folder "share" then the folder "themes"
EG. /usr/share/themes/


8.) Once in the folder path "/usr/share/themes/" Browse to one of the fallowing the folders:

If your using a Ambiance Colors Theme:
/usr/share/themes/Ambiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/panel.png

If your using a Radiance Colors Theme:
/usr/share/themes/Radiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/panel.png


Then finally click on the file "panel.png" and click open!

OR

If you installed the theme in your home directory (Not likely unless you did it yourself on purpose.) Then Browse to...

If your using a Ambiance Colors Theme:
/home/USERNAME/themes/Ambiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

If your using a Radiance Colors Theme:
/home/USERNAME/themes/Radiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

And Select the "panel.png" file

(!)To see the folder (it's a hidden one!) press ctrl+h in this file browser window to view hidden folders. the folder we want to install it in is ".themes" in your home directory. You can then press ctrl+h again to rehide it (For tidiness sake)


9.) You did it! now all you have to do is logout and log back in for the entire panel theme change to take effect.


OR IF YOU USE A BIG PANEL(S):
(This can be applied to a big panel. You can use both small and big panels if you like! use the other file for smaller panels mentioned above and this file for big ones only)

If you have a larger panel repeat steps 1-7 on the large panel then browse to...

If your using a Ambiance Colors Theme:
/usr/share/themes/Ambiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

If your using a Radiance Colors Theme:
/usr/share/themes/Radiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

And Select the "panel_big.png" file

If you can't find the "/" or "usr" folders Try clicking the option on the side panel labeled filesystem (on the left-hand side panel).
Now Browse to the folder "usr" then the folder "share" then the folder "themes" EG. /usr/share/themes/

B.)
If you installed the theme in the Themes your home directory (Not likely unless you did it yourself on purpose.) Then Browse to...

If your using a Ambiance Colors Theme:
/home/USERNAME/themes/Ambiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

If your using a Radiance Colors Theme:
/home/USERNAME/themes/Radiance-Ice-XfceLXDE/Panel/

And Select the "panel_big.png" file

(!)To see the folder (it's a hidden one!) press ctrl+h in this file browser window to view hidden folders. the folder we want to install it in is ".themes" in your home directory. You can then press ctrl+h again to rehide it (For tidiness sake)

Remember!: To change from Ambiance or Radiance panel background if needed. (depends on what theme you use at the time.)

Remember!: You will now need to adjust your panel manually (It will keep the selected background until changed by you.)

HOWTO REVERT THESE CHANGES:

If you want to get the default LXDE look (Stock) back, just do this:


For the default LXDE look. (Note: that this is NOT the default on Lubuntu or other custom distros)

1.) Right click on the LXDE panel (The strip on the bottom or top of your desktop that holds your menu and clock)

2.) Select "Panel Settings" From the right click menu.

3.) You should see a window called "Panel Preferences" Click on the "Appearance tab"

4.) Once in the appearance tab. You will see a category called "Background" Change the selected (Or bubbled) option from "System theme" to "Image"

5.) Now click on the "Big square box with the folder icon" directly right of the "Image" Option. This allows you to browse to the desired image.

6.) You should see a window called "Select and image"

7.) In the window called "Select and image" Click on "file-system" on the left-hand side. Now Browse to the folder "usr" then the folder "share" then the folder "lxpanel"

8.) Once in the folder path "/usr/share/lxpanel/" click on the file "background.png" and click open!

(!) now logout and back in.


If you are using a different theme or distro that is not effected and want to revert back to it's default look just do this.

1.) Right click on the LXDE panel (The strip on the bottom or top of your desktop that holds your menu and clock)

2.) Select "Panel Settings" From the right click menu.

3.) You should see a window called "Panel Preferences" Click on the "Appearance tab"

4.) Once in the appearance tab. You will see a category called "Background" Change the selected (Or bubbled) option to "System theme"

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    1. Your Welcome, I'm glad it worked for ya :)

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  2. I've installed this Theme on XFCE, but GTK3 apps doesn't appear to get themed at all (although, they don't look like Win9x apps). Theme look "squared" in those applications (such Transmission and Evolution).

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    1. That's Odd. What Distro are you on? make sure you use the "12.04" version of the theme for new distros and 11.10.3 or 2 for older ones.

      Also Make sure you have the Unico GTK3 Theme engine installed.

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  3. Can't seem to find that panel.png in any of the above mentioned places???

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    1. Are you using the Colors Version or the XFCE LXDE theme? It should be available in /usr/share/ambiance-xfce-lxde/ or /usr/share/radbiance-xfce-lxde/ or If the colors version /usr/share/ambiance-blue/ etc.

      Unless you installed manually it may be the .Themes directory in your home directory.

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    2. panel.png doesn't exist. Its not in the folder for me either. Theme is completely broken :/

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    3. Found it under /usr/share/themes/ambiance-xfce-lxde/gtk-2.0/apps/img

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