While changing the icons on the top panel that are used to launch Firefox and Thunderbird makes the display screen look more like the good old days, when either program is actually run, the Mint-version of the relevant icon is displayed in the tab on the bottom panel. If we can change the icon on the top panel, we can probably change the icon on the bottom panel – so as to be consistent – and prettier!
I found a web posting that shows how to change the icons – and even promises to provide a set of ready-made icons for the purpose. Unfortunately, the link to the revised icons proved to be broken so I used the method provided, but had to create my own set of icons. However, for anyone interested I will make my version of the icons available.
The bottom line – which may be overkill but it works – is that the four image files firefox.png, firefox-3.0.png, firefox-3.5.png, and firefox-4.0.png all need to be replaced in each of the directories 16, 22, 24, 32, 48 in the folder /usr/share/icons/Mint-X/apps.
The method is to download a program logo as an image file, resize it to 16×16 pixels, and save the smaller file in /usr/share/icons/Mint-X/apps/16 as firefox.png. Precisely the same, small image is then also saved as firefox-3.0.png, firefox-3.5.png, and firefox-4.0.png in the same folder. (I don’t know why there are four identical files – I’m just following a set of instructions that I found to work!) This process is then repeated for the 22×22, 24×24, etc. images in the relevant folders.
The file /usr/share/icons/Mint-X/apps/48/firefox.png is that normally used for the program launcher. I don’t know which of the smaller versions is used for the program’s tab but, by replacing all of the files, we seem to have all bases covered. Similarly, there is an additional sub-folder named /usr/share/icons/Mint-X/apps/scalable; however, there was no mention of replacing any files in this folder, nor does there seem any need to do so.
While the process is simple, creating all those image files is somewhat tedious so my version is available as a downloadable zip file (foxbird_icons.zip 314 KB). Note that a newly-revised icon has recently been developed for Firefox and it is this new version that is included in the archive.
My final task was to have the program launcher icons point to the “newly-minted” icons, e.g. point the icon in the program launcher for Firefox to /usr/share/icons/Mint-X/apps/48/firefox.png (see the previous post for how to do this) and then, to keep things tidy, delete the file /usr/share/icons/Mint-X/apps/48/firefox.png that was used in my earlier fix.
Non-standard Firefox logos in Firefox
A New Firefox Logo for a New Firefox Era