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Icon handling


The window manager expects to find two XPM files for each icon specified in the configuration files as ICON. They should be named like this:

  • ICON_16x16.xpm

    A small 16x16 pixmap.

  • ICON_32x32.xpm

    A normal 32x32 pixmap.

  • ICON_48x48.xpm

    A large 48x48 pixmap.

Other pixmap sizes like 20x20, 24x24, 40x40, 48x48, 64x64 might be used in the future. Perhaps we need a file format that can contain more than one image (with different sizes and color depths) like Windows’95 and OS/2 .ICO files.

It would be nice to have a feature from OS/2 that varies the icon size with screen resolution (16x16 and 32x32 icons are quite small on 4000x4000 screens ;-)


When icewm was configured with the --enable-gdk-pixbuf option all of GdkPixbuf’s image formats are supported. Use them by specifying the full filename or an absolute path:

  • ICON.bmp

    A PPM icon in your IconPath.

  • /usr/share/pixmap/ICON.png

    An PNG image with absolute location.

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