Elementary OS newbie here. I'm loving it so far! I've messed with the themes some what and I now have my notification background black and the text black. Makes it hard to see :(. I'm searching for the settings file to alter either the background color or the textColor.

Any insights? I've tried altering /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0/apps.css but not having any luck there. It may just be my lack of css knowledge.


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This is how I fixed it:

In Terminal, run

sudo nano /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0/apps.css

This brings up an editor. Under the Gala section, add:

.gala-notification GtkLabel {
    color: #fff;

Save, log out and back in.

More info in Switchboard Desktop Plug bug #1459530.


Instead of trying to figure out, which CSS value is messed up, you could easily reinstall the elementary theme:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall elementary-theme

Don't forget to restart/relogin afterwards.

  • Tried this to no avail. I'm using the dark theme and notifications are still dark on dark. :( Aug 15, 2015 at 0:21
  • 2
    @TylerHarris the dark theme is not meant to be used as main theme, that's the reason some things don't look right.
    – Rafael
    Sep 15, 2015 at 18:29

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