SDB:Installing icon themes

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Icon themes customise the appearance of your desktop environment. An icon theme will change the appearance of your toolbars, your folders and your filetype pictures. Installing icons in KDE and GNOME is slightly different. Also certain themes will work well in GNOME and not in KDE, and some will work well in KDE and not in GNOME. The FreeDesktop.org has an 'Icon Naming Specification' which will hopefully solve this problem, but at the moment not many icon themes are taking advantage of this.

Installing icon themes in KDE

1. Download an icon theme for KDE

  • Go to KDE-Look
  • Use the Content sidebar to filter Icons
  • Download an icon theme. This will be a tar.gz file.

2. Install the theme depending on whether you have KDE4 or KDE3.5

KDE4

- K Menu -> Configure Desktop -> Application Appearance -> Icons
  • Click on 'Install Theme File...'
  • Browse and navigate to your icon theme archive
  • Click 'OK'
  • Select your new icon theme from the list
  • Click 'Apply' to see the changes

KDE3.5

- K Menu -> System settings -> Appearance -> Icons
  • Click on 'Install New Theme...'
  • Either:
    • Drag and drop the icon theme archive onto the text box
    • OR
    • Click the 'Open' button and navigate to your icon theme archive
  • Click 'OK'
  • Select your new icon theme from the list
  • Click 'Apply' to see the changes

Installing icon themes in GNOME

1. Download an icon theme for GNOME

  • Go to GNOME-Look or art.gnome.org and select Icons from the side menu.
  • Download an icon theme. This will be a tar.gz file.

2. Install the theme

- Computer Menu -> Control Centre -> Appearance -> Theme (tab)
  • Either:
    • Drag and drop the icon theme archive onto the theme properties window
    • OR
    • Click 'Install' and navigate to your downloaded icon theme tar.gz archive
  • After installation you will be prompted to make the newly installed theme active. Click Yes.
  • OR To change to another set of icons or to activate your icons at a later time
- Computer Menu -> Control Centre -> Appearance -> Theme (tab) -> Customize (button) -> Icon (tab)
  • Select the new icon theme from the list