According to [elementaryosnewbie's answer on Reddit](https://www.reddit.com/r/elementaryos/comments/3fzd6s/tutorial_how_to_replace_the_applications_text_on). Thought it'd
be best to have this on the Elementary OS Stack Exchange. Big thanks
to him for sharing it. If this has already been posted I apologies for
the double post.

Here is how it looks: 

![Image 1](https://i.imgur.com/mexSh3a.png )

![Image 2](https://i.imgur.com/WmWj0tH.png )

![Image 3](https://i.imgur.com/jMVJfms.png)
 
 - Open file manager up as administrator and go to: `/usr/share/themes/name-of-your-theme-folder/gtk-3.0`

 - Place the icon you want to use in that folder.

 - Make sure the icon has proper permissions by right clicking on it, choosing `properties` > `more` > and making it `644-777` (read, write, and
executable by owner, group, everyone) or else wingpanel may not load.
(Alternatively you could issue `chmod 777 <icon name>.svg`)
 
 - Open up `/usr/share/themes/name-of-your-theme-folder/gtk-3.0/apps.css` in
Scratch, scroll down to the panel settings, find `.panel-app-button`,
and change what's in the {brackets} to what's below. (Default theme:
`/usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0` )

<!-- language: CSS -->

    .panel-app-button > GtkWidget > GtkWidget:first-child {
        padding: 0px 24px 0px 0px;
        font-size: 0px;
        background-image: url("icon.svg");
        background-repeat: no-repeat;
    }

 - Change the background image URL to the name of the icon that you placed in the `gtk-3.0` folder. The padding above is adjusted for a
24x24 icon but you can adjust it to fit something
bigger/smaller/wider, just change "24px" to the width of your image.

 - In terminal type: `killall wingpanel` to see the changes.

 **Some icons you may like**

 - ![](https://i.imgur.com/X649wp6.png) - [bulls-eye
   icon](https://i.imgur.com/X649wp6.png)

 - ![](https://i.imgur.com/Ru5nQc1.png) - [apple
   icon](http://i.imgur.com/Ru5nQc1.png) (Image may not be visible here
   because its color matches the background here.)

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