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How do I only use the icons for applications in the Faenza icon set?

I mean, what I ideally would like to do is to change all icons system-wide to faenza, but keep Ambiance for the systray icons? I tried replacing icons in the respective folders, but that didn't seem to help.

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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, James Feb 25 '12 at 1:03

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If you examine the icon set in /usr/share/icons you'll find that within each icon set folder there are folders with the same names and within those folders are icon groups by size and within those folders icons for the same purpose have the same name. That means you can substitute icons from other themes that you prefer. I believe the icons your interested in are in the status folder. Some icon sets are more complete than others and some icons are used under multiple names by using links to point to a single image. Within folders like status the sub folders are by size with the svg folder containing scale-able icons. Once you've made changes to these icons you'll need to restart. I'm unsure if logging out and in is enough or if restarting unity will do so I just restart the system.

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That did it, except I didn need to restart, the icons refreshed instantly. Thank you @fragos! – boywithaxe Feb 22 '12 at 22:43

Use the gnome-tweak tool sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak. Then Ctrl+Alt+T to open the terminal. Now type gnome-tweak and press enter. You can assign a different icon theme.

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Yes, that is correct, however this changes the icon theme systemwide, and I want the systray icons to remain unchanged. – boywithaxe Feb 19 '12 at 21:48

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