I want to replace wordpress admin sprites. I recreated the images and looked answrs for icon replacement using jquery and simply with CSS BUT what about ones link icons32-2x.png where I can't find the CSS?

So I am trying to figure out a simple way to redirect the wordpress admin and includes folder to use my new icons INDIVIDUALLY.

Again this is just not for custom post type icons but all.

Basically I think through jQuery using replaceWith new icon but how can I replace an image if I don't know where its called in CSS (i.e. retina images) so I need a resolution to direct specific images in admin wp-admin and wp-includes folder.

  • mydomain.com/wordpress/wp-admin/images/
  • mydomain.com/wordpress/wp-inlcudes/images

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The CSS is in wp-admin/css/colors-classic.css and wp-admin/css/colors-fresh.css and the min versions of those, including the icons32-2x.png ones. I can see them when I grep the directory. For example, wp-admin/css/colors-classic.css:2162.

The images themselves are in wp-admin/images, as you can see from the style rules, but you should not be hacking/replacing those. They will be overwritten when you update WordPress.

I don't see the need for Javascript at all. You can register stylesheets for the backend. That should be all you need.

  • If the icons are in a plugin they won't be overwritten
    – Jess
    May 21, 2013 at 16:17
  • I was talking about the default icons. If you aren't going to be altering those default icons you don't need to know where they are (Your question is a bit confusing but is sounds like you want to know where to find some of those images). Just load your stylesheet and override the appropriate rules.
    – s_ha_dum
    May 21, 2013 at 16:19
  • ok I can't overwrite them in the stylesheet if its retina images (ex of retina image - mydomain/wp-admin/images/list-2x.png) only popup up based on the browser. How can I change that image in css?
    – Jess
    May 21, 2013 at 17:16
  • "I can't overwrite them in the stylesheet" combined with "How can I change that image in css?" is contradictory. What are you talking about? Also, I am pretty sure you can target retina displays in a stylesheet.
    – s_ha_dum
    May 21, 2013 at 17:27
  • sorry ok I got you, I was not thinking at all I had to do is copy color-fresh.css for the css it has the media queries there already.
    – Jess
    May 21, 2013 at 21:08

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