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Ineed2know 08-27-2012 12:09 AM

Linux Mint 13 (Mate) -- Customizing Icons
:o Recently I installed Mint 13 (Mate). In the past couple of days I changed some icons in an attempt to customize my copy of Mint. Unfortunately, I changed the icon for TRAST-EMPTY to an icon that I liked. However, I can't find the TRASH-FULL icon to change as well. While I know that this is not Windows OS, at least I had the option to change/customize the desktop icons (or at most of them anyway). I found icons in "USR/SHARE/PIZMAPS". First .. is there a utility or application, etc., that I can use to customize my system; specifically managing icons? Second, for now I need to restore the TRASH-EMPTY icon back to the original icon so ... how do I do it? I am not completely certain what format Mint uses for its icons. I do know that some icons are ".png". I cannot find any documentation/guide, etc., on how to customize the desktop/system/icons, etc. Everything I find is just general and/or doesn't cover what I am looking for. Thanks.

abrinister 08-27-2012 05:56 PM

You could use Gimp to customize your icons.

Alex Brinister

Ineed2know 08-28-2012 06:51 AM

Well Abinister ... maybe I was a bit misleading. I don't really want to change/modify icons rather I want to change the existing icon(s) with icons I have collected (downloaded). That's what I was referring to. For example, (using Mint) I can right-click and open the properties of a desktop item .. let's say Firefox. Then I click on the icon which then opens a new window titled "Select Custom Icon". Then I can select an icon I wish to use and click on OPEN to complete the task. Wa-la.

abrinister 08-28-2012 10:23 AM

Then I guess you will have to search for the correct icons on your system. If you wanted to, you could create your own .desktop files by doing the following.

Alex Brinister

Ineed2know 08-29-2012 12:05 AM

What the problem really is that while the TRASH-EMPTY icon is displayed on the desktop and nothing in the trash -- fine, no problem there. The problem is that when something is placed into the trash, the TRASH-FULL icon does not appear on the desktop. For whatever the reason the TRASH-FULL "action" (for lack of a better description) is not displaying on the desktop and I don't know where to look or how to go about "repairing" this function. I have tried removing TRASH from the desktop and then putting it back but nothing changed. If there is something in the trash and I open trash it does show me that there is something in the trash. Guess I will just have to live with this until I can get a definitive answer to my problem. Thanks for the response.

abrinister 08-29-2012 10:25 AM

Ok. I now understand your problem. Maybe you can try disabling and reenabling the trash icon in MateConf. I use Mate as well and it works fine for me. As I understand it, there's probably an XML file somewhere that changes the icon based on whether the trash is full or not.

Alex Brinister

Ineed2know 08-30-2012 07:49 AM

:confused: I don't know what "mint-conf" is. However, I do find in SYSTEM TOOLS - CONFIGURATION EDITOR but I don't see anything related to "mate-conf".

abrinister 08-30-2012 10:09 AM

It's actually called mateconf-editor. That's the command name for it. You can run it in a Terminal. If you don't have GNOME installed, the Configuration Editor is what you're looking for. Sorry for the confusion

Alex Brinister

chris2kari 10-26-2012 08:46 PM


Originally Posted by abrinister (Post 4768314)
It's actually called mateconf-editor.

Alex Brinister

Um Alex, on ubuntu at least, the package is actually called mate-conf-editor.
It is not installed by default on Mate 1.4 but is available in the repo.
Once installed it is then called by

sudo mateconf-editor
(this is not a typo)


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