Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've selected a window theme from the "Advanced Settings" in Linux Mint 12 which seems to be corrupted and I've lost everything on my desktop. I can't start any applications but I can open the terminal by right clicking on the desktop and selecting "Open in Terminal" but I am a Linux newbie and I don't how to use it.

It would help me much if you can answer only one of the two questions bellow:

  • How to start the "Advanced Settings" from the console?
  • How to revert to the default window theme using the console?

Please keep in mind that I've got the problem when I changed the "Window Theme" not the "Shell Theme" in the Themes tab in the "Advanced Settings"

share|improve this question
Which desktop manager is this, gnome? – Kevin Mar 30 '12 at 17:52

If you are using the default Linux Mint, you're using the GNOME Desktop Environment and you should be able to bring up the settings app with this command:


Once there, change your theme back to a working one.

share|improve this answer

You should be able to start the "Advanced Settings" program with the gnome-tweak-tool command.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.