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In Eclipse on Fedora, these controls/widgets take up too much space:

Eclipse Fedora screenshot

How can I make those bars thinner with a gtk-rc file or GTK3 CSS theming?

UPDATED : I found https://github.com/jeeeyul/eclipse-themes this plugin have some builtin configurations and options makes eclipse 4.2/4.3 much more nicer.

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GTK3 and Gnome3 made Eclipse pretty much unusable on tiny screens. The new tab and toolbar sizes are a desaster. It shows how much the Gnome3 crowd lives in the world of arts where toolbar buttons much work for touch screens. :-( –  Anony-Mousse Dec 23 '12 at 16:45

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The default GNOME3 themes are a disaster for tiny screens. However, the Gnome3 crowd seems to be pretty unwilling to listen to their users. They only think of how stuff looks, in particular on a tablet PC.

Anyway, the best solution I have found is to switch the theme to the XFCE themes. On Ubuntu and Debian you should be able to install them via aptitude install gtk3-engines-xfce gtk2-engines-xfce. Then you can use the gnome-tweak-tool to change the theme. I'm currently using XFCE-orange theme, and it has much less padding than the default Gnome3 desaster "Adwaita". Plus, it doesn't use that depressing black for half of the applications! I think the tooltips in Eclipse were also broken with Adwaita.

I'm slowly switching from Gnome3 to XFCE on my computers, one after another. Because Gnome3 keeps on getting less and less useful for me, as I'm not your average "joe clueless" user that the Gnome3 people consider to be their only audience. I'm fed up with them breaking things for me. Now they've just announced to discontinue the panel which I'm using instead of the broken by design gnome-shell.

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Hm, I turned to elementary os for days. It works pretty fine, in spite of some outofdate apps(svn,emacs,gnu globa,etc) elementaryos.org –  jilen Dec 24 '12 at 2:34
    
I'd stick with the well maintained stuff. Ubuntu and Debian bring e.g. LXDE and XFCE out of the box. When annoyed by the Gnome paternalism, the last to turn to is another group of "we know better than you what you need"-evangelists. I want choice to do things my way (e.g. use eclipse on a small screen). –  Anony-Mousse Dec 24 '12 at 11:13
    
Yes, Stable stuff means much more to me. –  jilen Jul 29 '13 at 15:05

Can you also use / convert GTK2 themes? If so, I highly recommend Martin Ankerl's nice compact version of Clearlooks.

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I used this, but it makes menu item too narrow. I really want to reduce the places i point out in the figure above –  jilen Dec 16 '11 at 12:05

You can install a new eclipse theme. I know "extended VS presentation" which is a very minimalistic theme. Check out: http://andrei.gmxhome.de/skins/index.html

Additionally you can install a fullscreen plugin which gives you some little extra space. Check it out here: http://www.scharf.gr/eclipse/fullscreen/update/

Also the thing you have on the bottom, left and right, you can just click and drag it to the top into the same toolbar (so in the end you just have one). If they do not fit in (depending on your screen resolution), go into Window->Customize Perspecitve... and turn them off.

This is what it looks like (without fullscreen). I'm also using editbox plugin.

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See this solution, it works perfectly on Linux Mint 16 Petra 64

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1465712

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Eclipse chrome theme have font size, corner size options. It works with eclipse 4.x https://github.com/jeeeyul/eclipse-themes

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This plugin makes eclipse much better with gnome –  jilen Feb 11 at 8:47

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