After installing xubuntu-desktop on Ubuntu 10.10, The GDM window icon changed to a blue mouse, How to I return GDM to the default Ubuntu theme/icon.

I have tried the following which effectively changes the theme but doesn't modify the top icon.



Install Ubuntu tweak which allows you to change it very easily.

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the icon is located at /usr/share/icons/LoginIcons/apps/64/computer.svg

root can overwrite this icon with another svg item.

you could also place a second icon there and change the value of /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/logo-icon-name in the configuration-editor.

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  • There should really be a less destructive and graphical way to do this. – komputes Oct 28 '10 at 14:53
  • there used to be a very extensive login-manager to change themes and icons. it was changed in lucid. – Joris Oct 28 '10 at 15:24
  • @komputes - there is, you change the gconf icon setting for gdm. Or use Ubuntu Tweak. – Martin Owens -doctormo- Apr 5 '11 at 11:00

This works for me (Ubuntu 10.04): Do a left click on your username in the panel (usually in the upper right of the screen). In the menu do a left click again . This opens the window "About " where your logon icon (and more) can be customised.


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Run login to a recovery console and run gksu -u gdm gnome-appearance-properties and change the icon theme. You could also google gdm2setup (Sorry I do not have a link handy).

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  • There is a side-effect that an accessiblity icon will be added the notification area gnome-panel applet of the user who ran the command. It is suggested instead that one logs out before running the above command. – daithib8 May 5 '11 at 17:40

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