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Downloading and setting a new icon theme modifies the top panel icons. I want to keep the panel icons (Ubuntu-mono-dark theme).

Is that possible? How can I change the applications/folders & files icon theme (for example Moka theme), but keeping the default top panel icons (Ubuntu-mono-dark)?

After setting Moka theme, the panel icons are changed, and I don't like them.

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    Not having done this before I am not quite sure if it would work, but you could try overwriting the status folder of your custom theme with the ubuntu mono status folder (located at /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-light or .../ubuntu-mono-dark). – Glutanimate Jun 21 '14 at 11:28
  • Which icon theme are you trying to use? – Wilf Jun 22 '14 at 15:42
  • @Wilf Moka theme. See the edit. – Ionică Bizău Jun 22 '14 at 16:45
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This did it for me

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Icons in the 'Use another icon set while keeping the Ubuntu Mono panel icons' section.

  1. Press ALT+F2 and type "gksu nautilus /usr/share/icons".
  2. Make a copy of the "ubuntu-mono-dark" or "ubuntu-mono-light" folder.
  3. Rename the folder to a new name.
  4. Open the index.theme file
  5. Change the "Name" field to a new name ("Name=Ubuntu-Mono-Dark" to "Name=My-New-Icons")
  6. Change "Inherits" field to the name of the icon theme you want to use ‘Inherits=Humanity-Dark,gnome,hicolor’ to the name of the folder of the icons you want to use.(This folder may be in ~/.icons or in /usr/share/icons)
  7. Save the file and go to appearance preferences to set the new icon theme.

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