Saturday, June 6, 2009

How to change the icons in Ubuntu

I'm very sure you wanted at some point in time to change the look of your Ubuntu installation but had some difficulties doing so. No problem, that's why I made this short tutorial that will explain you how to change your installation icons and bring that unique feeling to Ubuntu.

First of all, go to gnome-look and browse some set of icons. I chosed this one to use it in this tutorial because I really like the icons.

When you got to your icon package website, make sure you download and save the file anywhere, I suggest on your Desktop just because it's faster.

After download you will end up with a .tar.bz2 file which we will use it straight away, as it is, without any extraction of files.

Go to System > Preferences > Appearance and press on the Install button and chose your previously downloaded file.


after you chose it, wait for a couple of seconds for it to load, you will be asked if you want to apply those icons. Press Apply New Theme.



If you later decide to move to a theme and just change the icons it uses, select the theme you want to apply (for example: ClearLooks, Dust) and press Customize and go to Icons tab and chose the icon set you wish to use along with your theme.



This was all, enjoy your new icons!

14 comments:

  1. You can also just drag the file in the window, just like all other Theme items or entire themes.

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  2. This is a serious tutorial?

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  3. Wow guys!! Remember that Club Ubuntu serves newbies too.

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  4. BULLSHIT... it didn't work...

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  5. wow looked everywhere and this helped thanks alot

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  6. It's change themes no change icons :(

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  7. you just need to right-click an icon and select properties then 2x click the icon when the property window opens,and browse to any icon you want

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  8. But how am I supposed to change the icon of only one thing... like I only want to change icon of my recycle bin then what?

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  9. It doesn't work, when I try to save the file it doesn't even show up unless you select "all files" in the drop down menu instead of "theme packages" then it simply says file does not appear to be a valid theme.

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  10. Ah Ha! You have to right click on the file first, go to properties > Open with > theme installer. THEN it will let you do the rest. :)

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  11. The question is how to change the icons; to smaller, and not how to change the theme!!!

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  12. Using Version 11.04 (Natty)
    Right click icon and choose Properties
    Click the Basic Tab
    Click the Icon and a Select Custom Icon Window will open
    You can now choose any picture on you hard drive that you want.

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