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How do I get and install more themes, icons, and pointers?

I often find myself seeing new icons but I am unable to install them.

How do you install icons on Ubuntu? Can someone break down the process for me?

  • Icons for what? Do you mean icons used in themes? Or application icons? Which flavor of desktop?
    – txwikinger
    Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 16:48
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    icons used for themes, gnome desktop :)
    – myusuf3
    Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 18:58

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Drag and drop the theme package in the Appearance Preferences window
(System->Preferences->Appearance) Theme tab. alt text

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  • +1 Nice answer. I had look trough other threads here and finally found this one. It was helpful for me
    – Justas
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 6:43

To add a new icon theme, copy them into the hidden directory (control+h in nautilus to show hidden files) .icons in your home directory.

You should then be able to select them from Appearance Preferences.

If you don't have a ~/.icons directory, just create one.


If you just want to change an individual icon you should do the following:

  • Download a .png image
  • Right click the icon you want to change
  • Go to Preferences and then click on the little image window on the upper left.

    It will open a dialog where you can select the icon you wish to substitute for the old one.

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! It would be great if you could add some screenshots to make it easier to follow your instructions. Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 16:15

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