How to find an icon used in a menu?

David Mohr squisher at
Wed Feb 4 23:14:56 CET 2009

On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM, Chris G <cl at> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 04, 2009 at 02:05:01PM -0800, Bob Snyder wrote:
>> Bob S.
>> Chris G wrote:
>>> I'd like to use one of the icons that appears in one of the
>>> Applications menus against a program.  What's the easiest way to find
>>> where the icon is stored and its filename?
>>> It's in the 'include' external menu entry in the Menu Editor so one
>>> can't find it that way.
>> This is the brute force way, but easy to remember. With Thunar set for
>> "View as icons", look in:
>> /usr/share/icons/<your_icon_theme>/<size_category>/apps
>> Or possibly one of the other folders there. Not all icons come in all
>> available sizes, so you might have to search all of them. I always look in
>> scalable first.
> Ah, but it's not there I don't think, that's the problem.  I want a
> way to find it from the link that *must* exist from the Applications
> menu.
> I'm specifically looking for the VirtualBox icon so I can use for a
> launcher in the panel.

Have you tried using xfce4-appfinder and then drag&dropping to create
the launcher? That should give you the right icon automagically.


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