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Last modified 6 days ago

#1276 new Feature Wish

tray icon should bear some visual similarity to desktop icon

Reported by: grandinj Owned by: Selva Nair
Priority: trivial Milestone: release 2.6
Component: Windows GUI Version:
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Cc: stipa, Selva Nair


a really really small thing

every morning I click on the desktop icon to open OpenVPN

then I go to the tray to connect, and I can't find it initially because it doesn't look anything like the desktop icon :-(

anyhow, thanks for a great tool!

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gui-icon.odg (14.3 KB) - added by tct 8 days ago.
gui-iconz.png (96.8 KB) - added by tct 8 days ago.
gui-connecting-v3.gif (119.4 KB) - added by tct 7 days ago.
gui-icon-green.png (81.0 KB) - added by tct 6 days ago.
gui-icon-red.png (79.3 KB) - added by tct 6 days ago.

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Change History (13)

comment:1 Changed 5 weeks ago by tct

I am going to second this.

A recognized OpeVPN icon would feel better.

The GUI could display individual status via the context menu.

The main icon could reflect the overall status:
Original colors would be AOK for default, no active VPNs.

  • Red strike-through, alternating - Something is connecting.
  • Green check - Everything is connected.

I assume that there is no conflict with competing icons. Amen.

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comment:2 Changed 3 weeks ago by Gert Döring

Cc: stipa Selva Nair added
Milestone: release 2.6

I actually have the same issue... when I do windows testing, more often than not I click on similar-looking "something square" icons. Can we have a nice tray icon that looks openvpnish?

comment:3 Changed 3 weeks ago by Selva Nair

We used to have a twin monitor kind of icon which was busy and ugly. The current one was contributed by someone ( as a "new Windows 10" style tray icon, with simple clean lines. See:

Possibly we could replace with a stylized/simplified version of the OpenVPN logo to match modern tray icons in style? We'll need White, Yellow, Green and Red markers to indicate various states.

Last edited 3 weeks ago by Selva Nair (previous) (diff)

comment:4 Changed 8 days ago by plaisthos

I am not sure that four colours are really that good to represent state. I don't know what four states we actually need (ie which states the four colours represent) but I would rather expect something like grayscale icon for not connected and not trying to be connected. Just the colour OpenVPN icon for connected and everything well. And for the error states either a ! or /!\ on the icon or something like ... or something else while connecting.

Can we get an idea what the four colours actually mean?

comment:5 Changed 8 days ago by Selva Nair

The four states are what you describe: idle, in-progress, connected, errored

Using colours was my poor way of describing it. I defer the actual form to those who know UI design.

FTR, we currently have three states:

greyscale: idle
yellow: connecting
green: connected

Missing: errored but not idle
This one needs some explanation:

Openvpn on Windows reports "connected" in two forms: successfully connected or connected with some errors --- say, not all routes could be added or some such error.

Currently we show green if connected with routing errors and stay at yellow if connected with any other errors as if still trying to connect. Some users want to see such errored states reflected in the icon -- I used "red" as a mnemonic for that.

comment:6 Changed 8 days ago by tct

Testing Image Macro:

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comment:7 Changed 6 days ago by Selva Nair

Please refrain from spamming everyone subscribed to this ticket.

If the icons have to be the OpenVPN "key-hole logo" with some embellishments, I guess we do not have the rights to modify that icon and have to depend on OpenVPN Inc's designers. Or get the rights delegated. In the latter case, I can ask the person who contributed the previous set of icons who did a good job, IMO.

comment:8 Changed 6 days ago by tct

Excuse me .. this is not spam.

I am sharing ideas which I have spent my time on.

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