[Quick fix] Restore missing icons in GTK apps when using KDE

9 Dec

I have been using KDE 4.13.3 on KXStudio 14.04 for a while, and I noticed that when some GTK apps (Evolution 3.10 and Firefox 42 for example) used a file chooser (not the native KDE one), some icons were missing, which was particularly annoying when you couldn’t differentiate files and folders.

I am not sure how this happened in the first place, but the fix is very simple. The thing I did not know is that KDE handles the GTK looks from its system settings. Do the following:

  1. Got to System Settings > Application Appearance > GTK;
  2. Change the icon themes selected, press “Apply”;
  3. Change them back to what you want – probably “Oxygen” as default and “GNOME” as fallback, press “Apply”.

There you go. I got the file chooser icons back, plus a bunch of missing ones in Evolution too.

[Ref: After a lot of poking around, I found the solution on this Gentoo forum post.]

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