How to install the Black Maia Gnome Shell theme

Black Maia is a beautiful, dark Gnome Shell theme. It goes well with the Manjaro Linux OS and is used on the official Gnome release. However, it is possible to use it on any Gnome-based Linux desktop. In this guide, we’ll go over how to set it up.

Downloading Black Maia

The Black Maia Gnome Shell theme is available for download (in many different versions) on Gnome-look.org, a popular Linux theme website. To get your hands on it, click on this link here. It will take you to the Black Maia Gnome-look page.

Once on the page, look for the “Files” tab, and click on it. After clicking on the “Files” tab, you will see various releases for the Black Maia Gnome Shell theme. They cover every version of Gnome Shell from the latest (3.36) to 3.28, ensuring that no matter how old your Gnome desktop is, you’ll be able to enjoy Black Maia! To download, follow the instructions outlined below.

3.36

If you’re running the latest Gnome Shell, locate Black-Maia-3.36.tar.xz and click on the blue button in the DL column. By doing that, you’ll be able to start the download.

3.34

Are you running Gnome Shell 3.34 on your Linux PC? Grab Black-Maia-3.34.tar.xz by clicking on the blue button in the DL column.

3.32

Need to get the Black Maia Gnome Shell theme for Gnome 3.32? If so, locate Black-Maia-3.32.tar.xz in the “Files” list and then click on the blue button in the DL column.

3.30

To download version 3.30 of Black Maia, locate Black-Maia-3.30.tar.xz in the “Files” column. From there, click on the blue button in the DL column to start the download.

3.28

Still on Gnome 3.28? Want to install Black Maia? Find Black-Maia-3.28.tar.xz and click on the blue button in the DL column to grab it.

Once you’ve downloaded your Black Maia theme archive, move on to the next section of the guide to learn how to extract it.

Extracting Black Maia on Linux

Extracting the Black Maia Gnome Shell theme file is best done with the Linux terminal. The reason? TarXZ archive files are straightforward to manipulate with the command-line, and you’ll be able to quickly extract their contents with a single command, rather than fiddling around in the Gnome file manager.

To start the extraction process, open up a terminal window on the Gnome desktop. After opening the terminal window, use the CD command to move the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory, where the Black Maia Gnome Shell theme file was downloaded earlier.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, follow the extraction instructions outlined below that corresponds with the version of Black Maia you’ve downloaded to your computer.

3.36

To extract version 3.36 of the Black Maia theme, execute the following terminal command.

tar xvf Black-Maia-3.36.tar.xz

3.34

To extract version 3.34 of the Black Maia theme, run the following command in a terminal.

tar xvf Black-Maia-3.34.tar.xz

3.32

To extract the contents of version 3.32 of the Black Maia theme, execute this command in a terminal window.

tar xvf Black-Maia-3.32.tar.xz

3.30

To extract version 3.30 of the Black Maia theme on your computer, make use of the following command.

tar xvf Black-Maia-3.30.tar.xz

3.28

To extract version 3.28 of the Black Maia theme on your Linux PC, run the command below.

tar xvf Black-Maia-3.28.tar.xz

Once the files are fully extracted from the TarXZ archive,

Installing Black Maia on Linux

Installing a Gnome Shell theme is very similar to installing GTK themes. Gnome Shell themes can go in either the ~/.themes folder as a single-user or in /usr/share/themes/ for a system-wide installation.

Single-user

To install the Black Maia Gnome Shell theme as a single-user, start by creating a new ~/.themes folder.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

Once you’ve created the new folder, move the Black Maia Gnome Shell theme into it with the commands below.

cd ~/Downloads
rm *.tar.xz

mv Black-Maia* ~/.themes

System-wide

To install the Black Maia Gnome Shell theme system-wide, do the following. First, move into the “Downloads” directory with the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, elevate the terminal session to the root account with sudo -s.

sudo -s

Once the terminal session is elevated, delete the TarXZ files and move the files to the /usr/share/themes/ directory.

rm *.tar.xz

mv Black-Maia* /usr/share/themes/

Enabling Black Maia in Gnome

To Enable Black Maia in Gnome, start by installing the “User Themes” Gnome Shell extension. It allows users to use custom shell themes. Once the extension is installed, open up a terminal window and install the Gnome Tweak Tool.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Debian

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S gnome-tweak-tool

Fedora

sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install gnome-tweak-tool

After installing Gnome Tweak Tool or “Tweaks” as it is also known by, launch it on your PC. Once the app is open, find “Appearance” and click on it. Then, look for “Shell theme.”

In the “Shell theme” menu, change it to Black Maia. Once the theme is changed, your Gnome Shell desktop should automatically switch to it.

If you’re looking for some color variation, try the Ultimate Maia theme.

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How to install the Plane icon theme on Linux

Plane is a simple, beautiful icon theme for Linux. It uses a flat-like design, and all of the icons are very clean and easy to see. If you’re looking for a clean, flat set of icons for your Linux PC, follow along with this guide to get Plane working on your system!

Downloading Plane icons

To get your hands on the Plane icon theme for Linux, you will need to head over to Gnome-look.org. Once there, find the “Files” tab, and click on it with the mouse to access available files to download.

Inside of the “Files” tab, look through the two icon packs available for download. The first pack is PlaneDarkGnomedark-2-20200224214239.0.zip, and it is the dark version of the icon theme. The second is PlaneGnome-2.0.zip, which is the non-dark theme. Click on the blue button in the “DL” column, followed by the blue “Download” button to save it to your PC.

Extracting Plane icons

The Plane icon themes come packed in ZIP archives. To extract these archives, you will need a terminal window. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, from there, use the commands below to install the Unzip utility, a command-line tool that will help you extract the contents of the Plane archive you downloaded.

Ubuntu

To get Unzip on Ubuntu, run the Apt command.

sudo apt install unzip

Debian

To install Unzip on Debian, run Apt-get.

sudo apt-get install unzip

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, install Unzip with pacman -S.

sudo pacman -S unzip

Fedora

Get the latest Unzip on Fedora with dnf.

sudo dnf install unzip

OpenSUSE

Set up Unzip on OpenSUSE with zypper.

sudo zypper install unzip

After setting up the Unzip application on your Linux PC, use the CD command to move the terminal session to the “Downloads” directory where you’ve downloaded the Plane icon pack.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, run the commands below to extract the contents of the Plane ZIP files fully.

mkdir -p ~/Downloads/plane-dark

mv PlaneDarkGnomedark-2-20200224214239.0.zip ~/Downloads/plane-dark/
cd ~/Downloads/plane-dark/

unzip PlaneDarkGnomedark-2-20200224214239.0.zip

rm PlaneDarkGnomedark-2-20200224214239.0.zip

or

mkdir -p ~/Downloads/plane

mv PlaneGnome-2.0.zip ~/Downloads/plane/

cd ~/Downloads/plane/
unzip PlaneGnome-2.0.zip

rm PlaneGnome-2.0.zip

Once the extraction is complete, move on to the next section of the guide.

Installing Plane icons

Setting up icon themes on a Linux operating system can be done in two ways. The first way is single-user. Setting up icons as single-user means that only the user that installs the icon theme has access to it. The second way to set up icon themes is system-wide. System-wide means that no matter who installs the icons, everyone on the computer will have access to it and be able to set it as their default icon theme.

In this guide, we’ll be going over how to install the Plane icon theme in both ways. To start the installation, open up a terminal window and follow the command-line instructions below.

Single-user

To install the Plane icon theme as a single-user, you’ll need to start by creating a new folder. This new folder is “.icons” and will house all icon theme files in your home directory. To create the new folder, make use of the following mkdir command. Be sure to use -p switch! It will make the “.icons” folder permissions the same as the home directory.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After creating the new “.icons” folder, use the CD command to move the terminal session to the “Downloads” directory, where the Plane icon files are.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, make use of the mv command to move the theme files to the “.icons” directory. To install the Plane dark icon theme, move the “plane-dark” folder. To install the traditional Plane icons, move the “plane” folder.

mv plane-dark/ ~/.icons
mv plane/ ~/.icons

You can confirm the installation was successful with the ls command.

ls ~/.icons | grep plane

System-wide

To install the Plane icons as system-wide, start by moving to the “Downloads” directory with the CD command below.

cd ~/Downloads

After accessing the “Downloads” directory, elevate the terminal session from a traditional user to the root account using the sudo -s command below.

sudo -s

Once the terminal has root access, run the mv command to install the Plane icons on your computer.

mv plane-dark/ /usr/share/icons/

mv plane/  /usr/share/icons/

Enabling Plane icons

The Plane icon theme is installed on your Linux PC, but you will not be able to use it till it is enabled. To enable the Plane icons on your system, start by opening up the “Settings” window. Once inside of the “Settings” window, look for the “Appearance” or “Icons” area and change the default icon theme to Plane.

Are you having problems setting up Plane as the default icon theme on your Linux PC? Check out the links below to learn how to configure your Linux desktop to use the Plane icons.

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How to install the Plane icon theme on Linux

Plane is a simple, beautiful icon theme for Linux. It uses a flat-like design, and all of the icons are very clean and easy to see. If you’re looking for a clean, flat set of icons for your Linux PC, follow along with this guide to get Plane working on your system!

Downloading Plane icons

To get your hands on the Plane icon theme for Linux, you will need to head over to Gnome-look.org. Once there, find the “Files” tab, and click on it with the mouse to access available files to download.

Inside of the “Files” tab, look through the two icon packs available for download. The first pack is PlaneDarkGnomedark-2-20200224214239.0.zip, and it is the dark version of the icon theme. The second is PlaneGnome-2.0.zip, which is the non-dark theme. Click on the blue button in the “DL” column, followed by the blue “Download” button to save it to your PC.

Extracting Plane icons

The Plane icon themes come packed in ZIP archives. To extract these archives, you will need a terminal window. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, from there, use the commands below to install the Unzip utility, a command-line tool that will help you extract the contents of the Plane archive you downloaded.

Ubuntu

To get Unzip on Ubuntu, run the Apt command.

sudo apt install unzip

Debian

To install Unzip on Debian, run Apt-get.

sudo apt-get install unzip

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, install Unzip with pacman -S.

sudo pacman -S unzip

Fedora

Get the latest Unzip on Fedora with dnf.

sudo dnf install unzip

OpenSUSE

Set up Unzip on OpenSUSE with zypper.

sudo zypper install unzip

After setting up the Unzip application on your Linux PC, use the CD command to move the terminal session to the “Downloads” directory where you’ve downloaded the Plane icon pack.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, run the commands below to extract the contents of the Plane ZIP files fully.

mkdir -p ~/Downloads/plane-dark

mv PlaneDarkGnomedark-2-20200224214239.0.zip ~/Downloads/plane-dark/
cd ~/Downloads/plane-dark/

unzip PlaneDarkGnomedark-2-20200224214239.0.zip

rm PlaneDarkGnomedark-2-20200224214239.0.zip

or

mkdir -p ~/Downloads/plane

mv PlaneGnome-2.0.zip ~/Downloads/plane/

cd ~/Downloads/plane/
unzip PlaneGnome-2.0.zip

rm PlaneGnome-2.0.zip

Once the extraction is complete, move on to the next section of the guide.

Installing Plane icons

Setting up icon themes on a Linux operating system can be done in two ways. The first way is single-user. Setting up icons as single-user means that only the user that installs the icon theme has access to it. The second way to set up icon themes is system-wide. System-wide means that no matter who installs the icons, everyone on the computer will have access to it and be able to set it as their default icon theme.

In this guide, we’ll be going over how to install the Plane icon theme in both ways. To start the installation, open up a terminal window and follow the command-line instructions below.

Single-user

To install the Plane icon theme as a single-user, you’ll need to start by creating a new folder. This new folder is “.icons” and will house all icon theme files in your home directory. To create the new folder, make use of the following mkdir command. Be sure to use -p switch! It will make the “.icons” folder permissions the same as the home directory.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After creating the new “.icons” folder, use the CD command to move the terminal session to the “Downloads” directory, where the Plane icon files are.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, make use of the mv command to move the theme files to the “.icons” directory. To install the Plane dark icon theme, move the “plane-dark” folder. To install the traditional Plane icons, move the “plane” folder.

mv plane-dark/ ~/.icons
mv plane/ ~/.icons

You can confirm the installation was successful with the ls command.

ls ~/.icons | grep plane

System-wide

To install the Plane icons as system-wide, start by moving to the “Downloads” directory with the CD command below.

cd ~/Downloads

After accessing the “Downloads” directory, elevate the terminal session from a traditional user to the root account using the sudo -s command below.

sudo -s

Once the terminal has root access, run the mv command to install the Plane icons on your computer.

mv plane-dark/ /usr/share/icons/

mv plane/  /usr/share/icons/

Enabling Plane icons

The Plane icon theme is installed on your Linux PC, but you will not be able to use it till it is enabled. To enable the Plane icons on your system, start by opening up the “Settings” window. Once inside of the “Settings” window, look for the “Appearance” or “Icons” area and change the default icon theme to Plane.

Are you having problems setting up Plane as the default icon theme on your Linux PC? Check out the links below to learn how to configure your Linux desktop to use the Plane icons.

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How to install the Simply Circles icon theme on Linux

Simply Circles is a monochromatic icon theme for all Linux desktop environments. It sports a basic, circular design and is perfect for those who love the minimalistic look. If you’re interested in using Simply Circles, follow along with this guide!

Downloading Simply Circles

To get your hands on the latest Simply Circles icon theme, you must visit Pling.com. Click here to head over to the Simply Circles page. Then, once on the SimplyCircles page, find the “Files” tab, and click on it with the mouse.

After accessing the “Files” tab, locate “Simply_Circles_Icons.tar.xz” and click on the button in the “DL” column. Upon clicking on the button in the “DL” column, you will see a pop-up message on the screen. This pop-up message is a download link. Select it to download the latest Simply Circles icon theme to your Linux PC.

Extracting Simply Circles

The Simply Circles icon theme cannot be installed on your Linux system in the state that it was downloaded. The reason that it cannot be used is that Simply Circles is distributed in a TarXZ archive. Icon theme files must be extracted from TarXZ archives to work.

To extract the Simply Circle TarXZ archive on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line instructions outlined below.

First, move into the “Downloads” directory with the CD command. The terminal window must be in this folder to extract the Simply Circles archive.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, extraction can begin. Using the tar xvf command to take the theme files out of the “Simply_Circles_Icons.tar.xz” archive.

tar xvf Simply_Circles_Icons.tar.xz

Upon extracting the Simply Circles icon archive, you will see six new folders in the “Downloads” directory. These six folders are different variations of the Simply Circles icon theme.

Installing Simply Circles

The Simply Circles icon theme is installable on any Linux desktop environment that allows users to customize their icon themes. There are two ways of installing the Simply Circles icon theme on Linux. The first method of installation is known as “single-user.” This type of installation makes it so that only the person that installed Simply Circles has access to it. The second type of installation is “system-wide.” System-wide makes it so that all users on the Linux PC have access to the icon theme no matter what. In this guide, we’ll go over both methods of installation.

Single-user

To install the Simply Circles icon theme as a single-user, start by launching a terminal window. Then, with the terminal window open, use the mkdir command to create a new folder with the name of “.icons.” The “.icons” folder will hold all icon theme files, including Simply Circles.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After creating the new “.icons” folder, move the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory using the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, make use of the mv command to install the Simply Circles icon themes into the newly created “.icons” folder in your home directory.

mv Simply-*-Circles ~/.icons

After executing the mv command, run ls on the “.icons” folder to make sure that the folders were successfully installed.

ls ~/.icons | grep Simply

System-wide

To install the Simply Circles icon theme in system-wide mode, do the following. First, open up a terminal window. Then, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory, as the “Downloads” directory has the Simply Circles icon theme files.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, you will need to elevate the permissions of the terminal session from your current user to the root user. Why? Installing Simply Circles in system-wide mode means you must have read/write access to the /usr/share/icons/ directory. Only root has that kind of permissions.

To log into the root account, make use of the sudo -s command. It allows you to elevate the permissions of the terminal without leaving the directory you are in.

sudo -s

With the terminal shell in root mode, use the mv command to install the icon theme files system-wide.

mv Simply-*-Circles /usr/share/icons/

When the installation is complete, run the ls command to confirm the files are in the correct place.

ls /usr/share/themes/ | grep Simply

Enabling Simply Circles

Although the Simply Circles icon theme is set up on your Linux PC, you will not be able to use it, as it is not the default icon theme for your Linux desktop environment.

To change the default icon theme to Simply Circles, open up the “Settings” app. Then, from there, look for “Icons” or “Appearance” and click “Simply Circles” on the list.

Are you having issues changing the default icon theme on your Linux desktop environment to Simply Circles? We can help! Check out the links below! They go over how to change the default icon theme and will help you get Simply Circles working!

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How to highlight the active tab in Chrome

Chrome lets you customize the color of its UI. You can do so freely and it’s a quick way to create a Chrome theme. The customization tool in Chrome allows you to pick one color, and then shades of it are used for the tabs’ bar. It looks good aesthetically but often the active tab is hard to distinguish from the ones in the background tab.

If you’re not particularly attached to a theme, and just want to highlight the active tab in Chrome so that it is much easier to identify, you should use the Black & White theme.

Highlight active tab

The Black & White theme is a Chrome theme (i.e. Google theme) and it is, for the most part, a dark theme featuring black on the tabs’ bar and on the new tab page. For the active tab, it features a nice white color which is easy to distinguish from the black of the background tabs.

Install the Black & White theme from the Chrome Web store. It will modify the look of the browser as soon as it is installed.

This is just one of many themes that you can install to highlight the active tab in Chrome. You can go through the other themes available in the Chrome Web store, some of which are high contrast themes and created for this very purpose.

If the themes that are available don’t do the job, or you’re still attached to the particular color your current theme uses, you can always create your own theme. We mentioned earlier that they are fairly easy to create.

You can create a theme that uses the same color as your current one but have it use either a darker or lighter color for the active tab. The theme won’t install the same way as a theme from the Chrome Web store but it will work the same way.

Changing themes is fairly easy in Chrome but you can only have one theme installed at a time which means if you like to have different themes for morning and evening, you’re going to have to install and uninstall them every day. Keep this in mind when you’re making the theme so that it isn’t too bright to use at night. One trick you can use is, instead of highlighting a tab with a different color, you can highlight the color that the title of the tab is displayed in. The color can be set so that it contrasts against the color of the tab.

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