How to change Start menu icon in Linux Mint

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DanieBlog - Okey, this article is a small tip to guide you how to change Start icon menu in Linux Mint.

Change Start menu icon with custom image

To do this, we will do the following.

Download an image

First, download an image with the icon you want to go to your computer. For example, I will go to Google and search for the following keyword.

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Search on Google for a PNG image.

Why did I choose PNG images, because these images often have transparent background.

I selected a 512×512 image and saved it to my computer, you can choose a different size image, as long as it is square.

For example, I will save the image to the Pictures folder on my computer.

Enable and change Start menu icon

Now, you right click on Start menu icon and choose Configure... like the image below.

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Right click Start menu icon and choose Configure.

A window will appear.

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Change menu icon with custom image.

In the image above, we just need to change 3 options in the Appearance section.

  • Use a custom icon: click ON.
  • Icon: point to the PNG image we downloaded earlier.
  • Text: leave blank.

Then close the window and done.


With only two very simple steps, you can change the icon menu optionally with any image you like. You can turn it into a typical MacOS icon or penguin image of Linux.

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