Get Colorful Icons in LibreOffice on Linux Mint

By default, LibreOffice in Linux Mint has monochrome icons in the toolbar. They look stylish and nice. However, some users prefer the colorful icon set, because it is easier for them to recognize certain features. In this article, we'll see how to change the grey icons to colored ones.

Colorful Icons Libre Office Linux MintModern versions of LibreOffice support toolbar themes. When such themes are installed, the user can switch between them on-the-fly. In Linux Mint, only a single toolbar theme for LibreOffice is available. It is called "Human", and has monochrome icons. See the following screenshot:

Libreoffice Default Toolbar

The idea of using monochrome glyphs or icons is getting popular in many Linux apps. Besides LibreOffice, the upcoming version of the open source "Adobe Photoshop" equivalent, GIMP, is also getting a set of monochrome icons by default.

I like how these icons look. However, sometimes it is really hard to spot a toolbar button when all icons have a similar appearance. Don't forget that the purpose of icons is to convey the function. Let's make LibreOffice a bit more colorful to resolve the issue.

To get colorful icons in LibreOffice on Linux Mint, do the following.

Close all running apps of the LibreOffice suite. Exit Writer, Calc etc.

Now, go to System - Software Manager in the app menu. Here is the screenshot from XFCE4, but in other desktop environments, the procedure is the same.

Mint Menu Software Manager

Enter your password when prompted.

Mint Software Manager Enter Your Password

Now, search for the package named libreoffice-style-tango. You can type its name in the search box of the Software Manager.

Mint Software Manager Libreoffice Style Tango

Click the libreoffice-style-tango row in the search output and install the package. It is a small package which will be installed quickly.

Mint Install Libreoffice Style Tango

Now, run any LibreOffice app, for example, Writer.

In its menu, go to Tools - Options.

On the left, go to LibreOffice - View.

On the Right - pick the Galaxy theme under "Icon style" as shown below.

Get Colorful Icons In LibreOffice On Linux Mint

Now you have colorful icons in the toolbar.

Colorful Icons Libre Office Linux Mint

That's it.

One thought on “Get Colorful Icons in LibreOffice on Linux Mint

  1. Jozsef

    This is much appreciated. We are in an era of fashion over substance so that UI designers will make something harder to use for reasons that don’t make a lot of sense to anyone but them. I used to go through some bother to restore colored icons to Apple’s Finder before I lost my love for that company and their glued together computers. ;)

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