Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tiny Borders in Ubuntu

**Update** - This also works in 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)

Maybe I'm a little late to the party, but I figured I would post a fix to the really annoying fact that the default Ubuntu theme (Ambiance) in 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) has super tiny (1 pixel) borders, which makes resizing nigh impossible.

All you have to do is open up a terminal and type the following:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml

Now change the following values under  frame_geometry_normal to 3 (or whatever you prefer)

<distance name="left_width" value="1"></distance>
<distance name="right_width" value="1"></distance>
<distance name="bottom_height" value="1"></distance>

Save and close the file. Now Open System->Preferences->Appearance and double-click on the Ambiance theme to refresh it. Play around with the values to find what works best for you. Enjoy your new easily resized windows! Note, this is explained in the Launchpad bug report. I'm just posting it here in hopes that it may be easier to find for those struggling. Let me know if you found this useful.

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