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FC 23 : Desktop Icons Size Too Big

asked 2015-11-12 07:30:45 -0600

Aizuddin Zali gravatar image

updated 2015-11-12 23:15:01 -0600

mether gravatar image

I have a problem to set FC 23 Gnome desktop icons to a smaller one. Tried gconf-editor but still no luck.

Anyone can help me out to make the desktop icon smaller?

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answered 2015-11-12 12:59:30 -0600

Nicholas gravatar image

Just finished installing Fedora 23, and this was the hardest simple task I've ever tried.

  • Launch Files by clicking on your File Cabinet icon or opening any folder
  • In the top right corner of the files window there is a square made up of 9 tiny squares
  • Click on the square icon, and you should get a drop-down menu
  • Ensure the square icon in the drop-down menu is highlighted/selected
  • Drag slider the desired direction to change the size of the system icons

I would've posted a screen shot for this, but I don't have enough points.

Best of luck! :)

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Thank you. Works great for all desktop icons!

Spen53 gravatar imageSpen53 ( 2016-04-20 07:13:46 -0600 )edit

answered 2015-11-12 11:11:35 -0600

kenwong gravatar image

Launch Files. In the top right corner, click on an icon that gives you a pull down, in which you can slide a bar to change the size of file icons including those on your desktop.

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answered 2017-06-29 22:40:11 -0600

Going below 48px requires changing the Nautilus source code and recompiling. (Yes, they hard-coded icons sizes.)


1. Install the following dependencies:

libgd-dev autotools-dev libexif-dev libexempi-dev libselinux1-dev libtracker-sparql-1.0-dev libext-dev libxml2-dev libgnome-desktop-3-dev

Each one installs a bunch of other stuff, so hopefully I've given you the correct parent package name. I apologize for not recalling with 100% accuracy exactly what I installed, but this looks fairly correct to me immediately after my install. (Notify me if I'm inaccurate anywhere.)

2. Download from the Nautilus snapshots website ( ) the version of Nautilus that you are currently using. To find that out, run "nautilus --version" from the terminal. After downloading the archive, unzip it to whatever directory you want to work from.

3. From within the unzipped package, open the file "nautilus-icon-info.h". Within the first several lines you will see various sizes designated for the particular scroll-setting options. For instance, within the file for version 3.20.4 the icon sizes start on line 36. Change each of those levels to whatever you want to use so that you can make the icons much smaller (or larger).

4. After editing and saving the file, it's time to configure, compile, and install. Run the following commands from the terminal from within the base directory of the version of nautilus that you have downloaded and unzipped. Make sure that you are within the base of the folder structure of the nautilus directories!

sudo make install

This can be run altogether with the command "./configure && make && make install".

If the ./configure command fails it's because you are missing some other dependencies. I apologize if my list of dependencies above was incomplete. Google (or whatever search engine you want) to find what package it is that you need. You can use Synaptic to search for what you need if you're unsure even after Googling.

Once installed, I suggest a reboot just to make sure that every single thing is reloaded properly. You can now tweak your icon sizes as you wish.

Have fun!

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answered 2015-12-30 13:54:44 -0600

Eric Leschinski gravatar image

How to change an icon picture in fedora 23, from the icon itself.

  1. Right click the icon launcher you want to change.
  2. Click "Edit application"
  3. Choose: "File type options"
  4. In the upper left there will be a photo of the icon, it doesn't look clickable, but it is. Click that.
  5. Choose a different icon, or press browse to pick a different one.
  6. Press OK.

From the KDE menu editor

  1. Right click the KDE Menu Editor
  2. Edit applications.
  3. Find your icon. Click it once.
  4. On the right, see the icon it represents, click that.
  5. Browse and choose a different icon.
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