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How to change the look of the login screen in Ubuntu

Would you like to change the default Ubuntu login screen. Although you don’t spend much time in front of the login screen, since you can change every aspect of Ubuntu window screens, why not customize the login screen too?

In order to change the look of the login screen in Ubuntu, you can either use the command line or the GUI.

Changing the look of the login screen in Ubuntu with command line

Let’s first see how you can use the command line. Open the terminal window in Ubuntu (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and execute the following command:

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow

Nothing directly happens when you execute this command. You need to logout after this. When you are back at the login screen you are presented with the same window that you get at System -> Preferences -> Appearance

This is the window you can use to completely change the look of the Ubuntu login screen.

After this you can enter your login details and login successfully. You will encounter the “Appearance” screen every time you login and you may not want that. Execute the following command in the terminal window to stop that from happening:

sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop

Changing the Ubuntu login screen look using the GUI

In order to change the look of the Ubuntu login screen using the GUI you need to install Ubuntu-Tweak first. In order to install it you need to run the following three commands in the Terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

The first command that adds the repository gives a problem sometimes, so you may like to add it using the Synaptic Package Manager. Open it (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager), click Settings and Repositories. Click the “Other Software” and then the “Add…” button. You can add ppa:tualatrix/ppa.

Come back to the main Synaptic Package Manager screen and then click Reload. Somehow in the Synaptic Package Manager ubuntu-tweak doesn’t show up when you search for it. If it shows up well and good and if it doesn’t you can come back to the Terminal window and execute the third command:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

This should install Ubuntu-tweak on your computer and using this GUI you can easily change the way your Ubuntu login screen looks. In order to launch this application just go to Applications and then System Tools.