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Old 12-16-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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Angry Icons in Gnome Shell Sidebar Too Large -- Sidebar & Windows Flickers

Hi all,

the most recent update to Gnome 3.10.2 (Sabayon Linux 64 Bit) seems to have botched the sidebar on the left-hand side of my desktop. The icons are larger than before and, I assume, since not all application icons can by displayed vertically, the dock flickers and moves somewhat up & down. In short it has become totally useless for launching applications, in addition in looking quite unattractive with such large icons. Moving the mouse cursor to the upper left corner makes not only the sidebar appear and flickers, the windows or rather the preview of them flicker as well. It takes a while and a lot of mouse clicking to 'capture' a window so that a fills the screen and one can continue to work.

First I created a new user for testing purposes to see whether something was screwed up in the GNOME settings in my HOME-directory, but the same issue occured. The same behavior occurs with all GNOME-themes installed even the default one after I removed additional themes.

Then I tried adjusting the icon size in /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css which were set to 136px to 118px and restarted my system. This did not have any effect at all, which was to be expected as these settings appear to apply to the application icon grid not exactly the sidebar.

    Application Launchers, Grid and List results */

    .icon-grid {
        spacing: 36px;
        -shell-grid-horizontal-item-size: 118px;
        -shell-grid-vertical-item-size: 118px;

    .icon-grid .overview-icon {
        icon-size: 96px;

I had hoped this might also affect the icon size of the sidebar. Unfortunately there is not section related to the appearance to sidebar in this file.

I searched for a settings file concering the dock bar under /usr/share but the find-command did not come up with one - in this Ubuntu-thread ( I found a reference to this file /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/ which does not exist on my system.

Does anyone have an idea how I could fix this? It's quite annoying.

Thanks for your help


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