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Labeling of desktop icons

Postby Bergschreck on Mon May 14, 2012 1:52 am

I switched from Xubuntu to LMDE/Xfce and I'm wondering how I can configure the labeling of desktop icons. In Xubuntu all labels are on some inverse background. In LMDE this inverse background is missing (it's only present when a icon is active). So it's hard to read the labels. On a dark wallpaper black fonts are unreadable, and on a light wallpaper white fonts are unreadable. How can I make the labels look like in Xubuntu?
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Re: Labeling of desktop icons

Postby windtalker on Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:04 am

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Re: Labeling of desktop icons

Postby wyrdoak on Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:08 am

In your home folder ctrl+h the .gtkrc-xfce open with your text editor. This is what I have:
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style "xfdesktop-icon-view" {
    XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 0
   

    fg[NORMAL] = "#78ae5f"
    fg[SELECTED] = "#78ae5f"
    fg[ACTIVE] = "#78ae5f"
}
widget_class "*XfdesktopIconView*" style "xfdesktop-icon-view"


Background matches the wallpaper and I use the color picker in gimp to get the color code for the text. #000000 = Black #fffffff = White

The labal-alpha code set it higher about 70 will give you a backgound around you text if you want it, lower or higher if you wish.

for colors: add

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base[NORMAL] = "#3F6BA4"
base[SELECTED] = "#3F6BA4"
base[ACTIVE] = "#3F6BA4"


EDIT: Sorry that is for Maya-Xfce for LMDE-Xfce if you don't have it make a file .gtkrc-2.0 and use it, everything else should be the same.
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Re: Labeling of desktop icons

Postby edelle on Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:45 pm

To change font color of destop icons in Mint 13 xfce.......

Locate file .gtkrc-2.0 which is a hidden file
To find this file go to HOME then USER NAME
Then select SHOW HIDDEN FILES from the VIEW TAB
Open file .gtkrc-2.0 and you should see the following or similar.
I have changed the NORMAL/SELECTED/ACTIVE code
to FFFFFF which is white font color..........Dont forget to
save changes and then reboot for changes to take effect.
............................................................
style "xfdesktop-icon-view" {
XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 0

fg[NORMAL] = "#FFFFFF"
fg[SELECTED] = "#FFFFFF"
fg[ACTIVE] = "#FFFFFF"
}
widget_class "*XfdesktopIconView*" style "xfdesktop-icon-view"
.............................................................
Codes for differnt font colors can be found here........
http://www.computerhope.com/htmcolor.htm
http://www.ironspider.ca/format_text/fontcolor.htm
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Re: Labeling of desktop icons

Postby TriggerHappy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:38 am

Works a treat, thanks for taking the time to post this tip!
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Re: Labeling of desktop icons

Postby jjaythomas on Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:34 pm

Also a 'one (1) click alternative...

in LMDE repo's (not sure about Buntu based ones :oops: ) their still is the 'xfce-mintconfig' works great. one click to deactivate 'Box/Background and use either light or dark font for desktop icon.

Works easier if constantly changing wallpapers. :wink:

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Re: Labeling of desktop icons

Postby ander111 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:34 am

I've just installed Mint 14 XFCE and see that this still hasn't been addressed. Thanks for the solution—but wow, really? To do something this basic, we still have to search for help? Then add a bunch of code to a hidden config file? Then reboot?

Maybe this is a dumb question, but what's the point of including all those wallpapers if half of them make your desktop text disappear—and to fix it, you have to do something most Windows users would find ludicrously complicated?

Well, sorry to rant. I just don't understand how something like this could still be going on here in 2013... It's the kind of thing people used to complain about in Linux all the time. :?|
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Re: Labeling of desktop icons

Postby jungle_boy on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:55 am

Clem could implement to xfce version desktop icons labels like LM mate icons labels; it works fine with both white background and dark background.
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