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The Windows emacs toolbar icons are ugly. I just can't use it like this.

Where can I find better icons (like the ones I see in Ubuntu's Emacs) and how do I change them?


(I wasn't sure if this was better suited for SU or SO or not, so feel free to move it if that's the case.)

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Build a gtk version? – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Jun 8 '11 at 5:55
I'd rather not build anything from scratch... I've had painful experiences with building *nix programs. – Mehrdad Jun 8 '11 at 5:57

Which Emacs build for Windows are you using? The GNU one? EmacsW32, which IIRC may have different icons?)

Actually after quite some time of using Emacs I finally went and simply turned off the toolbar. Given that your productivity in Emacs depends somewhat on you being able to drive it via the keyboard anyway, after a little while the toolbar only takes up screen real estate and you gain a couple of lines of code you can look at instead.

So my advice would be instead of spending time to hunt down an improved icon set I would suggest you add the following line to your .emacs and make use of the additional screen real estate :) :

(tool-bar-mode -1)
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Eh... I'll do that when I become more pro at it... also, the icons are the same. – Mehrdad Jun 10 '11 at 1:47

I would try adding nice iconset to where Windows keep icon themes for GTK apps, like described here.

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Process Monitor is telling me that Emacs doesn't touch any GTk folder at all, so that wouldn't actually work. In fact, it seems like Emacs stores the pictures in its \etc\images folder, so that's the right place. But the question is: Where do I get the GTk-like icons in the right format? It seems like it's using its own "pixmap" format... – Mehrdad Jun 8 '11 at 12:52
I am not an expert in Windows builds of Linux soft, but this chapter, D6 says that emacs can be built without gtk widget set support... – Roman Grazhdan Jun 8 '11 at 13:24

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