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Google Shell +Dark +3.2 by plaidcounty Google Shell +Dark +3.2 by plaidcounty
I've been attracted to the new look of and all the web apps in their arsenal. So I figured it should make a pretty good looking gnome-shell theme. Hope you like it!

I included the switches from 0rAX0's Nord theme because they're just so easy on the eyes and I couldn't find any "switches" on google's apps.


Put the 'Google-Shell' folder inside ~/.themes and use a theme-selector extension to select it. OR, backup your /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme folder and replace everything inside it with this theme, press ALT+F2 and type 'rt' or 'r'

In case some of you don't like the orange in the message tray, here's a fix:

Replace lines 1214 & 1215 (1215 & 1216 for dark) with:

background-color: white;

in the gnome-shell.css file.

You also need \'Droid Sans\' or 'Open Sans' fonts.

*NEW* I've included a darker overview theme for darker tastes. Just backup the original files and overwrite with the dark files!

Preview of Dark Theme: [link]



V 1.1

-Changed Overview to a dark shade instead of light.

-Added texture to bottom panel, dash, workspaces, modals, and search results.

-Changed Workspace Switcher Arrows.

-Minor tweaks to padding and App-hover.

V 1.2 26Sep11

-New Preview Image!

-Fixed inconsistency with hover and select border on panel.

-Shrunk images to reduce package size.

-Open Sans added as alternative font.

-Fixed 'invisible time' in calendar popup.

-Changed App-Well font color.

V 1.3.2 28Sep11

-Extended Workspace and Modal background for larger resolutions and workspace switcher.

-Included Dark Theme and instructions.

V 1.3.3 28Sep11

-Changed Overview Close-Window image to represent 'Chrome' close-tab button.

V 1.4 02Oct11

-Fixed Overview and Search Results unreadable lettering.

-Now Compliant with gnome-shell 3.2. Yay!

V 1.5 15Oct11

-Really actually reworked to comply with gnome 3.2. No more freezing!

V 1.5.1 19Oct11

-Fixed Running App effect.
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pycrasn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Your theme has some problems in gnome 3.6: apps are not correctly displayed in the overview ([link]) and in the notification bar ([link])
plaidcounty Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sorry, I've been away for a long time. I never updated any of my themes after 3.2. Maybe someone else can take up where I left off but I'm most likely not going to update them.
Sostice-Eireann Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Which icon set did you use? what would go well with this should I download it, and is it suitable for a Samsung N150 Netbook?
plaidcounty Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I used this theme on a netbook; worked for me! I use a hybrid of faience. I install the faience icon set but delete the apps folder inside the theme. Then I just use the generic gnome theme.
archaeobibliologist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hi. I'm new to Gnome Shell, and I was wondering how you got "Power Off..." to show in your username menu. Mine only has options to Log Out.
plaidcounty Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's no problem. It shows up when you hold the "Alt" key. You can also have it show all the time by installing the alternate menu extension along with the extension-common and gnome-tweak-tool. You can google more about it or look it up on
archaeobibliologist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh thanks! :bow:
plaidcounty Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
no problem
DexFrost Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
I love this shell theme, I think it's genius. But every time I insert an external hard drive, I can't read the writing in the dialogue that shows up. Is there a way to make that darker?
plaidcounty Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Could you post a screenshot? It'll help me know exactly what you mean... Thanks for the compliment!
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