[Libreoffice] [PATCH] set the icons size based on the DPI just like we do on Mac

Christian Lohmaier lohmaier+libreoffice at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 5 10:40:27 PST 2011

Hi Christoph, *,

On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM, Christoph Noack <christoph at dogmatux.com> wrote:
> [...]
> Mmh, I'm unsure how much it helps to compare the different applications.
>      * gedit is a native Gnome application and respects their desktop
>        guidelines. --> 24x24 px toolbar icons, text below (always)

Well - not always. It respects gnome's theme settings which in turn
style GTK accordingly. So when you untick "show labels", you won't get
them. Similarily when you choose a different theme that defines a
different icon size, you'll get a different icon size. (same when
setting it in your ~/.gtkrc-2.0 manually)

I'd freak out if I had to see the labels all over the place :-)

But as 16x16 is the default size for icons in menus themselves, this
size is covered by the important themes as well (with no scaling

> Moreover, one of our main problems is, that we do offer too many toolbar
> elements per default ... thus we have to omit the labels and "hitting"
> the buttons gets harder (due to their small size).

I disagree
Hitting a button that is still 16x16 is not "hard" (on 1680x1050, even
less so on smaller resolutions) unless you're disabled in some way,
but in that case you probably use a bigger theme anyway.

> Here is some more information ...
> Platform Differences (scroll a bit down, please)
> http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Platform_UI_Differences#Differences
> How Toolbars and Labels are Used within Gnome
> http://library.gnome.org/devel/hig-book/stable/toolbars-labels-tooltips.html.en

Note that it is always prefixed with "If your toolbar is configure to
show labels ..."
So the "always" from above is not really true.

For icons themselves, also see


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