Questions about using and changing icons on your computer.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does anyone recognise this icon?

Can anyone tell me what this icon on Chrome in my taskbar is? It has only appeared today, I think chrome updated this morning but I can't be 100% sure. It seems as if it's being triggered when I ...
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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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Where to find the Mona Lisa icon from Windows 3.1?

In the old Windows 3.1 days I had an icon of an expressive and very good pixel-art reproduction of DaVinci's Mona Lisa portrait. I'd like to have this icon again, but I couldn't find it anywhere. ...
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Which DLLs included in Windows contain icons? [on hold]

When changing shortcut icons it's useful to know which DLLs and EXEs included with Windows contain icons, but there are so many DLLs (especially in System32) that it's difficult to find the ones which ...
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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 force Windows to save desktop icon positions?

Is there a way to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?
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How do I enable snap-to-grid by default on Mac OS X?

I'm setting up a new Mac, and when I drag icons on my desktop (or in Windows, if I switch them to icon view), the icons don't snap into place unless I hold the command key down. I can't recall how ...
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Unable to remove/hide icons from desktop folder

I wish to hide some windows icons from my desktop folder1, but cannot. When I click delete, it says they will be deleted from my desktop (which they already are), but they remain visible in the ...
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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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Where are native Windows 8 icons located?

I'm talking about simple white icons that appears on start screen. I want to use them on shortcuts. So, I need a file or .dll that contains metro icons.
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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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Microsoft Word files have weird icons suddenly?

All of a sudden, my Microsoft Office files have the generic file icon, and it happens with Powerpoint and Word, but not Excel. I can open the files just fine, and I tried restarting my computer, ...
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Is there a way of replacing those ghastly 7-Zip default icons?

I like 7-Zip a lot - it's my compression utility of choice on Vista and XP. I have just one problem with it: it's butt ugly. I'm really kind of reluctant to install it on my fresh Windows 7 system ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Meaning of cookie icon in Google Chrome address bar

What is the meaning of the cookie with an red X mark icon in the Google Chrome address bar?
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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 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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How can I browse white icons in Mac OS X Finder (Mavericks)?

I have bunch of white, transparent png icons in my folder and I find no way to see them clearly even if I change the background in view options (still white overlay on the image stays): I know ...
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Identify what's painting the empty space in my Windows notification area?

I have an "icon" in my Windows (XP, if it matters) notification area (by the clock) which renders no image, but rather an empty square space (no borders -- nothing rendered at all in the space where ...
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Turn off the Desktop Cleanup Wizard popup forever

Every one in a while, I get a notification asking me if I want to remove unused icons from the Windows XP desktop. How can I turn off this notification forever?
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Why are icons missing for certain programs in Win7? [duplicate]

For some of my programs, the icons have vanished. This applies to both the pinned Start Menu items and the programs in their program folders as well. Inkscape and IrfanView have both had their ...
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Where can I find free Icons? [closed]

I'm looking for websites dedicated to icons (free icons of course). I'm placing a list of some sites that I know, but I'm looking for others: We love icons - link VeryIcon - link DeviantArt - ...
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How to change the Finder icon in Mac OS X Lion?

Is there a way to change the Finder icon in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, without using something like Candybar? Here's what I've already tried updating (neither worked): ...
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How do I fix TortoiseSVN displaying random icon overlays?

I use TortoiseSVN (latest version) and sometimes all the icon overlays it uses get randomized with quite peculiar results. Is there any way to fix this?
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How do you change the number of visible windows in each superbar icon?

Windows 7's new taskbar groups similar windows by default. Plus, the icon in the taskbar changes according to the number of windows grouped there. Here's an example image: It's easy to see there ...
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How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the hot-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for ...
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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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How to align desktop icons to grid in LXDE/Openbox?

Where is the option or config file to align the desktop icons to a grid in LXDE/Openbox?
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How to disable Winamp agent in the taskbar?

I remember the days when I could right click on the Winamp icon in the Windows taskbar, and select "Disable Winamp Agent", and it would actually disable and not appear again. This no longer seems to ...
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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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“Safely Remove Hardware” icon in Windows 8

In Windows 8 the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon sits permanently in the System Tray even though no external drive is plugged into the computer. If you click on that icon the only clickable option is ...
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Why do my desktop icons get re-organized when I Remote Desktop in?

Whenever I remote into my work computer from home or vice-versus the shortcuts, folders and files get reorganized which is extremely frustrating since I often group things into clusters on my desktop. ...
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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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How to fix missing icons in the taskbar and start menu? [duplicate]

I installed Visual Studio 2012 yesterday and during the install my path somehow got screwed up1. Since then, the icons for applications that are part of Windows are the default "unknown" icon, but ...
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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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Firefox bookmarks folder icon

Is there a way to assign a custom icon to a folder in Firefox bookmarks? That way not all folders would look the same, so I could delete the names and save some space in the bookmarks bar.