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Old 09-15-2016, 11:56 AM   #1
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Toolbar Configuration in Evolution


I'm using GNOME Evolution as my calendar / e-mail client and since switching to Fedora 24 and downloading the current Evolution, I have a problem I've not been able to figure out.

Currently, the Evolution toolbar is showing both icons and text. This uses up too much room; I'd like to display just icons only. I've searched numerous forums on this but keep coming up empty. (Most of the posts relevant posts are three years old or more.)

So far, I've tried configuring GTK 2 and GTK 3. I've put in a ~/.gtk-mine configuration file. I've used dconf, gconf and just about every other suggested means of setting preferences. I've put the line
gtk-toolbar-style=GTK_TOOLBAR_ICONS
in many places ... all the configuration places I can find.

I don't have any other apps on my machine that are showing both text and icons in the toolbar.

I've tried working this through Evolution forums, but they don't have much at all about configuring the interface, beyond the typical options provided to the user.

Does anybody know where Evolution is hiding the settings to change the appearance of the toolbar?

(Any suggestions about simply changing to a different application will be read, but that doesn't really address the problem. I'm interested in changing Evolution.)

Thanks in advance. - Bill
 
Old 09-15-2016, 05:53 PM   #2
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I happen to have Evolution installed in a VM of Ubuntu, so I fired it up. I found a way under the "View" menu to change the "Switcher" view (switch among calendar, mail, contacts, etc.) to "Icons Only," but couldn't find a similar setting for the taskbar.

I found a very old mailing list thread that indicates you may be able to accomplish this using the gconf-editor.
 
Old 09-15-2016, 08:47 PM   #3
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Frankbell,

Thanks for posting. Yes, I have already set the Evolution > View > Switcher to "Icons Only." That didn't fix it.

Also, I've already tried gconf-editor. Just now, I checked it again. The key "/desktop/gnome/interface/toolbar_style" has these settings: Toolbar Style. Valid values are "both", "both-horiz", "icons", and "text". Mine is set to "icons" and that doesn't do it, either.

I hope someone out there knows where GNOME Evolution has moved the settings for the toolbar, because clearly they are not using the typical GTK configuration settings.
 
Old 09-15-2016, 09:50 PM   #4
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I wish I could help more and I agree with you that this is an option that should be available, ideally by right-clicking on the taskbar. Perhaps you could consider filing a bug report (I don't use Evolution, and I suspect a bug report would better come from a user).
 
Old 09-16-2016, 09:20 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip. I followed the link but it's for Evolution 2.26 and older. I'm using Evolution 3.20.

But, like all good tips, that started a search sequence (which I won't repeat in detail here) but led eventually to:
https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/sta...-toolbar-style

Quoting from there:

GtkSettings:gtk-toolbar-style has been deprecated since version 3.10 and should not be used in newly-written code.
This setting is ignored.
Flags: Read / Write
Default value: GTK_TOOLBAR_BOTH_HORIZ

Clearly, Evolution is now following this and ignoring the gtk-toolbar-style wherever it is set and staying with the default value. Both icons and text in a horizontal layout is what I have (and it uses a lot of space). Several of my oft-used toolbar buttons run off the screen to the right.

So the question remains, is there any way to overcome the default? My hunch is that, somewhere, Evolution has a setting that sets the toolbar button style. Or else, GTK 3.0 does, and Evolution invokes that. But I cannot find where that might be.

Anyone else have any ideas?
 
  


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