I recently installed Ubuntu 16.04 and am trying to (i) ideally remove, or (ii) change the clunky look of, the "plus sign" and "dropdown arrow" near the tabs of gnome-terminal.

The red box in the following image shows the icons:


Any tips on how to remove these icons? Can their styles be modified in ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css? Can alternative icons be used?

  • You upgraded from 14.04 to 16.04? Are you using unity or gnome-shell? – Anwar Sep 2 '16 at 10:26
  • @Anwar I am using Unity, and 16.04 is a fresh install. – jII Sep 2 '16 at 10:31
  • Have you installed any other desktop environment before like mate, lxde or cinnamon? – Anwar Sep 2 '16 at 10:34
  • @Anwar I have not installed any other such desktop environment. – jII Sep 2 '16 at 11:01
  • I think you can't do much without changing Icon themes. I have some suggestion for you in an answer. check them out – Anwar Sep 3 '16 at 7:50

Unfortunately those icons are from default Ubuntu Mono Dark icon theme. I fear you can't do much without replacing those icons or using other Icon theme.

Here are some alternatives I want to suggest you to try.

  1. Mate Faenza Dark icon theme (Most preferable)

    mate faenza dark

  2. Revival Icon theme


  3. MacBuntu OS Icon theme

    macbuntu os icon theme

  4. Paper Icon theme

    paper icon theme with Ambiance

You should be able to find the icon theme from various PPAs available. Some of them are

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  • @jesterII Glad that helped :) There are lots of them. Try some. you'll find many good icons i think. good luck! – Anwar Sep 3 '16 at 17:35

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