How to change the panel's icon size?

Benjamin Rossen b.rossen at
Tue Jan 25 07:07:47 GMT 2005

Mark and Mark, 

I believe the problem you encounter is the result of the way icons are drawn 
on the desktop. In some graphics programs like Gimp and Photoshop, you can 
alter the size and shape of images in any proportions and by any incremental 
steps you wish, with little loss of image quality. The bi-cubic interpolation 
algorithms, which give the best results, are complex and slow to implement.  
Therefore it is easier not to employ these in the desktop GUI. Instead the 
icons are available in a range of specific sizes. At these sizes you get a 
pixel for pixel rendering, or you get simple multiples of pixels to pixel 
rendering. When you try to force the icon to take on an intermediate size the 
image quality is degraded. That may be why you see the blurry edges you 
referred to. 

I have not worked on KDE icons. In other systems, where I have tried to 
develop sizing algorithms, this is the choice I made. I recognize the same 
results in the KDE. 

Your system should work perfectly as long as you stick to the default sizes; 
tiny, small, normal and large. 

Benjamin Rossen

On Tuesday 25 January 2005 02:29, Mark Miller wrote:
> I brought this issue up on the KDE Developer's List a few months ago.
> Basically, there's no way to do it currently, at least not with 3.3
> On Tue, 25 Jan 2005 01:20:41 +0000, Mark Hellman <markhellman at> 
> > Benjamin Rossen wrote:
> > 
> > > Right click on the panel
> > > You should get the configure panel GUI
> > > Select:
> > >     Layout >
> > >         Arrangement >
> > >             Size
> > 
> > My problem is not with the panel's size (its already set to "small") but
> > with the panel's icons size (which are 22x22).
> > 
> > In my case, a "Small" panel means 30 pixels. I know that if I reduce it to
> > 27 pixels, the icons are set to 16x16 pixels. But 27 pixels is a bit too
> > small. *What I want is to have a 30 pixels panel with 16x16 icons*. Where
> > can this be set?
> > 
> > 
> > Mark
> > 
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