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Specifically, I want to swap out the Chrome icon for that of Chromium, as I find the former garish.

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If the icon is newly created or downloaded, and does not already exist in the icons directory, its suite of images at different dimensions will need to be placed in the respective subdirectories, eg:

cp chromium-browser.png ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/16x16/apps/  

Then to make the application reference the new icon, copy the relevant .desktop configuration file into your user directory structure if it's not already there:

cp /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/

Edit the .desktop file Icon property to reference the new name (without any suffixes):


All references to the application throughout the desktop should now appear with the new icon.

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I'd certainly appreciate anyone improving my terminology here. – Kate McKenzie Aug 13 '12 at 3:36

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