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#1 2017-12-23 00:08:57

Yupy
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Registered: 2017-12-23
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Desktop Icon Spacing

I know this is an old topic I didn't wanted to create a double post.

I want to lower the vertical icons spacing on the desktop icons, I'm using Linux Mint 18.3 XFCE (I guess is the latest version of xfce) I tried the above didn't worked I found something similar on the net also not working maybe because of old posts.

TY!

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#2 2017-12-23 00:19:57

ToZ
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Re: Desktop Icon Spacing

Hello and welcome.

I split your post off to it's own thread. You posted in one that was 11 years old - a lot has changed since then.

Desktop icon spacing in te GTK2 version of xfdesktop can be affected via gtk overrides. They are documented here. Specifically the "cell-spacing". "cell-padding", and "cell-text-width-proportion" settings.

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#3 2017-12-23 01:02:03

Yupy
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Re: Desktop Icon Spacing

Ty for the reply @ToZ!

It worked I edited the main.rc file from the gtk-2.0 theme dir.

Much appreciated!

Last edited by Yupy (2017-12-23 01:12:59)

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#4 2018-01-15 00:18:04

Yupy
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Re: Desktop Icon Spacing

Hello, I updated the xfdesktop to xfdesktop-gtk3 and many others is there a way that I can use this:

style "xfdesktop-icon-view" {
  XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 0
  XfdesktopIconView::selected-label-alpha = 100
  XfdesktopIconView::shadow-x-offset = 0
  XfdesktopIconView::shadow-y-offset = 1
  XfdesktopIconView::selected-shadow-x-offset = 0
  XfdesktopIconView::selected-shadow-y-offset = 1
  XfdesktopIconView::shadow-color = "#000000"
  XfdesktopIconView::selected-shadow-color = "#000000"
  XfdesktopIconView::shadow-blur-radius = 2
  XfdesktopIconView::cell-spacing = 2
  XfdesktopIconView::cell-padding = 2
  XfdesktopIconView::cell-text-width-proportion = 1.7

  fg[NORMAL] = @selected_fg_color
  fg[ACTIVE] = @selected_fg_color
}

This is what removes the gap:

  XfdesktopIconView::cell-spacing = 2
  XfdesktopIconView::cell-padding = 2
  XfdesktopIconView::cell-text-width-proportion = 1.7

To work with GTK3 in order to reduce the spacing from the desktop icons?

Last edited by Yupy (2018-01-15 02:09:05)

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#5 2018-01-16 01:52:51

ToZ
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Re: Desktop Icon Spacing

I would have thought that something like:

-XfdesktopIconView-cell-spacing: 2px;

...would have worked (like something similar in xfce4-panel), but it doesn't. I can't figure out how to control those options through GTK3 - maybe they weren't migrated.

Perhaps you could open a bug report against xfdesktop and one of the developers could provide some insight.

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#6 2018-01-18 21:26:06

ToZ
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Re: Desktop Icon Spacing

My bad. Here are the settings in GTK3 (~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css):

* {
-XfdesktopIconView-cell-spacing: 2px;
-XfdesktopIconView-cell-padding: 2px;
-XfdesktopIconView-text-width-proportion: 1.7;
}

(I was missing the "*{ } ")

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#7 2021-07-03 22:51:03

gce
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Re: Desktop Icon Spacing

Hi ToZ, just signed up to correct the CSS selector to

.view, iconview

, like so:

.view, iconview {
-XfdesktopIconView-cell-spacing: 6; /* inside item, icon to text space */
-XfdesktopIconView-cell-padding: 8; /* space between items */
-XfdesktopIconView-cell-text-width-proportion: 1.6;
-XfdesktopIconView-label-radius: 1.4;
}

(these are my settings, nevermind the values.)

The problem I encountered when using a catch-all selector like * is having every application take 1 to 2 seconds longer to open.  It seems like GTK is applying the properties to every selector it can find, which would make technical sense and be the correct behavior for *.

Anyway, just for the sake of postmortem completeness: I discovered this by peeking at my current XFCE theme located in /usr/share/themes/.../gtk-3.0/gtk.css, was trying to find a way to shed the notorious slow down in app start up times. 

Cheers.  I know this is an old thread but it is also the most accurate result on duckduckgo so, there you go.

Last edited by gce (2021-07-03 22:54:46)

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#8 2021-07-03 23:31:46

ToZ
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Re: Desktop Icon Spacing

You are right. I corrected this in a later thread and indicated that you could also use the "XfdesktopIconView.view" selector, but ".view, iconview" should also work.

Thanks for the correction and welcome to the forum.

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