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I've noticed that all the themes leave me with those large gray/metal window borders, which I really don't like.

How can I edit this, and why do most themes simply change how the taskbar looks?

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Have you looked at the "Other Settings" tab in the Cinnamon Settings -> Themes dialog? It allows you to select some other options for how the borders/buttons look. That said, I don't find any of the other options better. – Ash Jan 14 '13 at 10:21
I'm embarrassed now, thanks a lot... – jcora Jan 14 '13 at 11:23
I actually remember being there a couple of weeks ago, also, if you would add your comment as an answer that'd be great. – jcora Jan 14 '13 at 11:24
Sure. There's also the option of downloading entirely new themes, some of which drastically alter the appearance. I found one (FiftyWays?) that looked good as a test for answering this question, but I just couldn't get the thing to install no matter where I put it. Oh well. – Ash Jan 14 '13 at 11:52
up vote 8 down vote accepted

In the Cinnamon Settings -> Themes dialog, there is an "Other Settings" tab. On this tab you can set things such as Window theme (appearance of borders) and Icon theme.

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I can't find the "Other Settings" tab on Themes dialog. I am using Mint 17.1 Rebecca – green Mar 14 '15 at 2:18
@green: I just spun up a VM, it looks like the Themes dialog itself now has the options (there are dropdowns to change Window Borders, Icons, etc). – Ash Mar 15 '15 at 4:43
Yes, it looks for any folder under /usr/share/themes and ~/.themes that has metacity configuration folder for borders and controls. – green Mar 15 '15 at 7:28

Yes . This works.You need to download the themes first online. There are plenty.I used Mint-xp. Once themes are downloaded you can use path menu-->system settings--> Themes--> other settings--> change window border and control. You will get the look you desire. Thanks.

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