Nemo Desktop | Change Focus Item Appearance

Since Zorin Desktop Icons and Nautilus are not working with copy/paste option I am using Nemo Desktop. But whenever I click an icon it becomes focused with white background and white text color. How can I change this behaviour/appearance withouth changing Zorin Dark Grey theme?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Here a video showing my issue

Ctrl + C (copy)
Ctrl + X (cut)
Ctrl + V (paste)

Don't work for you ???

Absolutely not, I wish it worked.

That is weird. Is the hdd/ssd set to read only ?

To be honest I don't know. Anyway whenever I try to CTRL+C/CTRL+V from desktop to Nautilus and from Nautilus to desktop it just does nothing. Nor the copy/paste option works as I described in another thread.

CTRL+X/CTRL+V doesn't work either

Can you open two different folders and copy and paste between each other? Not directly to/from the desktop but rather between two different open folders (one can be desktop but as long as it’s open as a folder).

Yes it would be horrible if I couldn't do that :joy: copy/paste works perfectly from/to a folder and another in nautilus and it works when desktop folder is opened in Nautilus. It just doesn't work when copying from Nautilus and pasting to desktop or vice versa. I can also drag and drop and it works but copy/paste and ctrl+c/ctrl+v are not working.

Summary:

:x: copy/paste from desktop to Nautilus doesn't work;
:x: copy/paste from Nautilus to desktop doesn't work;
:x: ctrl+c/ctrl+v and ctrl+x/ctrl+v from desktop to Nautilus doesn't work;
:x: ctrl+c/ctrl+v and ctrl+x/ctrl+v from Nautilus to desktop doesn't work;
:white_check_mark: copy/paste from Nautilus to Nautilus works
:white_check_mark: drag and drop works everywhere

Seems to be similar to my issue when I replaced Thunar with Nemo as default on XFCE DE.
One solution is posted here: Zorin 16 Lite good for Asus H97m-e? - #7 by Aravisian
but I don’t know if it is what you’re looking for.

PS - the very next post on that thread I linked also has a link to another thread where I had installed Nemo a different way. Not sure if that helps either.

Thank you I'll give it a try asap. But to be clear: when using nemo-desktop (as I am doing now) everything is working fine with copy paste. With nemo-desktop I can copy paste from Nautilus to desktop and vice versa with no problem. This is why I am using it. If only I could fix the focused item white background as explained in the first message of the thread it would be awesome.

Anyway thanks for your help guys and happy holidays :tada:

Update for anyone interested.

I managed to write some CSS and fix the desktop icons without changing zorin grey dark theme. The result is awesome! You can see it here:

If anyone want to reproduce it please just follow these steps:

  1. Open the ~/config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css file (create it if it doesn't exist)

  2. write these lines

.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item {
    text-shadow: 0px 0px 2px #000000, 2px 2px 3px #000000;
}

.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item:hover {
    text-shadow: 0px 0px 2px #000000, 2px 2px 3px #000000;
    background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.2);
}


.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item:selected {
    text-shadow: 0px 0px 2px #000000, 2px 2px 3px #000000;
    background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5);
}
  1. open terminal and run
pkill nemo-desktop
  1. now run
nemo-desktop

and you're done.

Thanks for your help!

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Update 2

I managed to find the Zorin Desktop Icon Extension stylesheet and get some code frome there to have the most similar experience with nemo-desktop.

Now my gtk.css looks like this:

.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item {
    text-shadow: 0px 1.5px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.85);
    color: white;
    font-weight: 600;
    padding: 4px;
    border-radius: 8px;
}

.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item:hover {
    text-shadow: 0px 1.5px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.85);
    color: white;
    font-weight: 600;
    padding: 4px;
    border-radius: 8px;
    background-color: rgba(238, 238, 238, 0.2);
}


.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item:selected {
    text-shadow: 0px 1.5px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.85);
    color: white;
    font-weight: 600;
    padding: 4px;
    border-radius: 8px;
    background-color: rgba(238, 238, 238, 0.6);
}

.nemo-desktop.view .entry,
.nemo-desktop.view .entry:active,
.nemo-desktop.view .entry:focus,
.nemo-desktop.view .entry:backdrop {
    text-shadow: 0px 1.5px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.85);
    color: white;
    background-color: rgba(238, 238, 238, 0.6);
    padding: 4px;
    border-radius: 8px;
}

.nemo-desktop.view .entry:selected,
.nemo-desktop.view .entry:focus:selected,
.nemo-desktop.view .entry:backdrop:selected {
    text-shadow: 0px 1.5px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.85);
    color: white;
    font-weight: 600;
    padding: 4px;
    border-radius: 8px;
    background-color: rgba(238, 238, 238, 0.6);
}

Results can be seen here:

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Great work Desktop-Not-Working! I am no coder (and never intend to be!)

Thanks! I'm not a coder too but I like to get things working :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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