Reduce Applications Icon Size in GNOME Shell

Edit /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css

...
/* Application Launchers and Grid */

.icon-grid {
  spacing: 36px;
  -shell-grid-horizontal-item-size: 118px;
  -shell-grid-vertical-item-size: 118px;
}

.icon-grid .overview-icon {
  icon-size: 96px;
}
...

to

...
/* Application Launchers and Grid */

.icon-grid {
  spacing: 18px;
  -shell-grid-horizontal-item-size: 96px;
  -shell-grid-vertical-item-size: 96px;
}

.icon-grid .overview-icon {
  icon-size: 48px;
}
...

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2 thoughts on “Reduce Applications Icon Size in GNOME Shell”

  1. Helpful and clear, thanks for sharing.

    In my case (fresh install of ubuntu GNOME 14.04) this was efficient in re-dispatching the elements (containers) of the applications grid but did not change the icons size.

    I also had to edit the /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/iconGrid.js file. Line 14 in this file now reads const ICON_SIZE = 48; instead of const ICON_SIZE = 96;

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