Colour combination makes qt tooltips unreadable in Unity

Bug #1332100 reported by Tony Houghton on 2014-06-19
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I'm not sure if I'm reporting this against the right package, but I tried to use kdevelop in the Unity environment and couldn't read its tooltips because the text is white on a pale yellow background. I can't find any way to change this. I tried qtconfig, but the Tune Palette button is disabled for the default GUI Style, and has no effect if I change the style to something else eg GTK+. However, qtconfig does overwrite my gtk3 settings.ini with one that makes all menus appear with black text on a dark grey background!

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: light-themes 14.04+14.04.20140410-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-29.53-generic
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-29-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Thu Jun 19 14:59:55 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-06-13 (5 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 (20140417)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: ubuntu-themes
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Tony Houghton (h-realh) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Mark Edgington (edgimar) wrote :

This is addressed here:

In short, a workaround (until this is fixed) involves:

1. install unity-tweak-tool: sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
2. run the tool, and modify the theme to something else ("Highcontrast" and "Adwaita" themes work for me).

Also in the askubuntu link above, it is mentioned that you can manually tweak aspects of individual themes by making modifications to files within /usr/share/themes. This might be more work, but allows you to use your preferred theme.

Mark Edgington (edgimar) wrote :

A better workaround than manually modifying files in /usr/share/themes is to install and use the gnome-color-chooser tool. See the askubuntu link in comment #3 for details.

samquad (samquad) wrote :

I have also a theme problem.
Ubuntu 14.04 64bits.
After testing environment kubuntu I removed kubuntu desktop because I prefer unity .
I use applications like gwenview using KDE dependencies in ubuntu desktop unity .
I uninstalled KDE , but since I have problems in my display unity with the environment theme ambiance was certainly modified by installing KDE:
- The menu at the top right (to stop the pc or close the session)have the text black on a dark background
-The Icons that represent files in file explorer are those of kde .

Here is a link to the screenshot of my screen unity copy:

I tried to reapply the ambiance default theme with Unity Tweak Tool but it changes nothing.

Can you help me to correctly reset the ambiance theme of unity .

Tony Houghton (h-realh) wrote :

@samquad A similar thing happened to me a few months ago. IIRC KDE had changed either ~/.gtkrc-20 or the GTK3 equivalent in ~/.config/gtk-3.0/ (I can't remember the full filename, I'm writing this from a Mac). Just delete the problem file or remove/change KDE's modifications.

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