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I recently downloaded and installed the Faenza icon set on my laptop (through its creators ppa). In order to be able to use it, though, I had to install the Gnome Tweak Tool as well, which comes bundled with the Gnome-shell. The thing is, I have no intention of using the Gnome-shell.

Is there a simpler way of customizing icons in Ubuntu?

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You have to install gconf-editor.

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Then, open gconf-editor and go to desktop/gnome/interface and change the value of "icon_theme" from ubuntu-mono-dark to Faenza or Faenza-Darker.

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To make changes in gconf-editor, do I have to open it via the terminal with gksudo? – NovemberSnow Nov 18 '11 at 13:59
No. Just use Alt+F2 and type gconf-editor. No sudo privileges are needed. – severin Nov 18 '11 at 14:03
Works fine! Thanks. – NovemberSnow Nov 18 '11 at 14:08

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