Sunday, February 21, 2010

Edit your AWN theme to get the perfect dock

I admit, people have varied tastes and choices. But I guess this is a setting which most users will like.

I had recently come across this thread on Ubuntuforums, and it featured a really beautiful dock designed by Tipped OuT. The thing which I loved about the dock was it had the perfect colour combination. It was grey-ish without being too grey or white-ish without being too white. Hence, even if you have a completely white/very bright coloured wallpaper, the dock will still stay, lets say 'in focus'.

But the problem with the dock is that it has sharp edges to it, which I'm not really a fan of. I like the classy rounded edges to a dock. Take a look at how the theme looks on my desktop.

And this is how the default AWN theme looks (with the 3D effect):

If you look closely, you'll find that the second image has a better polish to the dock, but the colour isnt exactly what I'd call breathtaking.

Since I cant force the developer into producing a theme of my choice, what I did was replicate the exact colours and effects to resemble this new dock theme which is near-perfect, the default AWN theme.

(Of course you'll need AWN installed. If you dont have it installed, you should click here for a guided installation procedure for AWN)

I have for your benefit, made an AWN theme package (with a few tweaks of course) which resembles this dock but has rounded edges.

The modified AWN theme can be downloaded from here :


After downloading the file, open the AWN Manager and install the theme (click on Add and simply locate the file you have just downloaded and Apply the theme):

After applying the theme, it should look like this:

Do let me know how you like it.


(Wallpaper used is from


  1. hi there,,,

    i would like to ask something,,
    how to change the icon startup on the top-left panel??



  2. that can be changed by installing any icon theme.
    gnome-look is a great destination for some really great icon themes:

    you can install the theme from the Appearances option.