Even though I like using Gnome, this issues drives me crazy and even makes me consider switching to KDE.
I think the tray icons are quite useful for some application, and for others they are even essential. Since they are always visible, some of them are pretty distracting or at least annoying.
So I need a way to make them less distracting. I'm using the Papirus theme, which already takes care of blending in some the tray icons. But I'd like to make all of them flat white icons.
Reading the ArchWiki (I'm using Manjaro Gnome), forum posts and stackoverflow answers didn't get me to a solution.
Apparently, it should be possible to change the icons by putting icon files in the
~/.local/share/icons/. Doing this in the
home directory, so the won't reverse when updating the appication or theme. Therefore I created my versions of the icons and put them in
I did the same for
24x24, ... ,
I also tried running
gtk-update-icon-cache -f -t ~/.local/share/icons/Papirus or refreshing Gnome (with Alt+F2 and r), or switch the theme in Gnome Tweaks.
In many cases this didn't change anything, in others at least the icon in dash bar. But never the tray system icons.
When I search in the
/usr/share/icons/ folder for application names, there are
*.xpm.svg etc. files, in folders named
apps. And then for some applications there are even icons in
What is the proper way to change use custom icons?
- Which files/resolutions are for the tray icons?
- What is the order they are loaded?
- How to refresh to see the changes?
PS: I tried changing the tray icons for e.g. Veracrypt and Liferea on Manjaro Gnome
- There are already flat white icons for Veracrypt in the Papirus theme (
/usr/share/icons/Papirus/24x24/panel), that also seem to be ignored.
- And there is another Veracrypt icon in