callmejoe wrote:i'm on mInt 18.3, using mint-y dark theme. is there an easy way to increase the size of the min,max,close buttons on the window?
I agree that those buttons are ridiculously small. Also, a gray color is being used more often instead of black. To the Linux developers that are involved in this design, I would say this: just wait until you start experiencing failing vision as you grow older.
Here is one solution. The icons used for the close
buttons in the Mint-Y-Dark
theme are found in /usr/share/themes/Mint-Y-Dark/metacity-1
, and are named close-icon.svg
, and min-icon.svg
. They are in the SVG
graphics format (scalable vector graphics) and 16x16 pixels in size.
If you look at the close-icon
in the picture below, the icon itself is 16x16 pixels but the image of the X is only 6x6 pixels. What is needed is a full 16x16 pixel X image.
If you look at the picture below, the 3 buttons on the left bar are the default buttons. The middle bar shows the custom buttons I created using GIMP and Inkscape. The bar on the right shows an optional maximize
button using a plus
First create 3 new 16x16 pixel icons in GIMP
with the same names. Then open them in Inkscape
and save them in the SVG
format in the Pictures
Open the File Manager, right click on the Pictures folder and select Open as Root
. Select the 3 new icons and Copy
them. Click File System
in the column on the left side and go to
. Right click on the close-icon.svg
, and min-icon.svg
icons and rename them one at a time. For example, rename close-icon.svg
. Then paste the 3 new icons you previously copied. Close the File Manager and restart Cinnamon by pressing Alt+F2
, then type the letter
and press ENTER
You can download my custom icons from imgur, at this link: https://imgur.com/a/0uO0uRg
They are in the PNG format because Imgur won’t accept the SVG format. You will have to open them in Inkscape and save them as .svg
files. Use this command in the Terminal to install Inkscape:
sudo apt install inkscape
After some more testing, the icons in PNG format don’t have to be converted to SVG format. You can just rename the icons with the .svg
extension. The only apparent problems I’ve found so far is that you can’t left click on it, to see the icon. You have to right click on it and select Open With
. You also won’t be able to access the pixel size or the actual graphics format info when the icon is right clicked and Properties
is selected. Just the file size.
There is an advantage of just renaming the icons. When Inkscape converts the icon format, often the pixel size of the icon is increased by 4 pixels, which is not good in this situation. I’m still not sure why this doesn’t happen all the time. Going above 16 pixels will prevent all of the icon from being displayed and it looks like some of the top and bottom were cut off. Inkscape can scale the icons back to the correct size but it’s not as easy to do as using GIMP. I don’t think most users want this added complexity.