December 21, 2014

Fix Toolbar Synaptic In Freya

Synaptic is a graphical front-end to apt, the package management system in Ubuntu, Debian and elementary OS.
You can install, remove, configure, or upgrade software packages, browse, sort and search the list of available software packages, manage repositories, or upgrade the whole system.
It's my favorite application for package management.
To install open a Terminal and type :

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Unfortunately it looks a bit ugly :

There is however an easy fix :

Right click Files in Plank and choose New Window As Administrator.

Navigate to /usr/share/themes and copy the folder elementary.
Then go to /root and create new folder .themes ( mind the dot ! ).
Paste the folder elementary inside the folder .themes.

Now we need to edit the file gtk-widgets.css in /root/.themes/elementary/gtk-3.0.

Search for Toolbars in Scratch and add GtkHandleBox, like so :

Restart Synaptic Package Manager....

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  1. Hi Eric,

    Can we manually make shortcuts to switch between keyboard layouts ?

  2. Publish link on Reddit, as not everyone reads Google+

    I asked other GTK CSS related questions there, and also found some, not all, the answers.

    Feel free to use that. It's possible to enhanse contrast in Files, probably also Slingshot (that I didn't find an answer to), and to do semi transparent theming.