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I often have many terminal windows open and switch between them with alt-tab. Right now, they are all shown as the black "utilities-terminal" icon. I would like to customize the icons so I can easily switch between them - how?

I've tried creating custom .desktop entries and changing the Icon there. But, that only changes the icon to launch the terminal. Once running, it is shown as normal icon again.

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Firstly, what version of Ubuntu are you using? On 11.10 (and probably 11.04 and 12.04) the alt-tab switcher groups windows by default.

Anyway, if you're looking to give terminal instances individual icons, I doubt that's possible apart from hacking Unity. If you're just looking to change the terminal, I believe you can locate your icon folder (sometimes at /usr/share/icons, other times at ~/.icons) and drop in a custom "terminal" image of the appropriate name and it should take effect the next time you log in.

Does this address your issue?

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