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Old 06-17-2014, 02:40 PM   #1
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Question Changing an icon or a name of an app in Gnome 3


Hello LinuxQuestions, this is my first post here!
I have a question concerning Gnome 3, is there a way to change the icon in the launcher, or a name that is shown?
I have two copies of Steam on my computer - native and on Wine, and I would like to see which version is which, because both are named "Steam" and the icons are identical.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 06-17-2014, 10:58 PM   #2
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You have to edit the .desktop file in the /usr/share/applications/ directory for this but I don't know how to do it correctly or easily.

For eg. I have both gnome3 and mate installed. If I search 'terminal' I get both 'MATE terminal' and 'Terminal' (which is GNOME3 terminal) as result. Both have same icons. If I check the respective .desktop file the entry is "Icon=utilities-terminal" on both. The respective icons are same in /usr/share/icons directory. Now, I can manually change this icon in either of the two place but don't know if there is a clean way of doing it. For name, you can change the "Name=" line.
 
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thank you sooooo much!
Worked perfectly.
Have a nice day!
 
Old 06-18-2014, 12:31 PM   #4
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There are a few "menu" editors that allow you to edit the .desktop files in a GUI environment - menulibre comes to mind. Most do not change what's in /usr/share/applications, they copy it into your home/local/share/applications and save the changes...
 
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info, menulibre is exactly what I was looking for.
Problem solved, thanks for all the support!
EDIT: Alacarte is also a good program for that.

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