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In Windows 7 64-bit, the Windows Explorer file drag-drop icon is so huge, especially with image files, that it obscures the names of target folders. Is there any way to revert the drag image to the simple Windows drag icons? I think they have tried to add too much eye candy with this app.

Why do they not give you a designated safety zone for drag-drop operations you want to cancel? I have to hunt around the screen for a spot that gives me the invalid icon.

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If you want to cancel drag and drop operations, simply press the Esc key on the keyboard. – user3463 Sep 7 '10 at 18:08
If you have Aero enabled, you can see through the dragged items. – paradroid Sep 7 '10 at 20:12
the designated safety zone is pretty much a completely different question. SU is designed with getting answers to a single question in mind; could you remove the safety zone question and ask it separately? – Pops Feb 16 '11 at 0:17

You can change this behavior in control panel - system properties - visual performance. Uncheck "show file contents while dragging".

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I have not look at this tab before thanks. This setting will not do want I need however. I am referring to file drag and drop only. – P a u l Sep 7 '10 at 18:17

If in Chris_O's nice image you uncheck "Use visual styles on windows and buttons", it makes things look more like Windows XP.

Without the eye candy, Explorer becomes much more modest.
However, this solution may not be for everyone's liking.

Other solutions:

  • Turn off the Aero theme, using the Classic theme.
  • The huge transparent icon doesn't matter, since behind it the Explorer UI is exactly the same as before.
  • There is little text below the icon that says whether it's going to copy or move and to where. When it can do nothing, a little no-entrance icon is displayed.
  • Rather than left-click drag, use right-click drag. The icon is same, but after you release the mouse button, a short context menu will offer you the choice to Copy / Move / Create a Shortcut or Cancel.
  • Use the menu commands of Copy and Paste instead of drag & drop.
  • Use an Explorer-replacement product.
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This achieves the desired effect for drag and drop, but clobbers the whole explorer/desktop UI completely. So I will probably not do this. Thanks. – P a u l Sep 7 '10 at 18:19
I believe this is the only solution barring some kind of shell replacement. – Shinrai Sep 7 '10 at 18:24
@P a u l: I have added some other possibilities. – harrymc Sep 7 '10 at 19:08
I'm really annoyed by that icon too, on a Windows 8 box, and sadly the Classic UI has been completely removed... :-( – Gras Double Mar 20 '13 at 23:29

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