The new "Workspace" icon is very similar the "Terminal" icon and I prefer the older icon. How can I change it?



P.S.: Sorry for my English ;-)

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In a gnome-terminal do:

  • Backup the old icon:

    sudo mv /usr/share/icons/unity-icon-theme/apps/48/workspace-switcher.png{,.bak}
  • Convert the old icon from SVG to PNG and place it in the correct directory (this needs the convert program from the imagemagick package, which is not installed by default):

    sudo convert -background None /usr/share/icons/Humanity/apps/48/gnome-panel-workspace-switcher.svg /usr/share/icons/unity-icon-theme/apps/48/workspace-switcher.png
  • Update the theme's icon cache:

    sudo update-icon-caches /usr/share/icons/unity-icon-theme
  • Restart unity

    (unity &)

The downside: whenever the icon theme gets updated, you'd need to repeat that process.


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  • What application or package do I need for convert? It's not installed.
    – wojox
    May 16, 2011 at 23:54
  • Oh sorry, the convert program is part of the imagemagick package.
    – htorque
    May 16, 2011 at 23:56
  • @Novatillasku Don't forget to mark my answer as accepted by clicking on the checkbox next to it (only if you think it answered your question, of course ;-)).
    – htorque
    May 19, 2011 at 7:13

If you change your icon theme, it usually changes that icon as well. Personally I use an older version of the humanity theme along with the one in 11.04. To achieve the same thing, you can copy the theme from an older install (or a Live CD for example).

If you need it, I can link to the older theme (optionally), or even tell you to make a custom theme that will keep all of the new icons (and remain updated) while using the old icon (leave me a comment and I will update my answer).

  • I have older iso and can look it.Thank's! May 17, 2011 at 8:05

There is an easier way that doesn't involve converting and things like that. you can simply set a customized icon in /usr/share/applications. I explained it in my blog in detail.

  • Thanks for your answer. However, you should post a sufficient summary here instead of relying on a link. Sep 24, 2012 at 6:35

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