Change Workspace Icons and Labels
Adding icons to workspaces can give your desktop a nice and functional look.
Icons are actually characters from fonts installed by Regolith looks. Each look comes with a specific icon font. The icon font is defined in the
typeface_bar variable in the
typeface config file. For example, the look “Cahuella” uses the Material Design Icons font (see file
You can browse the icon font using the Gnome Character Map application from the
- Open “Gnome Character Map”.
- Select your icon font in the top left combo.
- In the script pane select Common.
- Scroll down the characters pane until you find the icons.
- Double click on the icon you are looking to use and press the Copy button (bottom right).
Tip: the icons are ordered alphabetically.
Follow these steps to override the default workspace label with your own:
- Find the character you want to use and copy to the clipboard. This example will use the Sigma glyph from Material Design Icons font ().
- Add a line to your
Xresourcesoverrides file with the workspace number and character you wish to use:
$ echo "i3-wm.workspace.06.name: 6:" >> ~/.config/regolith/Xresources
- Refresh your UI:
$ regolith-look refresh
In i3, workspace labels are only updated when a workspace is created. Ensure you’re creating an new workspace 6 if following the example above:
The same approach can be used to specify textual descriptions of your workspaces. For example, adding the following lines to your
~/.config/regolith/Xresources file will change the first three workspaces:
i3-wm.workspace.01.name: 1: Terminal i3-wm.workspace.02.name: 2: Web i3-wm.workspace.03.name: 3: Chat
Adding support for icon fonts in text editors
- Append the name of the icon font to
Settings > Editor > Font Familly.
Menlo, Consolas, DejaVu Sans Mono, monospace, Material Design Icons
See the reference page for configurations for more details about config files in Regolith.
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