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Old 03-31-2005, 04:29 PM   #1
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How to make OpenOffice 2.0 (beta) KDE theme-aware

For some of you, OpenOffice 2.0 (beta) doesn't use your selected KDE theme (i.e., plastik, lipstik, keramik.)

Although Openoffice 2.0 looks better than previous OO versions, it draws its widgets from GTK, not QT which is used by KDE.

How do you make Openoffice 2.0 use your KDE style?

Install the GTK-QT Engine. The GTK-QT Theme Engine is a project allowing GTK to use Qt widget styles. It behaves like a normal GTK theme engine, but calls functions from Qt instead
of doing the drawing itself. It is not 100%, but it will make your GTK-based app look virtually the same as a KDE app, using your style. It's very good. App icons, however, might not (will not?) reflect your KDE icons. Oh well. It's still cool.

It might be available in your OS's repositories (RPMS), such as with Mandrake or PClinuxOS, or I suppose you can install from source. Just google it. In any case, the GTK-QT Engine seems to be the best solution right now, unless OpenOffice 2.0 will be made in a KDE-Integrated version, which might take a while.

Once you install the GTK-QT Engine, you might have log out and back in (maybe twice) in order for the changes to take full effect.

I hope this helps. Enjoy.
Old 04-01-2005, 09:51 PM   #2
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The only problem with the KDE versions of openoffice is that they were usually a point release behind the official releases, so using the gtk-qt engine is the best solution for those that like to be on the bleeding edge.


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