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How do I assign custom icons to folders, as well as the default folders Desktop, Downloads, Music, etc.? I know that one way is to assign the properties of folders, but I want to assign icons in the same way that are assigned the default folders, so the custom icons will also appear in the Nautilus bookmarks. I've also seen this question >> custom icon in "Places" menu <<, but that is not what I seek.

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My main intention is this: a busy cat

I want the markers to display custom icons like the dolphin. I know it's possible, because the folder "Desktop", "Documents", "Music" has its own custom icons in bookmarks. How?

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Custom icon selection

In the file manager (nautilus):

  • right click a folder's icon
  • click on properties in the contextual menu
  • in the properties window click on the framed icon (top left)

that should open the dialog to choose a new icon

Pick an icon from /usr/share/icons

Note - the default folder icons are in the Humanity sub-folder.

Nautilus bookmark icon screenshot

Custom icon backup & restore

The informations seems to be saved by nautilus in ~/.local/share/gvfs-metadata.

Note that the directory contains lots of other data (emblems and more). As far as I know they are in binary format so I wasn't really able to pinpoint what's really needed in a backup. Still file path of the icons shuld remain exactly the same between backup and restore for this to work

Resource: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1466565

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I know change the icons that way, but it's not what I'm looking to do. I want to create other folders in my home folder and assign icons that are also seen in nautilus bookmarks. –  Frank Souza Nov 15 '11 at 14:29
    
Probably this is related to dolphin/nautilus incompatibility? I added a link to a screenshot that shows what happens following my solution. In which file manager do you set the icon? –  Matteo Scotuzzi Nov 15 '11 at 16:11
    
Oww man, this my question was based on the previous versions of Ubuntu 11.10. I did not know it was possible to do this in 11.10. I'm an idiot! I did now the standard way: in the folder properties and surprise ... it worked! Ok I apologize for lost time, and much, thank you! Now the question is: Where are these customization settings are saved? In which file? For some day I will reformat my machine and would like to maintain those customizations. Thank you very much –  Frank Souza Nov 15 '11 at 17:20
    
I added some info on backup&restore of custom icons to the answer, hope it helps –  Matteo Scotuzzi Nov 16 '11 at 14:25
    
Thank you @matteo, definitely solved my problem and took my question. Thanx –  Frank Souza Nov 17 '11 at 18:08
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