Tip: Getting a Coloured Desktop Background in Zorin OS

15 February, 2023

When I test drove Zorin OS Core in 2022, something that mildly vexed me was that I couldn’t change the background of the desktop from an image to a solid colour.

But, as always with Linux, there’s a workaround. Like the one I discovered in this post in the Zorin OS forum. Here’s what to do:

Crack open a terminal window, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri ""

That removes the wallpaper. To change the desktop background to a more pleasing colour, find a colour picker app (whether online or on the desktop), and get the hex code for the colour you prefer — for example, #3a79bc.

Then, copy and paste this command into a terminal window:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background primary-color 'your-hex-code'

Replace your-hex-code with the code from the colour picker app. Here’s an example:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background primary-color '#3a79bc'

Scott Nesbitt