I know this may be completely irrelevant to the functionality of the operating system, but I just finished installing debian 11 and I noticed that gnome applications use the slightly outdated icons, event though they are newer versions.

For example in my ubuntu 20.04 gnome-calculator is version 3.36.0 and has this icon:

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While in debian 11 it is 3.38.2 and has this one

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This is also valid for a few other gnome applications that I use and I would be really happy if I could switch to the icons that I like better.

Is it possible to do so?


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Gnome has themes; it seems you've gotten switched to a different one than you were used to. You can find the theme selection in the control center by looking for "themes".

If the original theme is not available there, you can probably still install it later on via apt, or from Gnome LOOK.

The icon shown isn't hence linked with the version of your calculator application, but with the icon set.

  • That was very useful information. However in debian 11 searching for "themes" didn't help a lot. Turned out you need to go to gnome-tweaks then appearance and manage from there. Also turned out the theme I referenced is called Yaru, it and many more can be found at gnome-look.org/browse
    – php_nub_qq
    Dec 13, 2021 at 18:19

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