In this article we will understand how to make Windows 11 look like Ubuntu. Windows 11 offers many inbuilt customization options enabling you to change wallpaper, accent colors, fonts, and even the style of the icons. Even after making these changes you may not get Windows 11 to look anything like Linux.
Ubuntu is considered to be more attractive, there are many Linux distros that offer distinct design style and user interface. Few tricks using third party software makes Windows 11 look nice and shiny as Ubuntu.
Create a System Restore Point
Best practice before you start a project like this is to create a system restore point. This will help you restore back in case you face a problem while customizing the UI and adding themes. It will take you a few minutes to complete this process but will save hours of your frustration if anything goes wrong.
Quick Way to Make Windows 11 Look Like Ubuntu
Windows 11 has a number of great, intuitive themes you can use. These themes take the time and energy out of customizing your appearance. But these themes may be pricey.
There are some great Ubuntu skin packs on DeviantArt and Skinpacks.com. These usually come with clear instructions on installation. The price is usually between $4.99 and $9.99, so it’s not too hefty of a cost.
Make Windows 11 Look Like Ubuntu – DIY MethodYou can make Windows 11 look like Ubuntu without spending any money. The method uses a different style-an attempt to make it look like one of the Ubuntu variations, not like a default install.
Change the Accent Color
Ubuntu uses a core set of colors as mentioned on its official Ubuntu website.
- Open Settings > Personalization > Colors, and scroll down to Accent Color.
- Set the Accent Color to Manual and click View Colors.
- In the accent color picker, click on More and then enter #E95420 in the hexadecimal field.
- Click Done.
- Back in the Colors settings, make sure Transparency Effects are On.
You can also switch to Dark Mode, it looks similar to the current version of Ubuntu.
Hide the Desktop Icons
To disable the desktop icons, right-click anywhere on the desktop and go to View > Show Desktop Icons. Once this is desisted, your apps are hidden. You can get them back by repeating this process if you need to.
Change the Mouse Cursor
Download the Ubuntu Cursors pack and extract the files from the compressed folder. The change is minor but will help you get Windows 11 to look like Ubuntu.
- Open Settings > Bluetooth & device > Mouse > Additional mouse settings.
- Select the Pointers tab, and with Normal Select highlighted, click Browse.
- Navigate to the extracted Ubuntu Cursors folder, select the Ubuntu Normal Select cursor.
- Click Open.
- Repeat this for all the other mouse cursors, then click Apply.
Customize the PowerShell Font and Color
Ubuntu uses a particular font and color scheme, which can be applied to PowerShell. Download their font from the Ubuntu website, extract it to a folder, and apply it to Windows using droplets or GPO settings.
- Open Settings > Personalization > Fonts.
- Select all the font files in the extracted folder, and drag them into the fonts window.
- Now open PowerShell. You can just search for it in Windows Search.
- Right-click on the top bar and select Properties from the menu.
- In the Font tab, select Ubuntu Mono.
- In the Colors tab, select Screen Text and change the color to White.
- Select Screen Background and change the RBG values to 94, 39, and 80.
- Click Ok and close PowerShell.
Hide the Taskbar
There are two ways to deal with the windows taskbar: the quick and easy way, or the more complete way.
One way to avoid the taskbar is to open settings and set them so it will be hidden automatically. You can still have access if you need it, but it won’t be on your screen spoiling the look of Ubuntu.
For more detailed work, you will need a bit of software: Taskbar Hider.
- Download the program version relevant to you (32-bit or 64-bit) and extract the file.
- Double-click the program file to run it, and choose the hotkey you want to use.
- You can also set it to automatically hide the Taskbar when Windows starts up.
- Click Ok, and then press the hotkey you chose to hide the Taskbar.
Your taskbar can be restored to Ubuntu form by sliding it up to the top of the screen with Taskbar11.
- Download the Linkbar file and then right-click it and select Extract all.
- Double-click on the Linkbar64 file, and choose who can use it: everyone or just you).
- You have to select a folder. This is where items you add to the link bar will be stored.
- Click Apply.
- Right-click in the Linkbar and choose Settings.
- Change the color to Black.
- Set the Position on screen option to Left and the Order of shortcuts to Up to down.
- To add items to the Linkbar, right-click on it and choose New > Shortcut.
- Click Browse
- Find the app you want to add. You can select a shortcut to the app or the app .exe file.
- Repeat this for all apps you want to add.
Change the Desktop Wallpaper
Windows 11 can be made to look like Ubuntu in a relatively short amount of time by changing the wallpaper. There are lots of suitable wallpapers available online that use the recognizable purple and orange Ubuntu color scheme. Our favorite collection can be found at Wallpaper Access.
Install WSL and Ubuntu
To get the full Ubuntu experience, it is recommended that you install WSL.
- Open PowerShell as an Administrator and type: wsl – install.
- Download and install Ubuntu from the Microsoft Store. This may take a while as it is around 600MB.
- Once it is installed, you can open Ubuntu from the Start Menu. You can also place a shortcut to it in the Linkbar.
- A terminal window will open, allowing you to enter Linux commands as if your Windows computer was a Ubuntu computer.
Revert to Windows 11 Default Style
If you created a restore point at the beginning and Windows isn’t working correctly, you can use system restore. If not, start over with your previous settings.
- Uninstall software such as the Linkbar and Taskbar Hider.
- Change the accent color to whatever you prefer.
- Change the mouse pointer back to default.
- Unhide the desktop icons.
- Revert the PowerShell style back to default.
The process for uninstalling individual themes and packs can vary – see the instructions for each. Usually you can in Add or Remove Programs and check the instructions for the individual theme or skin pack for additional uninstall advice.
Make Windows Look Like Ubuntu Linux
To make Windows 11 look more like Ubuntu, you can create the skin pack yourself. All you need is a little free software and some minor style changes.