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Chapter 6. Customizing Your Desktop (or ... > Is That a Theme or a Motif?

Is That a Theme or a Motif?

Not a musical theme, but a desktop theme. A theme is a collection of buttons, decorations, colors, backgrounds, and so on, preselected and packaged to give your desktop a finished and coherent look. Some themes even incorporate sounds (for startup, shutdown, opening and closing program windows, etc.) into the whole package. It can be a lot of fun.

Then we have styles, which are sort of like themes but not as all-encompassing. Styles tend to concentrate on window decorations and behavior, as well as widgets. Widgets are things like radio buttons, check boxes, combo boxes (drop-down lists), sliders, tabs, and so on.


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