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I'm a bit stumped. I'm using Xubuntu 14.04 and the old Applications Menu is better for my workflow than the new Whisker Menu.

In Xfce 4.10.0, I could increase the icon size in the Xfce Applications Menu from the default 16px to 22px by simply editing HOME/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xsettings.xml. According to Xfce Docs, that function is now taken over by the gtkrc theme file:

XfceApplicationsMenuPlugin
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You can set a custom icon size in gtk-icon-sizes with the name
panel-applications-menu. The default icon size is 16px.
Special widget name in this plugin is applicationmenu-button. ([source][1])

There's no example there so I have tried variants of the following with no success:

style "panel-applications-menu"

    { 
        gtk-icon-sizes = "panel-applications-menu = 24,24"
    }
class "XfceApplicationsMenuPlugin"  style "panel-applications-menu"
widget "applicationmenu-button" style "panel-applications-menu"

Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong?

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