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On Windows XP, my .txt file association has no icon. It is quite annoying, and has been going on for several months now.

I've tried to un-associate it using the folder-->options--file types, I've tried to change the association, delete the icon cache, and even tried using ftype and assoc. nada.

Any help is much appreciated!

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If you've lost your file icon, you can put in another one or find the old one.

First, open up Windows Explorer, then:

Tools > Folder Options

Scroll down to the relevant file extension, in this case, TXT. Select and click Advanced.

The Edit File Type dialog will pop up.

icon settings

Click on Change Icon...

If you want to find the system default for it, try this location first (edit as necessary for your Windows directory):


If you would rather another icon, maybe one you've dowloaded, just navigate to it by clicking on Browse... and opening up the folder.

Click OK to save the changes.

The filetype will now show with the changed/reverted icon just selected.

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It's a nice and detailed guide for newbie to set the icon in windows. – deddebme Aug 22 '09 at 5:34
This didn't fix my problem, but may fix others' – Ben Baril Aug 28 '09 at 16:10

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