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After upgrading to 11.10 a couple of days ago, icons appeared in the menu. Now of course I want to get rid of them.

I searched on Google and it seems like they should have been there all the time but they first appeared after the upgrade, and for me it seems a bit overkill to have both icons and text. And I'm finding myself not being able to quickly find in the menus as before, strange eh.

So I read somewhere about these commands:

gconftool --set /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_has_icons --type bool false
gconftool --set /desktop/gnome/interface/buttons_have_icons --type bool false

should remove them but it doesn't seem to work. Any other ideas out there?

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The command to disable menus with icons is:

gconftool --set /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons --type bool false

The command to disable buttons with icons is the same as you note:

gconftool --set /desktop/gnome/interface/buttons_have_icons --type bool false
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gconftool-2 --unset /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_has_icons
gconftool-2 --unset /desktop/gnome/interface/buttons_have_icons

Note that you may need to restart (at least log out and then in again) to see some of these changes.

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