GNOME 3 made a misuse of Gear Icons in many cases and it is now (3.14) time to correct this and standardize icons. This change seems insignificant, but it might confuse you at start when you will jump into GNOME 3.14.
Gear menus are a common feature of GNOME 3 style applications. Until now, the emblem-system-symbolic icon has been used for these button menus. There are two issues with this, which this goal aims to address:
- Using emblem-system-symbolic is an abuse of the icon specification – it is neither a system option, nor an emblem. This makes it harder for people to use different icon themes. It also makes it difficult to maintain the icon theme.
- User testing has revealed that the gear icon itself can be misleading – a number of test participants thought that these menus contained settings, rather than actions. We are currently experimenting with using an icon made of three lines (using a dedicated icon will allow us to adjust this if necessary):
[caption id="attachment_27150" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 3 Lines Menu in Epiphany[/caption] [caption id="attachment_27151" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 3 Lines Menu on Files
Screen is from GNOME Continuous[/caption]
In the case of Files notice the new List Icon. This is very similar to the 3-Lines Menu, and I guess the padding between dots and lines will get increased.