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In the above screenshot you can see that I am using a Wine application, Nemo file browser & Firefox, however, I want to use a specific icon for this Wine application too! To be precise I am using PDF Xchange viewer & I want to use its native Windows icon in Cinnamon too!

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How can I do that?

  1. Create your icon as a png file

  2. copy an application file from


  3. open it in a text editor

  4. customize it.

You could just copy my template blow, also:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Your App
Comment=Comments shown as tooltip
Exec= wine /path/to/executable


You're icon should be placed on: /usr/share/icons/ownicons

create this directory with

sudo mkdir /usr/share/myicons/
sudo chown yourusername:yourusername /usr/share/myicons/

Look at Gnome Desktop entry specification for more information.

  • I am not sure for cinemon 'cause I don't use it if it is based on gnome this should work perfectly. – Josh Sep 15 '13 at 15:43

I have the same problem, I made the new directory, and I put the desktop file, but Cinnamon in Ubuntu 13.10 still shows the stupid Windows logo, I was searching in others forums but this one was the closest to my problem.

I'll show you my desktop file for Microsoft Windows

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Microsoft Word 2010
Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/larry/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Office2010" wine C:\\\\windows\\\\command\\\\start.exe /Unix /home/larry/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Office2010/dosdevices/c:/users/larry/Start\\ Menu/Programs/Microsoft\\ Office/Microsoft\\ Word\\ 2010.lnk
Categories=wine-Programs-Microsoft Office;

The solutions indicated here do not solve the issue in Cinnamon. This is a bug in Cinnamon which is tracked under https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/issues/581 This issue remains in Cinnamon 2.4.5

With multiple applications running under wine, this issue creates confusion.

Possible workarounds:

  1. Use a dock (such as docky) where this issue is not seen
  2. Replace the native wine icons with something more easy on the eyes. If you are mostly using one particular application under wine, this could be the replacement.

For the taskbar icon

sudo mv youricon16x16.png /usr/share/icons/Mint-X/apps/16/wine.png

For the Alt+Tab icon

sudo mv youricon.svg /usr/share/icons/Mint-X/apps/scalable/wine.svg

To change icons, you must create a new custom application. Type this following code on your terminal to create new custom launcher

gnome-desktop-item-edit /path/to/the/folder --create-new

For example, if you want create a launcher in your default music folder, the command will be

gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Music --create-new

After you hit enter, the create launcher window will appear for you to customize the launcher: Window

Just fill all necessary info and click "Ok" if you finished. Like me: Window2

Note: Choose icons by clicking rocket picture, you can download icons from google Picture and for get application commands you can find it by right click on application > click Properties > look at commands

Source: http://www.linuxandlife.com/2012/07/how-to-create-launcher-in-linux-mint-13.html

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