Icons don't appear in dropdown menus in Eclipse. I know that in Gnome this bug can be cured by this way: Icons on menus have disappeared but it doesn't work in Unity. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.


I just had the same issue in Eclipse Indigo in Ubuntu 11.10. Ubuntu Tweak did the trick for me.

Just go to Tweaks > Miscellaneous > Menus have icons

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I also enabled Buttons have icons for good measure.

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  • Hooray. That's been bothering me for a while ! As an aside, I am running 14.04 with Cinnamon. Fix was Preferences | Themes | Other Settings and then 'Show icons in menus' (and the related 'Show icons on buttons). Thank you. – Nicholas Mar 11 '16 at 19:19

For Ubuntu 12.10, install Gnome Tweak Tool and enable icons in Theme


For Ubuntu 14.04 I couldn't find that setting in either unity-tweak-tool or gnome-tweak-tool. While you can use gconf-editor, it has no effect in eclipse. Instead the following worked for me:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface menus-have-icons true
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface buttons-have-icons true
  • Ok well thatth might be where the setting is, but it has no effect – dan carter Nov 25 '14 at 0:26
  • On Kubuntu, there is the possibility to configure the icons for buttons directly in the system settings (-> Style -> GTK). That fixed the issue for me without installing any additional tools. – bully May 22 '15 at 12:15
  • Have changed the answer from gconf-editor to gsettings which does work – dan carter Jun 8 '15 at 5:06

On Ubuntu 16.04, use:

dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/menus-have-icons true
dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/buttons-have-icons true

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