Ubuntu Mate Menu Cluttered text {help]

I am fairly new to linux. I am having this weird bug for a past couple of days.
The text in the menu bar is a cluttered up.
Here's a snap:

This text on the menu bar is clutter.
Any ideas on how to fix this?

Looks like you’re running Ubuntu MATE 16.10, which has recently made the move to GTK3 (16.04 was based on GTK2).

Which theme is it? It’s likely the theme you’re using is incompatible - it should support GTK 3.20 and greater - the theme probably was designed for an earlier version of GTK (the toolkit that renders controls of your desktop).

On the other hand, you could switch back to one of the default (MATE) themes, or have a mix and match by changing the window controls in Appearance (by clicking the “Customise” button).


oh so thats what it was!
I was using arc theme with numix icon pack.
I changed the theme and it now appears normally like before.

If you like Arc, a compatible version is in the Ubuntu archive in 16.10. I’ve been using for a few weeks. It’s easy to install (sudo apt install arc-theme), but you need to remove any old versions so that the package version is being used.

*Edit: I forgot to note that if you installed Arc by adding their repo, you’ll need to disable that first. I can’t look for instructions now, but can add them later if you need them. *

  1. First, make sure you don’t have an old package installed:
    sudo apt purge arc-theme*
  2. Then remove any non-package versions, both system-wide and in your home:
    sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Arc,Arc-Darker,Arc-Dark} rm -rf ~/.local/share/themes/{Arc,Arc-Darker,Arc-Dark} rm -rf ~/.themes/{Arc,Arc-Darker,Arc-Dark}
  3. Make sure you’re up to date
    sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade
  4. Install from the Ubuntu repo:
    sudo apt install arc-theme