I'm searching how to customize the desktop icons font size on Ubuntu 19.10 GNOME (standard) edition. For example, i Want 8px.

With 18.04, it was as simple as

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop font 'Ubuntu 8'

On 19.10, there is no org.gnome.nautilus.desktop schemadir. I searched inside all parameters gsettings list-recursively and dconf dump /, cannot find any related to desktop icons font.

  • Do you require a CLI method, or can you use gnome-tweaks?
    – guiverc
    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:58
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    How desktop icons are handled is changed fundamentally. It's now handled by a GNOME Shell extension instead of Nautilus, that's why the old solution doesn't work.
    – pomsky
    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:58

1 Answer 1


as a Admin or for system-wide

edit the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/desktop-icons@csoriano/stylesheet.css

.name-label {
    text-shadow: 1px 1px black;
    color: green;
    text-align: center;
    font-size: 40px;

I have already edited above part. I have added the line font-size: 40px; and changed the color to green.

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Another Customization Image:

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For local changes (with out need of root privileges)

follow this post and edit the contents like below in the stylesheet.css file.

.name-label {
    text-shadow: 1px 1px black;       
    font-size: 40px;
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    Currently, desktop icons are managed by an extension, so currently, the only way to change font sizes is to hard-edit the .css of the extension. It would be better if a local .css could be edited - then no root is required and change applies only to current user. Cannot test as I have no Gnome anymore.
    – vanadium
    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:54
  • @vanaduim i llike your comment because your pointing exactly where im digging : could i locally overlay the current theme in order to choose the font size from where the extension apply the 3 ratios 'small', 'normal' and 'big'
    – cmak.fr
    Nov 3, 2019 at 7:07
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    @cmak.fr Answer Edited for local capability. Thanks
    – PRATAP
    Nov 3, 2019 at 7:42

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