Ubuntu – Gnome-shell.css does not exist


I'm using Ubuntu Gnome 16.04.1 and want to resize the icons in the dash. Therefore I wanted to edit the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/themes/gnome-shell.css

This file does not exist, but rather the file "gnome-shell.css.save", which I can't open. Any ideas?

And is this even the right file to change the icon size? I am not talking about the desktop icons, but the icons the the dash.

I know there have been lots of similar questions, but I googled all night and couldnt find the right answer.

Thanks a lot.

Best Answer

You can grab a copy of the default shell css here:

You can indeed use this as a base to override the default shell styling like increasing the font size.

Get the User Theme extension:

Create a directory:
mkdir $HOME/.themes/new-theme-name/gnome-shell

Copy that Gnome basefile to it:

cd $HOME/.themes/new-theme-name/gnome-shell
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/GNOME/gnome-shell/master/data/theme/gnome-shell.css

Append the very end of the file with your desired "overrides".

/* Increase font size here */
stage {
    font-family: cantarell, sans-serif;
    font-size: 14pt;
    color: white;

Using the tweak-tool switch to your new theme.

I realize the OP asked about icons, but this should be a similar process.

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