Enabling Image Icons in Eclipse

I think icons make sense and in general terms improve software usability if used properly. This applies to Eclipse as well. If you happen to use the context menu a lot, say for committing things to Git, you might be used to this:

No image icons in Eclipse

Note the plain context menu, which does not show any icons. Contrast this with this:

Image icons show in the context menu et. al.

Yay, icons show up 🙂 For those of you who wonder how to enable icons in Eclipse, here is how you can do this (assumes Fedora 15 and Gnome 3).

$ sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool
$ gnome-tweak-tool

Then go to “Interface” and turn on “Menus Have Icons”. It should look like this:

Gnome tweak tool with menu icons turned on

Edit (2015-01-28): If you want to do this in Fedora 20+ use the following. Taken from [1]:

Install dconf-editor and open dconf-editor:

$ sudo yum install dconf-editor
$ dconf-editor

Navigate to key org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings and change overrides from:



{'Gtk/MenuImages': <1>}

[1] http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?p=1680581#post1680581


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