How to find an icon used in a menu?

Chris G cl at
Wed Feb 4 23:42:13 CET 2009

On Wed, Feb 04, 2009 at 03:14:56PM -0700, David Mohr wrote:
> 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.
Ah, now this may be the answer.

Yes, it's there when I run xfce4-appfinder, however I'm a bit stuck on
how where to drag and drop it to.  (I'm not very good at modern GUIs
being a command line person in the main)

I have tried dragging and dropping straight into the panel, that
doesn't work. Ah, OK, I've got it, I have to drop it into the Program

Thanks, I have what I want now.  :-)

Chris Green

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