Let’s go over some of the important Tango icon names along with their proposed and current metaphors (wherever available). Owing to the scope of the article, we’re only showing a minor section here.

Icon Name : Proposed Metaphor : Present Gnome Metaphor : Present KDE Metaphor

contact-new : A business card having a flare at its top right corner : A business card having a person and some text : Business card

Document-new : A paper sheet consisting of a flare at the top right corner : A paper sheet consisting of a flare on the right hand side, in the middle : A paper sheet

Document-print : A printer having an arrow pointing upwards from inside it : A printer : A printer

Document-properties : A page overlaid with an information symbol – “I” : N/A : A page showing a wrench right next to it

Document-open : A page coming out of a folder : A page coming out from an open folder : An empty and open folder

Document-print-preview : A printer icon inside of a computer screen : A page having a magnifying glass over it : A printer having a magnifying glass over it

Document-save-as : A hard drive and an arrow pointing towards it. In addition, a text entry widget having some text over it. : A floppy diskette with a pencil over it : A floppy diskette with a pencil over it

Document-save : A hard drive and an arrow pointing towards it : A floppy diskette : A floppy diskette

Edit-find : N/A : Animal footprints on one of the two sides of a magnifying glass : A blank text document having a magnifying glass over it

Edit-cut : Couple of scissors : Couple of scissors : Couple of scissors

Edit-copy : Couple of overlapping and offset text documents : Couple of overlapping and offset text documents : Couple of overlapping and offset text documents

Edit-delete : A paper shredder : A page with an ‘X’ symbol over it : Simply a trash can