change icon size

Asked by Dominik on 2010-10-03

How can I change the icon size of the indicator applet? It doesn't change on panel resizing, like application symbols does.
My grandmother wants it larger because she can't see (and click it) at normal size. She has a fresh installation of Ubuntu 10.04.

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Sam_ (and-sam) said : #1

Complete sympathize with granny. You may join the appended bug report.

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #2

set the screen resolutions to a lower setting .so you change all the displays .

marcus aurelius (adbiz) said : #3

right click on the panel.
click properties
on "size:" enter any huge number. like 57 and the icons will increase to that number of pixels.

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #4

system - preference -appearance -at the bottom of the first page customize -controls -select high contrastinverse -then at the top of the same select color set to what will make her happy .

Dominik (dominik.k) said : #5

Thanks a lot for your answers.

I posted this question to check if I'm too stupid to find the solution or if it is a bug. A (simple) search for "size" in package (?) "indicator-applet" [1] returned "no bug found". I'm surprised that bug #359384 [2], which I got from the linked bug, wasn't found, even though it has "resize" in its title. If i search for "resize" I would have found it. Is this a launchpad bug?

The next "confusion" I've found is that the website link in the "info window" (right click on panel app > info) from both the session indicator *1 and the application indicator *2 points to "". Therefore I put the question herein.
The icon I meant is the turn off symbol (circle with a vertical line on the border). So, which is the correct name for this application *1 and how do you distinguish the other one?

@greg: I thought about changing resolution before. This sounds for me like rough tuning (most of the monitors allow about 3 different resolutions), but it should be more fine tuning. Also, at some resolutions, the display isn't that sharp.
It is more a problem of size than contrast.

@marcus: Your solutions works with the notification area but not for the session and application indicator panel apps (according to the bug reports).

*1 German name: "Sitzungsanzeige", one part of it apparently called "Me Menu" (
*2 German name: "Benachrichtungsanzeige"


GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #6

i see that the problem is really the shut down button here is something for you to look at ,
 right click the panel -add to panel - scroll down to shut down ,click it then at the bottom click add . this will give you a good sized red button that is easy to see .

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #7

 if you like just remove the old one from the panel , and move the new one where you need .

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #8

That is what the bug is about, indicator-applets don't resize when resizing the panel per pixel, the rest does.
How did I find the bug.
Inserted in search box of firefox:
ubuntu can't resize indicator-applet

First entry 'UbuntuBugDay', open it.
indicator-applet icon doesn't resize
almost at the bottom of the page the bug is displayed.

Regarding indicator-applets, they're applications (packages) with dependencies.
Which are (at the moment) not (meant to be) highly configurable.
message applet sticks together with speaker symbol.
me-menu sticks together with session applet.
They're all connected via dbus.
It's kind of a cleanup going on regarding too many different icons, instead it'll merge all together.
Notification area will be skipped sooner than later in an upcoming release.



So if you remove whatever applet you better know missing related packages in order to roll back.

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #9

But they'll change colors in the future.

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #10

i found a way that some people might want to use
system - preference -appearance - customize - icons -high contrast inverse . if you remove the shut down then use add to panel and add the shut down . this will enlarge everything but the speaker + envalope

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