Make Inkscape UI completely dark except the document [closed]

I went here and got myself the Inkscape Dark theme. I’m on 0.92, Windows x64.

However, I see that the vast area on the screen (not sure what it’s called), where the document is placed, is still white. I’d like it to be dark like Illustrator—everything except the document should be dark.

Is it possible? I tried to look for the element in gtkrc, but couldn’t find it—very new to Inkscape, as well as GTK.

This is what it currently looks like.

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I have a similar dark theme. Unfortunately, the background colour of the pasteboard is not styleable separately from the colour of the page. You can use File > Document Properties and “Background Colour” option to set a different colour, but it affects both the pasteboard and the page.

There is a workaround however. If you change the background to a grey colour in the Document Properties, you can add a rectangle filled white to cover the page – set the width and height same as the page dimensions, and the x and y co-ordinates to 0. Then lock that layer, perhaps rename it “Background”, and add a new layer. Then you could save this as your default template. In Windows, save the document named default.svg in the folder at C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\inkscape\templates.

Each time you open a new document or start the application, Inkscape will load the default.svg

The downside is if you choose a different page size, you will have to edit the white filled rectangle to match the new page size.


Example of Changing pasteboard colour in Inkscape

Source : Link , Question Author : Ram Iyer , Answer Author : Billy Kerr

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