Application Icons on Panel Desktops and Iconified

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at
Wed May 18 07:59:37 CEST 2005

Erik Harrison wrote:
> On 5/17/05, Rich Shepard <rshepard at> wrote:
>>   I looked at the on-line 4.2 documents without finding the answer I seek.
>>   Rather than having the generic three-block icon on the panel's desktop widgets
>>and when an application (such as pine or slrn) is iconified, I'd like to
>>specify a graphic to be used. What can I read to learn how to do this?
>>   When I open applications such as firefox, emacs, the GIMP, jpilot, and
>>other GUI apps their icons are place on the panel's desktop widgets, and on
>>the minimized icon. But, console apps do not offer the same behaviors out of
>>the box.
>>   I thought that Olivier had a solution to this back in the xfce-2 or -3
>>days, but I cannot find it in my e-mail archive. I also did not find an
>>answer searching the foo-project archive via the xfce web site. (Of course, I
>>might not have had the proper search term to use.)
> This is not available. Since the various Xfce components use
> libxfcegui4 to manage window lists and window icons and the like, you
> could patch it to add this kind of functionality, but I truly doubt it
> would be merged.
> The place to put this, in the ideal world, it in the terminal
> emulator, which changes it's icon and that percolates to all standard
> compliant tools, Xfce and otherwise.

You can use something like devilspie to force a different icon to a program.

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