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I used to go to "System >> Preferences >> Appearance >> Interface", but I can't find that tab on Lucid or Maverick.

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

The gconf key is /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons.

Note: I don't particularly endorse setting it to "True" in the long run. See Andreas Nilsson's post and the discussion in the related bug for the rationale behind setting it to "False" by default.

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Thanks. That worked. Why you don't endorse that? – lovinglinux Oct 20 '10 at 23:45
I've edited my post include links to relevant discussion. Basically, determining which items should have icons should be a per-application design task to be guided by a set of guidelines; not something to be handled with a global variable. – mgunes Oct 20 '10 at 23:52
Thanks. There must be an issue with Firefox on Gnome then, because it doesn't show my extension icons by default. I have helped many users with similar problems before, but I thought it was a Gnome settings issue. – lovinglinux Oct 20 '10 at 23:58

You could also use Ubuntu Tweak. They have an option for that, among many other things. It also allows you to put icons in buttons.

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