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Installing Icon Themes

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Geeko Icon themes customise the appearance of your desktop environment. An icon theme will change the appearance of your toolbars, your folders and your filetype pictures. Installing icons in KDE and GNOME is slightly different. Also certain themes will work well in GNOME and not in KDE, and some will work well in KDE and not in GNOME. The FreeDesktop.org has an 'Icon Naming Specification' which will hopefully solve this problem, but at the moment not many icon themes are taking advantage of this.


Installation on OpenSUSE 11

Install icons in KDE

1. Download an icon theme for KDE

  • Go to KDE-Look
  • Use the Content sidebar to filter Icons
  • Download an icon theme. This will be a tar.gz file.

2. Install the theme

- K Menu -> System settings -> Appearance -> Icons
  • Click on 'Install New Theme...'
  • Either:
    • Drag and drop the icon theme archive onto the text box
    • OR
    • Click the 'Open' button and navigate to your icon theme archive
  • Click 'OK'
  • Select your new icon theme from the list
  • Click 'Apply' to see the changes

Install icons in GNOME

1. Download an icon theme for GNOME

  • Go to GNOME-Look or art.gnome.org and select Icons from the side menu.
  • Download an icon theme. This will be a tar.gz file.

2. Install the theme

- Computer Menu -> Control Centre -> Appearance -> Theme (tab)
  • Either:
    • Drag and drop the icon theme archive onto the theme properties window
    • OR
    • Click 'Install' and navigate to your downloaded icon theme tar.gz archive
  • After installation you will be prompted to make the newly installed theme active. Click Yes.
  • OR To change to another set of icons or to activate your icons at a later time
- Computer Menu -> Control Centre -> Appearance -> Theme (tab) -> Customize (button) -> Icon (tab)
  • Select the new icon theme from the list


Installation on openSUSE 10.2

Install icons in KDE

1. Download an icon theme for KDE

  • Go to KDE-Look
  • Use the Content sidebar to filter Icons
  • Download an icon theme. This will be a tar.gz file.

2. Install the theme

- K Menu -> Configure Desktop -> Appearance and Themes -> Icons
  • Click on 'Install New Theme...'
  • Either:
    • Drag and drop the icon theme archive onto the text box
    • OR
    • Click the 'Open' button and navigate to your icon theme archive
  • Click 'OK'
  • Select your new icon theme from the list
  • Click 'Apply' to see the changes


Install icons in GNOME

1. Download an icon theme for GNOME

  • Go to GNOME-Look
  • Use the Content sidebar to filter Icons
  • Download an icon theme. This will be a tar.gz file.

2. Install the theme

- Computer Menu -> Control Centre -> Theme
  • Either:
    • Drag and drop the icon theme archive onto the theme properties window
    • OR
    • Click 'Install Theme' and navigate to your icon theme archive
  • Click 'Theme Details'
  • Click on the 'Icons' Tab
  • Select the new icon theme from the list