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If I open an instance of Windows Explorer, a button appears on the taskbar; its icon matches the icon of current location in Explorer. E.g. If I've clicked on a drive (e.g. C:) then the taskbar icon changes to the drive icon. If I select the Pictures Library location, the taskbar icon changes to a little picture symbol.

How can I stop this behaviour, so that the taskbar icon always shows the same icon, regardless of where I've clicked in Explorer?

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It would be interesting to know the possible reason for such behaviour. – Ankit Mishra Oct 17 '12 at 11:31
I guess if you have several Explorer windows open, it helps you distinguish the different task bar buttons. But I find it more helpful to always have the same icon for a particular application. – Timothy Kane Oct 17 '12 at 12:06
I often do not realize i have explorer open to a particular folder because the icon shows something other than a folder. My mind just skips it when alt-tabing for it. Eventually, there are multiple copies of explorer open to the same folder. – please delete me Jul 18 '14 at 12:53

I don't think it's possible (if you don't want to edit shell32.dll resources).

Some folder use a desktop.ini file to specify the icon; you can change the icon removing the row in that file

Go to My Pictures folder, click on the address bar and add (at the end of the address) " \desktop.ini "

Sample Pictures.lnk=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21805

Just remove all "Icon" parameters.

However I don't think it's possible to do it for any folder on your drive

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