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Is there a way to change the appearance and theme settings of the rpi through the command line or by editing a file? I do not want to use the UI options that you can access through the rpi desktop. Ideally, I want a series of commands I can run in a .sh file (or a file I can programmatically edit) so when I'm formatting a new SD card I can automatically set the theme/appearance without having to click around to make changes manually.

Some changes I would like to make include making the desktop menu bar autohide, removing wastebasket from the desktop, changing the theme background and foreground colors, etc.

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  • Gut feel is that you are going to have to re-create these by going through the source github.com/RPi-Distro and working out what they do :-( It may be simpler to config a clean box and clone it or try to pull the X11 config files off. – user115418 Oct 15 '20 at 12:53
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The questioner answered his question within the question. Here is it to have a correct answer.

As suggested, I ended up going through rpi files until I found the config files I was looking for. For reference /.config/ directory includes all the appearance-related files where /.config/lxsession gives you access to the colors and themes for the system and /.config/lxpanel gives you access to the desktop menu bar. In those directories I edited the relevant .config files.

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