My system is openSUSE 42.1 with Plasma 5.

I have some GTK applications installed as well, and I'm experiencing a rather annoying behaviour from them.

Namely, the tooltips of these apps are almost unreadable, being white text over light grey background, as you can see on the picture

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I can't find where and how to change this setting; only non-KDE apps are affected, and not all of them: Gimp, Inkscape, Filezilla are amongst them, while Firefox, Libreoffice, Handbrake display the tooltips in a readable way.


2 Answers 2


The issue is due to a partial override of GTK colors by means of KDE style.

Open System Settings > Colors, deselect Apply colors to non-Qt applications, restart the GTK application (e.g. Gimp). This breaks the feeling that all applications share the same style but tooltips will be again readable in both Qt and GTK applications.


I have the same issue in Linuc Mint KDE edition. Luckily I found an answer at the ArchLinux wiki:

To change the colors in GTK2 applications, find the section for tooltips in the .gtkrc-2.0 file and change it. For GTK3 application two files need to be changed, gtk.css and settings.ini.

Source: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/KDE

  • I did find .gtkrc-2.0 (and a ~/.config/gtkrc-2.0), but it did not have a tooltips section, though it did say include "/usr/share/themes/Breeze/gtk-2.0/gtkrc" & include "/etc/gtk-2.0/gtkrc" of which only the former refers to tooltips, with gtk-color-scheme = "tooltip_fg_color:#fcfcfc" & gtk-color-scheme = "tooltip_bg_color:#31363b". Would putting those in my own file with updated values have the desired effect?
    – PJTraill
    Dec 16, 2018 at 15:29

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