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I have a simple question. Is there any way to replace the GAIM icon in the system tray?
Currently, all my icons have transparent backgrounds, except GAIM (which has an ugly grey square surrounding the systray icon) and I want to switch the systray icon to something that looks a bit better. Is there any easy way to just replace it?
Last edited by dezireduser; 11-16-2006 at 08:34 AM.
I dont think dezireduser is talking about the application icon on the shortcut bar. Its the icon in the system tray which gets activated when gaim is on. The other systray icons (like kicker or amarok) have transparent backgrounds, but not gaim. Any way to fix that?
Yes, exactly what valerie_tux said. Currently, this is a problem with the GAIM systray plugin (and Azureus as well). In the GAIM faq, it acknowledges this problem, but doesn't provide any details on how to fix it. Something to do with the flaw in the specs of the system tray implementation in the systray plugin for GAIM causes the background issue on KDE...
I understand now, sorry I misunderstood your question. Unfortunately, due to the statement quoted below, all I can offer is this, under preferences-> plugins, you can uncheck System Tray Icon.
Gaim supports what is called a system tray icon that conforms to the standards at www.freedesktop.org. This tray icon is supported by Windows, KDE 3.1, Gnome 2.2, and Red Hat Gnome 2.0. All you have to do is load the "System Tray Icon" plugin by going to Preferences and then Plugins.
If you're using Gnome you need to make sure that your panel has a Notification Area on it. To add one, right click on the panel, select Add To Panel->Utility->Notification Area. Gaim will insert the tray icon in any System Tray implementation that conforms to these standards, so feel free to write one for your window manager of choice. Due to a flaw in these specs, KDE users may experience trouble with the background color of the docklet. There is unfortunately nothing we can do about this.
If anyone finds out a way to actually point to a picture for the system tray icon plugin, let me know. It sucks that the background doesn't work properly, but it's really not THAT big of a deal to fix it for those of us who use a mostly solid color in their wallpaper. For example, the bottom of my wallpaper is all black, so all I have to do to fix gaim.png is color in the background from transparent to black. I just can't seem to point the plugin picture to my gaim-black-background.png new picture.
Maybe I'll try replacing the gaim.png and then restarting the computer to see if that works (btw, I've tried replacing gaim.png with my new picture then restarting gaim, that doesn't work).