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Hi I am trying to apply a theme to Pidgin in Windows 7 but cannot find out how. I looked here which tells me to place them in:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\GTK\2.0\share\themes

but that didn't work, so I tried:


To no avail. Where do I put them or is there a plugin to do this? The option appears to be available in preferences but iI don't know where to put them so it can detect them.

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Have you tried restarting the app after putting the themes in the folder? Sometimes, applications only scan certain plugins or themes folders when they are started.

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tried this to no avail – Jonno_FTW Sep 7 '09 at 11:11
Awfully strange behavior, in this case... – alex Sep 7 '09 at 11:15
Doesn't work for me. If I choose any theme other than MS-Windows, I get a generic bland gray theme. – Josh Nov 12 '10 at 5:32

Thanks for the last update. Got me in the right direction.

However for Pidgin Portable, one needs to follow Look at the more detailed instructions in the message thread below the main explanation.

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The instructions you use are speaking about the GTK theme, which only affects the buttons/menus/other controls. (And the GTK theme is set in ~/.gtkrc-2.0 in case you want to change that too.)

Smiley themes should be installed to ~/.purple/smileys/ (%AppData%\.purple\smileys\)

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I am using Windows. This does does not work. – Jonno_FTW Sep 8 '09 at 13:18

As Jesse alludes to, your gtkrc is found in C:\Program Files\pidgin\gtk\etc\gtk-2.0 according to the What is a gtkrc file and where can I find it? FAQ entry.

See also: How do I change to look and feel?

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I know this question is years old, but I stubmled across it recently. Here is a newer tutorial that uses Windows 7 and Pidgin 2.7.9 (which does not come with the GTK stuff installed)

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