Highlighting the active tab in GNOME terminal

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source: http://harts.net/reece/2013/02/26/highlighting-the-active-tab-in-gnome-terminal/

In recent iterations of GNOME terminal, the active tab is nearly indistinguishable from the inactive ones. That makes it harder to navigate when you’ve got a bunch of terminals open simultaneously. Fortunately, GNOME uses a modified CSS scheme to control theme appearance, and that makes it easy to highlight an active tab. Here’s how.

  • Create (or edit) ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css. Add these lines:
@define-color ubuntu_orange #fb9267;
 
TerminalWindow .notebook tab:active {
 background-color: shade(@ubuntu_orange,1.1);
}

Then, exit all open terminals, and then open a new terminal and create a tab.

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