On my Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon system, ALT+TAB switcher, in the default settings (icon and thumbnail pop up in the switcher) shows a pixelated icon for one of my applications. I do not know where the icons are loaded from, and as a result I do not know how to fix this.

So where are the ALT+TAB icons loaded from into memory for the ALT+TAB switcher to use, and how can I resolve this issue of a low-resolution icon being loaded?


These icons are generally located in the /usr/share/icons/hicolor/<resolution>/apps/ directories. <resolution> corresponds to each resolution available: for instance, 22x22 or 128x128.

You can see what icon resolutions are available for your particular program using this command:

find /usr/share/ -name <application>.png

Here, replace <application> with the name of the executable for the program in question. This can be verified using the which command:

$ which google-chrome
$ which chrome

For instance, these are the icons available for Chrome on my system (ran from /usr/share):

$ find . -name google-chrome.png

Possible solutions:

  1. If you don't have high resolution versions of these icons, you could try an answer suggested here and simply create them with the GIMP image manipulator using Image -> Scale. Then, place the new icons in the particular directories.

  2. If high resolution versions are present here but you still see a pixelated image when you ALT + TAB, you can try the second answer from the previous link:

    Add StartupWMClass=<application> to the application's .desktop file within the /usr/share/applications directory.

    So for this example using google-chrome, I would add


    to the /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop file.

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