April 17, 2013

Clearer Active Tab in Gnome 3 Terminal

Filed under: Uncategorized — mifan @ 7:56 am

I use Gnome on Ubuntu 12.10 and use Gnome terminal as the main terminal. A common issue I faced is the lack of clarity of the active/open tab amongst many tabs open in the terminal window. I use the Ambience theme that comes as default.

A simple fix for this is to create a style in Gnome 3:
Create a gtk.css file as follows, if it doesn’t exist

vim ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

Add the following to the file – you can change the color value to any color as required.

TerminalWindow .notebook tab:active {
background-color: #CC6600;

And now you’ve got an active tab that is much more visible

Gnome terminal with custom active tab

Gnome terminal with custom active tab

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