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How to fix missing icons in program menus and context menus?

asked 2013-02-22 12:29:16 -0500

Bucic gravatar image

updated 2013-12-08 10:38:52 -0500

Inkscape, GIMP, LibreOffice and probably many other programs have missing icons in menus. While for some programs it's a culprit, for LibreOffice (OpenOffice) it's a major problem since its UI is ancient and hard to navigate even with the icons.

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answered 2013-12-18 03:10:11 -0500

Ahmad Samir gravatar image

updated 2014-02-05 07:07:49 -0500

(I've already posted in , re-posting here for users not subscribed there):

Both gtk-menu-image and gtk-button-images were deprecated and ignored, after that they made them deprecated but not ignored:

the problem is the gsettings keys (org.gnome.desktop.interface buttons-have-icons and menus-have-icons) are gone so I don't see a way to set them...

However it seems you can set the relevant GtkSettings via the gnome-settings-daemon xsettings plguin: open dconf-editor -> org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings and change the overrides key from:



{'Gtk/ButtonImages': <1>, 'Gtk/MenuImages': <1>}

usually the change is instantaneous (e.g. in gimp), but some apps need to be restarted (e.g. firefox).

Or just use gsettings:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides "{'Gtk/ButtonImages': <1>, 'Gtk/MenuImages': <1>}"

but note that this method overwrites the current value of that key; one obvious caveat is if you've previously enabled pasting with the middle click from gnome-tweak-tool -> "keyboard and mouse", you'll need to re-set it there again (unlike the above gsettings command, gnome-tweak-tool "adds" new values to the overrides key and doesn't blindly overwrite it).

Edit: testing recently, it seems now that toggling either of these settings in gnome-tweak-tool remove the custom values added above:

  • Top Bar -> "show application menu"
  • Keyboard and mouse -> middle-click paste so if you toggle any of those settings you'll have to re-add the 'Gtk/ButtonImages': <1>, 'Gtk/MenuImages': <1> bits.
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This is the correct answer starting with F20/gnome 3.10.

mlipp gravatar imagemlipp ( 2014-02-04 02:20:44 -0500 )edit
mlipp gravatar imagemlipp ( 2014-02-04 08:46:34 -0500 )edit

i use F25, i tried but doesn't seem to work

adorzhang gravatar imageadorzhang ( 2017-02-03 07:41:10 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-02-22 12:45:56 -0500

Bucic gravatar image

updated 2013-12-08 10:37:53 -0500

  1. Install Gnome Tweak Tool

    su -c 'yum install gnome-tweak-tool'

  2. Enable: Theme > Menus Have Icons

It seems the tool doesn't have "Themes' section anymore. In this case use gconf-editor as described here

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This solution doesn't seem to work on Fedora 20. Any thoughts?

Bucic gravatar imageBucic ( 2013-12-10 12:11:55 -0500 )edit

See the answer below. Things changed with gnome 3.10.

mlipp gravatar imagemlipp ( 2014-02-04 02:20:05 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-02-11 08:41:01 -0500

Logout , then login screen switch GNOME-xorg. ( F25)

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