How to change desktop icon text color on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon Edition

I know, it’s an extremely stupid issue!

Here is the solution:

Just go to /usr/share/themes/Adwaita/gtk-3.0/ and add the following text to the file named gtk.css:

.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item {
color: #FFFFFF;
text-shadow: 1px 1px @desktop_item_text_shadow;
}

.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item:selected {
background-color: alpha(#D64A38, 0.9);
background-image: none;
color: #FFFFFF;
text-shadow: none;
}

You can replace Adwaita with whatever theme you’re using and the color codes to whichever colors you choose (#FFFFFF is for white, which is perfect for me)

Credit goes to herunotenchi on https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/issues/3226

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8 Responses to How to change desktop icon text color on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon Edition

  1. Nicolai says:

    Thanks for share the solution. But if you open a not maximized window, the color of the Font change again to grey… In all themes. Exist any solution with always White text for the nemo desktop? Thanks again.

  2. Pturke says:

    Open a terminal window and past this in it.
    Logoff then login.

    echo “.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item {
    color: #FFFFFF;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px @desktop_item_text_shadow;
    }”>~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk-1.css

  3. Pturke says:

    Opps it should be:
    echo “.nemo-desktop.nemo-canvas-item {
    color: #FFFFFF;
    text-shadow: 1px 1px @desktop_item_text_shadow;
    }”>~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

  4. Diogo says:

    I try to modify the file as you say, but can’t because I get a message saying that it is protected…

  5. pcdummy says:

    Thank you!, The solution of Pturke worked for me.

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