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Make Google Earth Use GTK

Google Earth doesn’t use your GTK theme by default and as such tends to look like a Windows 95 reject!

The command below will make Google Earth use GTK – matching the rest of your desktop!

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Before & After

Simply open a terminal and type: -

  • googleearth -style GTK+

You should now see a Google Earth that actually matches your theme!

This tip only works with Jaunty. If you’re using Intrepid, you can still get it looking more familiar by issuing: -

  • googleearth -style cleanlooks

which will use the default human theme, like so:

To make Google Earth start use GTK by default simply edit your shortcut/launcher replacing the text in the ‘command’ field with the command given above.