How To Use Themes and Icons on Various Linux Desktop

All the Linux distros come with a set of default themes and icons, which are quite beautiful and eye-catching. But after a certain period, you may want to change the display flavor of your system. There are lots of Best Icon and Themes out there, which can be used to completely change the outlook display of the Linux files, icons, window manager, and much more. Literally, it can totally change the display flavor of your Linux distros.

Here I will show you how to use themes and icons on the various Linux desktop environment, before that you can check out All in one Best Linux Themes Lab to select and install the elegant and magnificent desktop beautifiers.

How to Install Icon and Themes


Installing Icon and Themes is very easy and straightforward. You can download the themes and Icons as “.zip” format, or install or use specific command from the Linux Terminal to install it.

  • Download the themes or icons manually and extract them to “~/.icons” in Home directory (create if not there) or /usr/share/icons into file systems.

How to Use Themes and Icons


So you have learned how to install themes and icons on your system. Now you have to install Tweak tool or use the default options to implement those themes and icons.

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GNOME Desktop


For full customization of Gnome shell, Gnome Tweak tool is very effective. It provides many options to customize all the icons, extension and windows. At first, you have to install it on your Linux. If it is not installed you should open terminal emulator to install it.

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Gnome Tweak tool Appearance

  • Gnome Tweak Tool >> Appearance >> Choose the Icon from the drop-down box followed by “Icons” or Choose the theme from the drop-down box followed by “GTK+” >> Finally close the App

Unity Desktop


  • Unity Tweak Tool >> Appearance >> Icon >> Choose the desired Icon or Theme from the list >> Finally close the App

Run the following command to install Ubuntu tweak tools.

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

After installing, open the tweak tools and go to themes and icons tab. Here you will find all the installed themes and icons.

Ubuntu tweak tool for gtk theme
Ubuntu tweak tool for gtk theme

Cinnamon Desktop


  • Menu >> Appearances >> System Settings >> Theme >> Choose the desired icon from the drop-down box >> Finally close the System Settings
  • Menu >> Appearances >> System Settings >> Theme >> Choose the desired theme from the drop-down box on “Window borders”, “Controls” & “Desktop”>> Finally close the System Settings

LXDE Desktop


  • Menu >> Appearances >> Customize Look and Feel >> Icon Theme >> Choose the desired icon from the list >> Apply >> Finally close
  • Menu >> Appearances >> Customize Look and Feel >> Widget >> Choose the desired theme from the list >> Apply >> Finally close

XFCE Desktop


  • Menu >> Settings >> Appearance >> Icons “Choose the desired icon from the list” >> Finally close
  • Menu >> Settings >> Appearance >> Style “Choose the desired theme from the list” >> Finally close

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