Questions about using and changing icons on your computer.

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Refresh Icon Cache Without Rebooting

Normally, to refresh the icon cache in Windows, we have to reboot. Is there a way to refresh the icon cache in Windows 7/8 without rebooting?
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How can I hide an application from the Windows taskbar?

Is there a way to "hide" a normal windowed application in Windows? I'm looking for something that removes it from the taskbar and possibly puts an icon in the system tray instead.
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How to fix broken taskbar icons in Windows 7

I have a program pinned to the taskbar. After I upgraded the program (I think) the icon broke. What I get now is what you see below; that ugly default application icon thing. If I unpin it, I get ...
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How to customize tiles (change/bigger icon, change color) for desktop applications in the Start Screen?

In my start menu have I have tiles (/shortcuts) to different desktop applications. They all get the same background color, a small icon etc. and don't look very nice compared to Modern UI app tiles. ...
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Why are Icon Overlays (from 3rdParty-Apps) not showing up in the Win8 Explorer?

These wonderful icon overlays that give you useful information in the Windows Explorer are not showing up. It's the most annoying with Dropbox (I already read https://www.dropbox.com/help/154/en). I ...
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How can I change an application icon in Mac OS X?

I've just created an AppleScript simple application and I'd like it to have a nice icon (besides the rolled paper it is by default). How can I change an icon for this application (or any other ...
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Why do my shortcut icons get broken on Windows 7?

I have a strange problem. My icons seem to disappear randomly on my Windows 7. They were there a while back, now they ain't. It happens often and quite randomly. Anyone know a fix?
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How do I reduce the desktop icon size in Windows 7?

How can I reduce the size of my desktop icons if the video resolution is already on the highest setting?
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Change file icons in Windows 7

The Folder Options dialog in Windows XP Explorer had a File Types tab that allowed one to change a file type's icon. Windows 7 doesn't have this. Is there a way to change file icons without changing ...
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windows 7 desktop icons: new icon placement

When moving/saving/etc a new file on the desktop, the icon appears second (just after "Computer"). I find it annoying, since I want my "special" icons to be first (such as the recycle bin, "Network", ...
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How to change the printer icon displayed in the Control Panel

Printers are displayed in Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers often with a vendor supplied icon. Is it possible to replace that with a custom icon?
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Manually change filetype icons in Windows 7

I'm trying to find the dialog tab in Windows 7 that allows a user to change the icon used for a particular file type. In Windows XP it would be under the Folder Options properties dialog. Where is ...
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Adobe PDF icon disappeared?

Starting last week I've noticed that all my PDF files now have a generic white document as an icon instead of the original Adobe PDF icon. I've reinstalled Adobe Reader, repaired it, and have had no ...
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Battery icon missing from task bar

I used to have an icon on the Windows Vista taskbar showing the battery amount remaining (laptop). It has mysteriously vanished. How can I get it back? I followed the Windows FAQ (see How can I hide ...
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Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Highlight Sticks

After running Win 7 for some unknown period of time, the taskbar icon highlight starts to stick (video demo here: http://screencast.com/t/l5LhJ2uM). If I restart or kill explorer.exe and relaunch, it ...
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Windows 10 icons appearance changed

A cat slept on the keyboard and all my desktop icons are now looking like in the picture : Three lines of text description to the right of the image. How can I fix it to see the normal behavior ( one ...
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Two blue arrows at top right of icons

If this is a duplicate post, my apologies but I couldn't find one. On some icons I am seeing a two blue arrows at the top the right pointing towards each other. I first noticed it on the icons on ...
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What causes icon corruption in Windows 7?

I have read this question and this workaround does not work for me. Now when I launch FileZilla the icon shows fine on the taskbar. How can I fix this in Windows 7? What causes icon corruption? ...
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Desktop icons rearrange after using remote desktop connection

I sometimes remote into my desktop PC (1900x1280) from my laptop (1280x900). When I do, Windows (Vista) on the desktop PC rearranges all my desktop icons. I could understand this if the RDP ...
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Changing Windows 8 file type icon

I'm having trouble changing the icon for specific file types in Windows 8. I have read countless how tos including this question and this one, tried FileTypesMan and several other programs and edited ...
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What does the this Windows 10 Action Center tray icon overlay indicate, exactly?

Here is a screenshot, containing the icon (the one in the middle, presumably describing a text note, with what looks as a stop sign at lower right corner of it): I cannot find explanation on what ...
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Is there hotkey for Show Desktop Icons function in Windows?

On my desktop there are a sea of icons and I realy like ability to hide them. I can do that if do right click on desktop and find arrange icons -> Show Desktop Icons I am also addicted to many types ...
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Hide system tray icons on OS X

How can we hide the system tray icons, on the top menu, within OS X? Those are not mine, but they're not too far off: Something like Windows 7 has, to selective hide icons into a little window, ...
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How to change Hard Drive icons on Windows XP

I would like to know how can I change a Hard Drive icon under Windows XP. I know how to change folder icons, but how is it done for a Drive icon?
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How to change the icon (apply a thumb) of a folder on Mac OS X?

In Mac OS X, suppose you open your root disk, following folders/directories will have different icon (thumb) on it. Application Developer Library System How to apply a thumb image on my specific ...
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Windows 10 - Blank start menu icons

My start menu icons look like this I'm using windows 10 from windows 7 any advice? -jeff
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Resource Editor for Windows Applications to replace Icon , open source, quick and simple [closed]

I am using Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2000. Each application has a primary icon that is displayed in the taskbar and on the desktop and in the application window. The icon lives in the ...
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Where are my icons in Windows 7?

In previous versions of Windows when I right click on a shortcut and dived in to change the icon the initial list populated with a whole catalog of default icons. On Windows 7 (RTM) here is what I ...
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Which Dropbox icon is for which Icon Overlay Identifier name?

Since Windows can only handle 15 icon overlay identifiers and the rest get ignored I though I can move the ones I want to the top and only have the ones I need. In terms of Tortoise SVN it's very ...
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Is there a “save desktop icon arrangement” option in windows?

I normally work on Windows with a 1600x1200 or similar large desktop screen and have my icons laid out just perfectly so. Every now and then I need to hook up to a projector or do a WebEx at 1024x768 ...
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Batch convert SVG images to desired size PNG or ICO

I have bunch of SVG icons that I'd like to use for my application to be developed in VB.Net 2010, and since it has no support to handle SVG icons, I need to convert those icons into either PNG or ICO, ...
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How do you customize the icon on a USB stick?

When I used my USB stick to install Ubuntu, the USB appears with an Ubuntu icon in My Computer. Is it possible to customize this icon to something I want?
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How to Remove UAC Icon Overlays (Blue-Yellow Shields) in Windows 7

Over some of my program shortcuts and install files, there is an uac icon overlay (blue-yellow shield) and I find them really ugly. Is there any way to get rid of them please? Edit I closed UAC to ...
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How can I combine several individual .ico files into a single file?

I was able to convert PNG files into ICO files (thanks to Turn pngs to one ICO file ), but now I would like to create an icon "bundle" similar to system32.dll, which contains several individual icons. ...
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Is it possible to customize taskbar icons? If so how?

I'd like to customize not just desktop icons but the icons that appear in the taskbar, is this possible? And no, I'm not asking how to customize icons pinned to the taskbar, but rather the icons of ...
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Why does the Outlook taskbar envelope icon sometimes remain active, even if I have no unread email?

Outlook has a nice envelope icon that displays on top of the taskbar icon when I have new mail. Sometimes this icon comes up when I get a new message, but then doesn't go away when the message is ...
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taskbar icon preview (and Alt+Tab icon preview) disappears quickly

OS: Win7 Pro x64 Laptop: Lenovo x240 Dock: Lenovo ThinkPad Basic Dock - Port Replicator Monitor 1: AOC 21.5", E2243FW (VGA) Monitor 2: Lenovo 21.5", LS2223 (DVI) Issue: When hovering the cursor ...
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Remove arrow mark from shortcut icons on Windows 8

I tried this registry tweak to remove the shortcut arrows, which worked on Windows 7, but doesn't work on Windows 8 anymore. It just shows a white space instead of an arrow. Windows Registry Editor ...
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TortoiseSVN — Icons are not displaying

After TortoiseSVN bugged me to update, i downloaded a new installer and ran it. It still works fine now, though it does not properly display icon overlays (despite that option being on in the ...
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Icons disappearing from notification area (systray) under WinXP

Quite often when I start up my WinXP SP3 (updated to the max), some icons in systray are missing. Task manager shows that the software to whom these icons belong is running. Restarting explorer ...
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Restart explorer.exe in Windows 7 while keeping all icons in the system tray?

Sometimes when you are prompted to restart the computer (or log off), you can get away with just restarting the explorer process. I'm sure you know what i'm talking about. The problem is, that when ...
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why must I frequently rebuild the icon cache in windows 7?

Every few days of usage this will randomly occur on my windows 7 pro 64-bit pc: All explorer entries in the task bar will revert to the generic non-icon. If I try to run anything from start->run, ...
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How to fix icons and text in programs that suddenly enlarged, on Windows 8.1?

A few days ago, my desktop icons and certain text in programs (eg the text in my Mozilla Firefox toolbars) suddenly enlarged, but I changed nothing. To confirm this uncontrolled suddenness, I just ...
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How can I change my Desktop Icons “Gravity”?

The Icons on my XP desktop have the normal left "gravity". That is, they fill-up from the left side to the right side. However, the wallpaper that I have just switched to makes the left side "busy" ...
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How can I identify a mystery tray icon in Windows 7?

A new icon has appeared in my tray in Windows 7 recently - a black square with a white A in it: It doesn't have any tooltip or right-click context menu so I haven't been able to identify which ...
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Desktop shortcut icons all changed to Notepad icons

All of my desktop shortcut icons on Windows 7 have changed to Notepad icons. How do I get my old icons back?
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Windows 8 desktop and explorer icons don't work - default icons shown

I'm starting to see a very interesting issue. Some icons are being shown as 'default' icons despite the fact that they launch fine with their proper associated programs. This is in the traditional ...
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How to align all desktop items Right side? by default it always have at left side?

How to align all desktop items Right side? by default it always have at left side?
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Blank white desktop icons on new Windows 7 install

I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 professional on my father's Toshiba Satellite laptop and everything went smoothly except for the fact that certain desktop shortcuts appear as a blank white ...
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How do I further decrease the width of small, pinned icons?

I would like to decrease the width of pinned icons. I already have the small icons set, but there is still a lot of whitespace around the icon that is unnecessary. I guess ideally I would like the ...