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, 2013 at 10:21
  • 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 11:52

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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
    – Gelin Luo
    Mar 14, 2015 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, 2015 at 4:43
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    Yes, it looks for any folder under /usr/share/themes and ~/.themes that has metacity configuration folder for borders and controls.
    – Gelin Luo
    Mar 15, 2015 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.

  • Borderless seems all the rage now, but Windows 8 still has visible ones to grab. Nov 30, 2021 at 4:32

If you have installed custom theme (e.g. Windows-10-master) to /home/username/.themes and don't see it in Window borders, enable it using terminal:

sudo gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.wm.preferences theme Windows-10-master

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