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How do I change the folder icon to a custom picture icon?

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:52 am
by Shidifen
Is there a way to change to standard folder icon in Mint XFCE to a picture? For example, in XP I was able to download a picture of a kids' video character and convert the picture to an icon and use that as the icon of a video folder so my young son could see what videos the folder contained. So a picture of Dora would let him know that the folder contained Dora the Explorer videos.

Is the same thing possible with Mint?

Re: How do I change the folder icon to a custom picture icon?

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:50 am
by Spearmint2
you mean a link or launcher to the actual folder? sure, just create it and then change the properties of the icon to the image you want.

Re: How do I change the folder icon to a custom picture icon?

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:08 am
by Flemur
Shidifen wrote:Is there a way to change to standard folder icon in Mint XFCE to a picture?
A "sort-of" answer (limited set of pictures):
Try thunar -> rt-click on directory -> properties -> emblems.

I'm not sure what that's supposed to do because for me it just silently un-selects whatever emblem I've selected, but that could be because I'm running thunar in fluxbox (more buggy software, sigh).
Edit: same result in an Xfce session.

Edit2: fixed it; root owned some stuff in ~/.local/share/gvfs-metadata
Now it adds a small icon on top of the directory icon for a given directory.

Re: How do I change the folder icon to a custom picture icon?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:29 am
by Shidifen
Thanks Spearmint2 and Flemur. Sorry for taking so long to get back. I can't get either of those things to work. If I knew what folder contained the emblem icons then I might be able to make a few of my own and add them, if it was as easy as that. Thanks for the ideas though.

Re: How do I change the folder icon to a custom picture icon?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:48 am
by Shidifen
I found where the theme and emblem icons are stored. I'll read up on how to use them. Thanks again.

Re: How do I change the folder icon to a custom picture icon?

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:33 am
by notabit
Right click on folder you wish to customise > Properties > Basic. Drag an image file on to the folder image at top left. It works for me.

Re: How do I change the folder icon to a custom picture icon?

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:54 am
by JerryF
I don't know if this procedure works in all versions of Mint. I have 18.2 Cinnamon.

In file manager, right-click on the folder. Click on Properties.
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Click on the folder icon found on the left of Name:, Type:, Contents:
Search for a picture file and choose that. (You should be able to use almost any type of file---I tried a PNG, JPG, SVG---all worked)

This is what should show:
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Your customized folder:
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