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Changing The Desktop Theme
You can change the theme of your desktop. Just open the System menu on your upper panel and go to Preferences > Appearance. Make sure you are in the Theme tab and click on the theme box you like and that theme will be immediately implemented.
Modifying and Combining Themes
You can combine aspects of different themes. In the Appearance menu click on the Customize button and you can set what themes you want to have for Controls, Colors, Window Border, Icons and Pointer placed in different tabs of the menu.
Installing New Themes
You can visit GNOME-Look and download different theme files. Just drag and drop the theme file into the Appearance menu and choose to install the theme.
Using a Custom Main Menu Icon
You can set your own icon as the Main Menu icon displayed in the GNOME panel.
Press Alt+F2, enter gconf-editor ino the text field and click on Run. On the sidebar of Configuration Editor navigate to apps > panel > objects. Under objects, you'll see a series of folders named object_0, object_1, object_2, etc... Find the folder with variable called tooltip set to Main Menu.
In this folder, enable the variable use_custom_icon by placing a check in the box placed to its left. Then, double-click on the custom_icon variable and enter the full location of your image file into the text field.
Finally, you will need to restart GNOME to see the change. You can do this by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Backspace. Be aware that you will lose all your running applications on top of GNOME.