Many Linux applications allow users to customize a program’s appearance. These alternate looks are skins (themes for individual applications); themes are another term (for example, themes used in Firefox). Below are three common media players that users may want to customize. 1. Mplayer: Obtain and Install Skins: For the first step, go to http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html and scroll down to "Skins". Select a **** by clicking "HTTP" - the hyperlink to the right. Next, uncompress the downloaded file. Once that step is complete, open a terminal. Lastly, copy the uncompressed folder by using this command: Code: sudo cp -r ~/Downloads/UNCOMPRESSED_FOLDER /usr/share/mplayer/skins/ The user may need to type the admin password. For example, if the user downloaded "Abyss" and saved it in ~/Downloads, that line would look like this: Code: sudo cp -r ~/Downloads/Abyss /usr/share/mplayer/skins/ NOTE: Linux is case-sensitive meaning that "X" is different as "x". Once the copy finishes, the **** installation is complete. If more skins are desired, repeat this process with different skins. Change the ****: To make Mplayer use the newly obtained ****, open and right-click Mplayer. Next, select "**** browser". A window should appear containing a list of skins. Finally, choose the desired **** and the change will take place instantly. Select "OK" when the wanted **** is selected. 2. Smplayer: Obtain and Install Skins: To start, go to http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/en/downloads and scroll down to "Sources". Next, download the theme and the **** packages. Once the download is complete, uncompress the downloaded files. After that, open a terminal. As the final step, type this command: Code: sudo cp -r ~/Downloads/UNCOMPRESSED-FOLDER/themes/* /usr/share/smplayer/themes/ The asterisk will copy all the theme folders. The "-r" will gather the files in the theme folders. Repeat this step for each uncompressed downloaded file. NOTE: Linux is case-sensitive meaning that "Y" is different as "y". Once the copy completes, the **** addition is done. Change the ****: To use one of the new skins, open Smplayer and click "Options" in the top menu bar. Select "Preferences" which will cause a window to pop-up. On the left, the user will see a list, in this list click "Interface". To the right, the user should see a drop-down menu with the text "Icon set" to the left of the drop-down menu. In this menu, select a theme and click "Apply" to complete the process. NOTE: the user could press ctrl-p to open preferences. 3. Umplayer: Obtain and Install Skins: To obtain Umplayer skins, go to http://gnome-look.org/index.php?xcontentmode=131. Find a Umplayer theme (not a Mplayer theme) and download the file. Once the download is complete, uncompress the new file. NOTE: Some Umplayer skins are mixed with Mplayer skins, both of which are incompatible. Next, open a terminal and copy the uncompressed folder by typing this command: Code: sudo cp -r ~/Downloads/UNCOMPRESSED-FOLDER /usr/share/umplayer/themes/ NOTE: Linux is case-sensitive meaning that "Z" is not equal to "z". Once the copy has finished, the **** installation is complete. Change the ****: Once the skins install, open Umplayer and press ctrl-p. A window will appear with a menu to the left. Click "Interface" in that menu. In the "****" menu, click the **** that is desired. The player will use the new **** immediately after clicking “Apply”.