I want to change the header in the default admin template Isis. This is the output now.

<header class="header">
    <div class="container-logo">
        <img src="administrator/templates/isis/images/logo.png" class="logo" alt="sitename">
    <div class="container-title">
     <h1 class="page-title">
      <span class="icon-eye thememanager"></span>
      Templatebeheer: Stijlen</h1>

I want to have it without:

      <span class="icon-eye thememanager"></span>

I am not looking for a css method with display:none;.

Somewhere it is coded that an icon is added. I have already looked in the module mod_title in here it shows only php echo $title. So there I could not delete the icons...

I have come close to the effect by changing administrator/includes/toolbar.php but I can't change it in there because it will be lost by an update. I believe. So can I create an override for this. How???

Or is there a better way! Without the CSS display:none because I need to use the span for something else.

3 Answers 3


If you want to avoid core hacks, you can use jQuery to remove the class attribute:

jQuery( document ).ready(function($) {

This will leave you with only <span></span>. If what you're trying to do is change the class rather than removing it (e.g. to change the icon), you can use .removeClass and .addClass:

jQuery( document ).ready(function($) {
    $( ".icon-eye.thememanager" )
          .removeClass( "icon-eye thememanager" )
          .addClass( "icon-anothericon thememanager" );

The result would be <span class="icon-anothericon thememanager"></span>

  • Thank you very much. I am going to look into it. I will keep you posted. Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 12:54

The code is located in the following file on line 86


You will see the following code:

JToolbarHelper::title(JText::_('COM_TEMPLATES_MANAGER_TEMPLATES'), 'eye thememanager');

Please do bare in mind that changing this will be a core hack, so if this file is modified in a future Joomla update, you may lose your changes

  • Thank you for your answer. As it is a core hack it cannot be used. But thanks anyway. Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 12:53

If you are in Joomla 3.4.1, the easiest way in my opinion is to override the css rule for the
.icon-eye.thememanager:before selector, using a custom.css inside the ISIS template css folder.

Just create the custom.css file, place it in:


and add your css override rules for the :before pseudo class.

It can be a display:none, or a override over the "content" attribute, e.g.:

.icon-eye.thememanager:before {content:"";}

You are done.

*Keep in mind, that this seems to be a new feature introduced in Joomla 3.4.1. It's unknown yet how this will evolve and what might be the effects of a Joomla update. Just to stay in the safe side, you may want to backup the custom css file before updating.

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