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I was wondering how I go about replacing the text at the top left of the wingpanel from Applications to the official Elementary OS logo. Can anyone please help me there is a similar question posted on this site but doesn't work for the current version of OS. The link to the similar questoin is '''How to replace wingpanel's "Applications" text with a icon in Freya'''

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    The only way is to find where it is in wingpanel. There is wingpanel official repo at git. So download, change and then compile. You can search my posts about wingpanel here. I described how to modify wingpanel and compile it. The problem is that every time wingpanel will be updated by the system updater or via the terminal by apt upgrade, it will overwrite the change and you will have to change it every time. The only way to make it easier is to rearrange wingpanel and write additional code which will be responsible for easy changing the text to logo. If you need a guide I can create it. – Sysadmin May 12 at 18:27
  • Sir, it would be very nice of you if you create the code. The reason i am not doing it myself is because I am still learning to use it properly and also i tried some other modifications to my theme which broke the UI so i had to reinstall it. – Isaam Ahmed May 15 at 11:00
  • Hello I am not developer of Elementary OS. – Sysadmin May 15 at 15:00
  • Okay I guess we will have to wait for someone to make a proper mod file.... – Isaam Ahmed May 15 at 17:15
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The final solution: How to replace the magnifier/search icon using Inkscape

See like this as an example:

 /usr/share/icons/McMojave-circle-dark/actions/symbolic/system-search-symbolic.svg

So replace the icon using

sudo inkscape (to run as root) 

with the elementary OS logo. I suppose you know how to open the mentioned svg file in Inkscape and do it. Save it. Then hide the Applications name using my method described above and the issue is solved.

Examples of paths where the icon can be stored:

/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/16x16/actions/system-search-symbolic.symbolic.png
/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/24x24/actions/system-search-symbolic.symbolic.png
/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/32x32/actions/system-search-symbolic.symbolic.png
/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/48x48/actions/system-search-symbolic.symbolic.png
/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/64x64/actions/system-search-symbolic.symbolic.png
/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/96x96/actions/system-search-symbolic.symbolic.png
/usr/share/icons/Adwaita/scalable/actions/system-search-symbolic.svg
/usr/share/icons/McMojave-circle/actions/symbolic/system-search-symbolic.svg
/usr/share/icons/McMojave-circle-dark/actions/symbolic/system-search-symbolic.svg
/usr/share/icons/Paper/scalable/actions/system-search-symbolic.svg
/usr/share/icons/elementary/actions/24/system-search-symbolic.svg
/usr/share/icons/elementary/actions/symbolic/system-search-symbolic.svg

Or just replace the file. Zipped logos for you.

Zipped logos in new format

Zipped logo in old format

Explanation: Types of Elementary OS logo

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  • WOW!!!!! That worked thank you very much @Sysadmin – Isaam Ahmed May 18 at 8:25
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    You welcome. :) Older logo looks much better IMHO. Anyway I did it on my machine and I think this way is much easier, than changing the source code and recompiling it - yes, this is also possible and I know how to do it, however I always bear in mind, that each time the Elementary OS developer releases the upgrade it overwrites the change. This way with css and icon replacement it will not overwrite it and even after the upgrade it will be still the way it has been changed. – Sysadmin May 18 at 9:02
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For elementary-x theme you need to edit it here:

/home/yourusername/.themes/elementary-x/gtk-3.0/apps.css

or if you have it in:

/usr/share/themes/elementary-x/gtk-3.0/apps.css

Depends on where did you install the theme for user or for all users.

https://github.com/surajmandalcell/elementary-x/blob/master/README.md

As you can read here:

 git clone https://github.com/surajmandalcell/elementary-x.git ~/.themes/elementary-x

This copies the git to user location.

 sudo mv /home/yourusername/.themes/elementary-x /usr/share/themes

will move it to the location where the theme will be accessible for all users - just an explanation for those who have only one machine and many users.

Check this: https://github.com/surajmandalcell/elementary-x/blob/master/gtk-3.0/apps.css

So the tutorial will look like this below:

Type in terminal for example like below: (bear in mind that elementary-x is a name of my theme which I am using currently, the default one is /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0/gtk.css)

sudo vim /usr/share/themes/elementary-x/gtk-3.0/apps.css

hit button with symbol / on a keyboard type .panel.maximized to find this section and hit enter.

hit insert to edit file

comment it out like that for example:

/** .panel.maximized {
     background-color: #000; }
 **/

and then put this into this file below the commented our fragment:

.panel.maximized > .horizontal:first-child > :first-child, 
.panel.color-dark > .horizontal:first-child > :first-child {
    font-size:0px;
}

hit esc on a keyboard and then type :x and hit enter to save and exit.

Log out and log in again. Applications text will disappear.

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Solution which removes Applications name from the panel

If you do not have vim, then install it with below command in terminal:

sudo apt install vim

Then type in terminal for example like below: (bear in mind that Nordic is a name of my theme which I am using currently, the default one is /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0/gtk.css)

 sudo vim /usr/share/themes/Nordic/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

hit button with symbol / on a keyboard type .panel.maximized to find this section and hit enter.

hit insert to edit file

comment it out like that for example:

/** .panel.maximized {
    background-color: #000; }
 **/

and then put this into this file below the commented our fragment:

.panel.maximized > .horizontal:first-child > :first-child, 
.panel.color-dark > .horizontal:first-child > :first-child {
    font-size:0px;
}

hit esc on a keyboard and then type :x and hit enter to save and exit.

Log out and log in again. Applications text will disappear.

Source: Remove the Applications text on the top panel in Elementary OS

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  • I guess it works only with selected themes as I trued with elementary-x and Flat-Remix-GTK-Blue-Darkest-NoBorder but no result.... – Isaam Ahmed May 17 at 5:32
  • Can You provide a link where I can download elementary-x theme please? I will test it. – Sysadmin May 17 at 7:47
  • OK. Got it: github.com/surajmandalcell/elementary-x – Sysadmin May 17 at 8:15
  • Solution added above for elementary-x – Sysadmin May 17 at 8:36
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This solution is wrong, below is correct solution. Treat this as a way of investigation, please.

Above

 /** .panel.maximized {
    background-color: #000; }
 **/

You will find:

/*********
 * Panel *
 ********/
.panel {
  background-color: transparent;
  transition: all 100ms ease-in-out;}

Change it to:

/*********
 * Panel *
 ********/
.panel {
  background-color: transparent;
  transition: all 100ms ease-in-out;
  background-image: url("elementaryicon.png");
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  font-size:0px !important; }

And put the elementary os icon 15x15 px or 20x20 px in directory where gtk.css or apps.css file is located. See guide above.

The only one thing left to solve it - how to get rid the magnifier icon.

Small edit:

The text is hard-coded here: https://github.com/elementary/applications-menu/blob/master/src/Indicator.vala#L75, and the icon three lines below that: https://github.com/elementary/applications-menu/blob/master/src/Indicator.vala#L78

I also wish they were customizable, but I doubt upstream is interested in supporting this kind of minor tweak (The elementary OS design is intended to be good enough that small tweaks like this are not important).

Anyway I will try to download it and recompile it the way I want. Just need to figure it out, where or how this search icon is rendered. Then the simple replacement and recompilation should just replace the search icon with the Elementary OS logo.

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