# Using a theme in pidgin in windows

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:

C:\Users\Jonathan\AppData\Roaming\.purple\GTK\2.0\share\themes


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 http://portableapps.com/node/23728 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.

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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)

http://www.techjawa.com/2010/11/02/guide-theme-pidgin-in-windows-updated/

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