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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is there an open source to edit icon? [closed]

I'm looking for a similar tool to Paint.Net but be able to edit icon. Have you ever heard of one of those? Please share.
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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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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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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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Resource Editor for Windows Applications to replace Icon , open source, quick and simple

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 get my Desktop Icons back in Vista?

Hi Yesterday I restart my laptop and all my desktop icons dissapear, however the Desktop folder is ok. I have done all the tricks I have found and nothing seems to work. I have tried this -Rclick on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Finder Sidebar Icons - How do I duplicate?

I've noticed that some system directories, when dragged to the Finder's sidebar, utilize special small-scale icons not visible in any other place. Even when looking at one of these folders in a Finder ...
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How to clear the list of “Notification Area Icons” in Windows 7?

I can't seem to find a way to clear the list of "Notification Area Icons" in Windows 7. Unfortunately I had installed a download manager (GetRight) which by default creates a tray icon for each ...
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Good ways to change Icons in Windows XP? [closed]

I'm looking for a good, preferably fast way to change icons in Windows XP. I've found a few methods, but they weren't exactly efficient. EDIT: to clarify, I'm looking for alternatives similar to ...
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Make Google Chrome “Application” Windows Use High-Quality Icons in Windows 7

Whenever I use Google Chrome's "Create Application" shortcut (which I heavily use, and recommend), the icons shown on the Windows 7 taskbar are really blurry, probably the result of the 16x16 favicon ...
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The ghost of icons past, should I pray to Saint William? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do my shortcut icons get broken on Windows 7? I am fortnightly (or an approximation thereof) visited by the ghosts of icons, long departed. These apparitions only ...
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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 do I embed multiple sizes in an .ico file?

I have seen .ico icons that have different images for multiple sizes, eg. 16x16, 32x32, 48x48, 128x128, 256x256. On Windows, how can I create an icon file that supports multiple sizes in this way, ...
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Can I change the icon used to identify profiles in Google Chrome web browser?

I'd like to make the profile icons in chrome more meaningful. E.g. a pic of the profile's user, my company's logo for my work profile.
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Where does Windows store icon positions?

Where do Windows XP/Vista/7/... save the positions of the icons on the desktop? Is there a built-in way to save the positions? Can I lock the position of certain items?
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How can I hide the Homegroup icon on the desktop?

Last night a Windows update on my Windows 7 machine added a new "Homegroup" icon to my desktop. I don't want the icon on my desktop but can't see any way to get rid of it. It's not listed in the ...
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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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show taskbar icons in opened order

When I open programs (in Windows 7) I want the icons in the task bar to be ordered as in XP (first program opened is the first item/icon in the taskbar). If I open Internet Explorer and Notepad, the ...
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Desktop icons corrupted in Windows 7, how do I fix this?

Booting up Windows 7 the other day, I was sent into a temporary profile. When I logged out and logged into my normal profile, all the normal icons show but with a document icon superimposed on the ...
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My folder and application icons on Windows 7 are generic

All of a sudden my folder and application icons are sometimes generic icons, how do you fix this?
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Create new extension association and icon in SnowLeopard

I was searching for the best way to add a new file extension type (.xyz) and associate an icon to all files of that kind in SnowLeopard.