I just installed Flatabulous (a theme) on my computer that runs Xubuntu.

This happened on my desktop:


It seems that the icon text is left-aligned.

I tried looking around /usr/share/themes/Flatabulous/gtk-2.0/gtkrc like others have suggested, but I couldn't find any styles that concerned the icon alignment.

From the xfce docs, it says:

Hidden Xfconf Options

There are a couple of hidden xfconf settings that cannot be set by the xfdesktop-settings application. The channel name that xfdesktop uses is 'xfce4-desktop'. For more information see the Xfconf Documentation.


  • Boolean, default is TRUE.

  • This value controls whether the text for all the desktop icons label are centered.

I believe this is the correct setting, but I couldn't find it anywhere. It says it should be in xfdesktop-settings (the "Desktop" application), but it's not there. Any tips?

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Based on the quote you provided, it seems that the setting /desktop-icons/center-text should not be in xfdesktop-settings. Instead, it must be accessed via xfconf-query.

Strangely, it seems that the property /desktop-icons/center-text must be set to false in order to work properly with Flatabulous. This property does not seem to be created by default. In order to make it and set it to false, you can do the following:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /desktop-icons/center-text -n -t bool -s false

You should see the change immediately, but you can log off or reboot if it is not showing up.

  • It worked with false at the end, not true. I think you just made a typo there. Thanks! Jul 22, 2016 at 2:48
  • Will this change persist? Will I have to set this setting every time I login? Jul 22, 2016 at 2:48
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    @JonathanLam Thanks for catching the typo. The effect should persist.
    – fakedad
    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:06

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