Can I change the icons in the panel system tray ?

Schmitt cv.schmitt at
Sat Oct 1 13:14:41 BST 2011

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Can I change the icon of an application ?

cv.schmitt at

Am 01.10.2011 13:36, schrieb Duncan:
> Renaud (Ron) Olgiati posted on Sat, 01 Oct 2011 06:43:48 -0400 as
> excerpted:
>> The system tray, in my new Mageia install, uses icons that are mostly
>> grey on light grey, difficult to differenciate; I would like to add some
>> colour to them.
>> Could some kind soul tell me where does the system tray icons reside ?
> Are you talking about the old multi-color icons, or the newer
> monocolor-&-clear icons?
> The older ones are traditional application system tray icons, while the
> newer monocolor ones signify kde infrastructure-based services, thus
> contrasting with traditional applications.
> I'll assume you're talking about the newer monocolor services icons.
> Given that these are actually placed in-tray by kde's systray plasmoid
> itself, they are by definition a part of plasma.  As such, it's the
> desktop (plasma being that desktop) theme that defines this and most of
> the other color/transparency/etc elements of the desktop, including not
> only the system tray but the panels, plasmoid backgrounds and artwork
> (like the analog clock artwork), etc.
> The configuration for that is found in kde settings, workspace appearance
> and behavior, workspace appearance, desktop theme.  Note that if you
> don't like the available pre-packaged choices, you can download more from
>  The get new themes button does that, but browsing kde-
> directly makes it easier to browse the whole list.
> FWIW, I run the "professional" theme, downloaded from kdelook, here.
> It's somewhat more transparent (with desktop effects on, otherwise it's a
> dark gray background) than the default.  I've tried others, but keep
> returning to it.  Its one problem is also its great strength, the high
> degree of transparency.  If I want to read something but can't as a
> result of that, I temporarily toggle desktop effects off, resulting in an
> easily readable white on dark gray (nice since I vastly prefer "reverse"
> colors, light text on dark backgrounds, anyway), then toggle effects back
> on.
> One caution.  For whatever reason, changing themes doesn't take full
> effect immediately, or it didn't last I tried, at least.  The graphics
> change but the font-colors didn't change immediately, and AFAIK, it's the
> font-color setting that controls the color of the monocolor outlines.  To
> see the full effect (including what you're specifically worried about
> here, I believe), you must restart plasma.  You can restart all of kde
> (or the entire computer) if desired, but I simply kill and restart plasma
> itself, using a compound-command like the following in krunner (kquitapp
> would be the kde-specific way of doing it, but I prefer the linux-wide
> killall):
> killall plasma-desktop; sleep 2; plasma-desktop

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