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Q: icon display on desktop suddenly change

when i turned on my pc today, the name of the icons on my desktop are highlighted in brown, how do i change it back to normal?

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Is there a way that it automatically changes the desktop icons size when i change the resolution?


Resolution: 1024 x 768
Desktop icon size: Medium icons

i want to change to:

Resolution: 800 x 600
Desktop icon size: Classic icons

A:Change desktop icon size on reolution change.

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All of a sudden I have this desktop.ini icon on my desktop when it had not been there before. When I delete it, as soon as it is deleted it reappears on my desktop. Seems unusual to me. Any thoughts?

A:Desktop.ini icon suddenly appearing

Go to Folder OptionClick on the View tab.Check ?Do not show hidden files and folders?.Check to ?Hide protected operating system files (recommended)?.Click OK.
Now check your folders and you will not find anyDesktop.ini files.

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I noticed today that the Microsoft Homegroup icon suddenly appeared on my desktop, I opened it up and apparently it thaught I was part of a homegroup, I immediately removed myself from the 'Group' and checked my security settings and disabled anything homegroup related.  My question is, did a Virus do this? I just completed a Norton360 scan and it detected and removed a Heuristic Virus, which after googling I found that it means that it didn't know what the virus was but considered it a threat?
What is the danger that someone has got into and viewed my files?  I also did a Search and Destroy scan and it only found the usual low-grade threats.  Btw the Heuristic find might be completely unrelated to the Homegroup icon appearing on my desktop, I checked the file and it thaught the Suvarium (Game) online update was a Trojan Virus.. go figure?

A:Homegroup icon suddenly appeared on desktop?!!

Hello, and Welcome
Does the icon go away when you refresh the desktop by pressing F5. If not, it can be removed using a registry fix outlined here.

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hello i have win 8.1 pro x64.i want to know if i can change the display order of disks icons manually.usually the c drive appears first(from left to right),second cdrom icon and next the external drives.can i change that with drag and drop?(i remember that i can do it in vista)

A:change display icon order

You can try to sort or group them

Sort by, Group by, and Arrange by Items in Windows 8 File Explorer

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Can someone please help me figure out how to turn off the icon that suddenly started flashing randomly on the left side of my desktop? It is a box with a speaker with an "X" through it. It flashes vertically up and down the left side of my monitor.

My OS is: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Sound: Confused on this.
Speakers are: VIA High Definition Audio
Sound Card: AMD Catalyst Control
Under this Control Center, says "Audio" Default Audio Device

I was playing a game. Had it on "pause". Went back to it and hit resume with my mouse. Then this flashing mute sound box appeared.

I didn't hit any hot keys that I am aware of and the sound is still functional when I test it.

The Icon in my toolbar does not show "muted" and I have sound.

Did a System Restore. No change. This is extremely annoying.

I'm sure it's probably something simple, but I can't figure it out.

Thank you in advance for your help.


A:Mute Sound Icon Box suddenly flashing on desktop - can't turn off!

VIA is your regular PC sound. The AMD is ONLY for HDMI audio.

That must be something that a program, most likely the game, caused. Check the game for options.

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My default icon for a url shortcut that I drag to my desktop is a blank page with the shortcut arrow. I would like to change that icon system wide. I use Firefox so if I could find a way to have the url shortcut to be a page with the Firefox globe and then make it so it is the default for all url's that I drag to desktop as a shortcut.

I know how to make a customer icon I just don't know how to make it so the icon is used system for url shortcuts on my desktop.

A:Change desktop icon when dragging a url to desktop

See if some of then suggestions in this thread help you Change the Firefox Internet Shortcut? ? mozillaZine Forums

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The "Like What You See?" on my screen with a variety of options disappeared. How and where do I find it to change the display. Right now it's a skull and I want something more pleasant.

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After running PC Tuneup Utilitiies 2004, all the icon on my Windows XP desktop now have blue behind the description with white lettering. They all look the way one icon would look if you had chosen it. Does anyone know how do undo this and did I somehow do something wrong while running the program. Thanks.

A:Icon change on desktop

Start / control panel / system / advanced tab / performance / settings / then tick "Let windows choose whats best for my computer"

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I want to change desktop icons but when I click on 'personalize', and then 'change desktop icons' I only see five computer icons and none of my own even though I have the user files box checked. Any help?

A:Change desktop icon

Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon

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I've tried changing the file itself in explorer and by using IconPackager. No luck.

A:Why won't the desktop icon change?

Welcome to the Seven Forums

I hope you made a restore point or an image of your drive before you used the iconpacker they can be difficult to restore to the original if you ever want to.

You may need to do Icon Cache - Rebuild for it to show up

That icon is #110 in imageres.dll in C:\Windows\System32 for 32-bit (x86) if you are using a 64-bit system it will be in both C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64


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Hi All,

Please see attached.. Desktop icons have changed? does anyone know how to make good.


A:icon change on desktop??

have you tried right clicking the desktop and then clicking on refresh? that should work. If not its because somehow the shortcut to the icon has been lost. All you have to do it right click the icon go to properties and go to change icon.

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Weirdest thing, that's happened a couple of times now: When I switched on my computer today (Windows 7 64 bit), some of my desktop icons displayed as thumbnail images, rather than the symbols that are usually displayed.

Usually all of my desktop icons show the symbol of the program that opens that particular file format, like the Foxit symbol for PDF, or VLC symbol for FLV or MP3. The only files that have been consistently showing an thumbnail image rather than a symbol are MP4 files (my previous computer - an XP - didn't do that).

Now some - not all - of my PDF and ODT files are displaying as a thumbnail image of the first page of the document.

The last time this happened I tried changing a setting somewhere to never display thumbnails, but that also affected the way that photos were displayed in my 'Windows Libraries', and that really didn't work for me, so I changed the setting back. A couple of days later the icons went back to normal on their own.

I'd really rather be able to see the symbols on my desktop, than thumbnails, but if I absolutely had to, I could live with it the way it is currently. It makes my maneuvering through the files on my desktop more difficult however, especially since this is not consistent. More importantly though, I'm puzzled by why this is happening, and unexplained changes like this are very disconcerting.

Does anyone have any insight into this, and know how to fix it? Thanx so much.

A:some desktop icons suddenly display as thumbnail image

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Hello I am new here and need a little help

I have Vista Ultimate x64 and when I click start then click on my user name all personal files come up however "Desktop" has a standard icon instead of the Vista default icon

I right click on it hit properties but there is no customize tab so I tried to edit the desktop.ini file it is currently:

[email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769

Nothing still the standard folder icon so I think for some reason it is flagged as a system file when it should be flagged as non-system file

I also tried right clicking the desktop -> personalize hit change desktop icon highlight my user name click restore defaults hit apply then then ok and nothing

I did reboot my PC after making all of the above changes

If I could get it back to the default icon that would be great thanks

EDIT: forgot to mention the customize tab is there if I click on other folders clike C:\Fraps for example

A:Can not change icon for C:\<User Name>\Desktop

Personal User Shell Folders

This link should help.

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I would like to change an icon image and replace it with a generic image I have d/l from the web.

How do I do that?

Thank you.

A:How could i change an icon image in desktop?

You should be able to change the icon image by right clicking on the icon, going to properties, and then clicking on the change icon button. From this menu you should be able to find the generic image you want to use via windows explorer.

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Hi everyone. New to the forum, hope this is the right place for this post.
So far I've been able to change almost everything following the tutorials I found here. It is just amazing the amount of information you guys have available
But there is just one thing i couldn't find: how to change the default desktop icon itself, the one you see in the explorer navigation pane and in the places bar.
I apologize if the answer is out there, but I searched up and down and just couldn't find it. I just found advice for a guy who had messed up his icons, and the recommendation was to rebuild his icons using resource hacker. Not my case.
Well, thanks in advance for any advice you can provide.
C ya.

A:How to Change default DESKTOP ICON itself

Welcome to the Seven Forums

That icon is #110 in imageres.dll and according to your system specs you're using 64-bit so that imageres.dll is in both C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64

Let me know if you need more help.

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I couldnt find a thread or tutorial to change this so apologies if there is one.

Basically I want to change it to this one: DT's Recycle Bin Remix by ~Timpi100 on deviantART

A:How to change Recycle Bin Desktop Icon

Is this you are looking for:

Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon


Change how the Recycle Bin looks - Windows Vista Help

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I have researched until I am blue in the face and not found out how to do this.

We are getting ready to have house guests, and I have created an account for them to use. I would like to create a desktop shortcut icon which is roughly double the size of the other icons to draw attention to it. The target file will be a basic readme with a couple of short rules for using my computer.

If I cannot find a way to create the single larger icon, I will resort to another idea I have in mind. That idea is to type the rules in Word and use Snipping Tool to capture the text and use the resulting image as a desktop background.


A:Is there a way to change the size of only one desktop icon?

Why don't you just use sticky notes ... make the note as large as you want

Sticky Notes - Create and Delete

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I am using windows 7 starter edition on my dell netbook, but find the icons a little large, with XP its simply a matter of reducing the number size in advanced settings (display properties-appearence-advanced-item) but how do you do this with 7 starter ?

I have already used the icon size set to small, but find them not small enough.


A:Desktop icon change size ?

See here: http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/...-windows-vista/

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I built this computer Oct 2004, never had the icons do this till yesterday. They all have a black shadow and a black box surrounding the text for the icon. It's driving me crazy, does anyone know what setting got turned on or why, or most importantly how to get rid of it?

A:Desktop Icon Display

not sure how to post this screen shot

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I have seen a number of screen shots on the forum where the desktop icons seem to be grouped at the top. Having looked around both in my Se7en options on the computer and also on the forum don't seem to be able to find any mention of how this is done.
How do they do it?

A:Desktop Icon Display

Hi Bellerophon

Are you talking about the actual Taskbar, (superbar) ?

If so this can be moved to any of the four screen edges by dragging once uou right click on the taskbar and deselect "lock the taskbar"

There is also an option in the properties to allow you to select which edge it attaches to

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I was just curious how to change the color of the text on Icons. if i have an icon like 'Msn 7.5' or whatever, it shows up in white text.. is it possible to change it, and if so, how would you go about doing it.

A:How Do You Change The Color Of The Icon Text On Your Desktop?

I don't think you can change the color in Windows XP, just things like font and size. I don't know about other Windows versions though.

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Hi there I know where to go to change icons but vista will not allow me to use a custome image.

I am right clicking the desktop > Personalize > then on the left hand side clicking Change Desktop Icons.

But when I browse to my image it does not allow it. I also want to change the default image for folders as well.

Any ideas how I can get around this?

A:Change Desktop Icon for custom images

Hello Matt,

What type of image are you trying to use to replace the icon with? You will only be able to use 256x256 pixel .ico (icon) files for these. This will give you some more details about icons for Vista if needed.

Vista Icons - Introducing Vista Icons - How to create Vista Icons

To change the default Folder icons, this tutorial will show you how to. You will need to change the DefaultIcon for the Folder key in step 6.

File Extension Type Icon - Change

Hope this helps,

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The tried and true method that worked for Vista and 7 does not seem to work with my Windows 10?using regedit then changing HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics values for IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing which must be between -480 and -2750.

I have changed the values from one end of the scale to the other with no observable difference. I have logged out and back in again and did a refresh. Also did a restart and that made no difference either.

I do know how to make them smaller using the Ctrl + Mouse Wheel but that is not what I want.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have searched online and here but cannot find a solution other than the registry edit that I have tried.

Peter B.

A:Cannot change Windows 10 desktop icon spacing.

I am now running WIndows 10 Pro and the above registry change works OK on the new release of the op sys.

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is there a way (registry hack, software, other) to change the Windows 8.1 default desktop icon? I mean this icon:

Thanks in advance, regards, Siso

A:Windows 8.1 how to change default desktop icon itself?

Hi, is this what you are looking for? You can change icons from here.

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I used to be able to drag a url to my desktop from ie or firefox and change the shortcut just as I would for other desktop shortcuts. Now when I try, if it is an ie shortcut, it does not change, and if it is a firefox shortcut and I attempt to change it, it goes to the default ie shortcut icon. I did create a url desktop shortcut a few weeks ago before this problem started happening and that icon has remained changed. Please help. My children need different icons in order to go directly to some of the educational pages they use. Thanks.

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I need to know how to change the font color from white to black. I clicked on personlize then went to windows color and apperance then Icon but the color change was grayed out. Anyone that knows a work around I really need it. Right now the font color is white but the background I want to use is light which makes the fonts type hard to read when it is white. Changing to black would make all the difference in the world.

Ron Spruell Sr.

A:Desktop Icon font color change

Hi Ron,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

I do not think you can unless you switch to the Windows Classic color scheme.

This might work as an alternative for you though. In the Visual Effects Performance Options, check Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop. This should help make them easier to see.

Visual Effects Options


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I added it to the desktop and the normal icon was used (picture of a PC). Now it's suddenly changed to the default windows explorer icon ! How to get the default icon back ? I tried removing it from desktop and adding it again, but did not work.
W7 Home Prem. x64.

A:My Computer desktop icon - how to change back ?

Quote: Originally Posted by BeachNut

I added it to the desktop and the normal icon was used (picture of a PC). Now it's suddenly changed to the default windows explorer icon ! How to get the default icon back ? I tried removing it from desktop and adding it again, but did not work.
W7 Home Prem. x64.

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization

Then go to change desktop icons.

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Is there a way to change the text color for desktop icons in Windows 7? It seems that white is the only color available.

As I periodically like to change desktop backgrounds, there are times, due to a light background, that the icon text is difficult or virtually impossible to read.

In advance, thanks.

A:Change W7 desktop icon text color

I would think it would be one of these

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How can I do this? I'm just wonderin' if this is possible, because I have a white wallpaper, and I want to change the icon's text color to black. please help!

Oh by the way, I'm using Watercolor visual style

A:Change Desktop icon's text color?


Iconoid will do that and much more.

It's Freeware!

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hi ,
Whenever I install a new program the desktop icon appears behind the sidebar. I have my sidebar to the left of my desktop, so each time I have to close the sidebar & then drag the icon to wherever I want .
Is there a way I can assign a position on the desktop where a new icon appears ??

A:how to change the place of appearance of a new icon on the desktop

My initial thoughts would be to change how the icons are aligned on the desktop.

Right Click on an empty spot on the desktop then select 'Arrange Icons by' and remove the tick (if it is on) from Auto Arrange (and Align to Grid if you want to).

After that you should be able to put the Icon anywhere you like and it should, hopefully, stay in the same spot after reboots etc.

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Hello everyone. I need to find where the Desktop icon size is stored in the registry. I already looked into this:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics - Shell Icon Size
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop - IconSize

But neither of these seem to change anything. Even if I change the icon size by using right click or the mouse scroll wheel, these values don't change at all. So where is this data really stored? Thanks in advance.

A:CHange Desktop icon size via registry

Hi Butters, right click empty desktop &:-

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For some reason the icons on my desktop have changed. they used to be normal font, with clear background, now they have horrible blue background where the icon text is.

any idea's?

A:Change Desktop Icon to Clear Font

right-click on your desktop background and go to Properties. Go to the Desktop tab, then click Customize Desktop (near the bottom).

Go to the Web tab on the window that pops up and UNCHECK everything listed under "Web pages".

Save your settings and you're all set!

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Hey, everyone!

I was just wondering if it is possible to, when downloading stuff to the desktop, change the default position of where they go to. For instance, let's say that your desktop is empty, if you download something to it, the downloaded thing will appear at the top left corner of the desktop. What if I want it to appear in the middle of the desktop instead? Is it possible to do?

Thanks in advance,
- Nervly

A:How do I change the icon's position when I download to my desktop?

Not that im aware off, let me do some research for you.

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anyone know how to change all the paths of desktop icons by using just notepad.
I mean i use notepad and type in a code and then double click it and it changes all the icons on desktop to that path. Is it possible?

A:How to change path of icon on desktop with using notepad

I think what you're asking is how to use a batch script to change the icons on your desktop? I'm not too familiar with using batch scripts for that reason, though it may be possible.You may want to look into VB Script, a more powerful scripting language than batch.Something like this, I think:Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
strDesktopFld = objShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
Set objURLShortcut = objShell.CreateShortcut(strDesktopFld & "\blah.exe")
objURLShortcut.TargetPath = "http://www.blah.com"
objURLShortcut.IconLocation "C:\MyIcons\icon.ico
objURLShortcut.SaveBut don't quote me on that.

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I have my setting at 125 - but would like to set it to something between 125 and 150. I want to experiment with this setting if I can make it variable. Thank you.

A:How change Windows 7 Desktop Icon size (other than 100, 125 & 150)

Click on an open area of the Desktop. Press and hold the Ctrl key then roll the mouse wheel. One way makes things bigger, the other way smaller.

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anyone know how to change the desktop font color?> by default it white,, i wanna to change it into black which more suitable for reading!
i have tried to customize --> right click desktop-->select personize--> windows color and appearce setting--> advanced -- desktop but the font color is grey not available to chaneg

thanks alot~~~!

A:Desktop Icon Font Color Change

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By default Windows 7 has desktop icon view set to Medium. I want to change the default user NTuser.dat hive as part of SCCM build so that each new user has small size by default, but can change if they wish (hence can't do it as a GPO)
Does anyone know the registry key(s) to change?

Ian Burnell, London (UK)

A:Registry key to change desktop icon size

This view size is controlled by HKU specific user registry. Thus it can't be mapping to another user account.
If you insist, there is a complex workaround(However I wouldn't like to recommend you use this method):
Copy the following registry value to place another user's registry.
Note: It can't be imported, just copy its value.

Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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I am running Windows XP SP3. I have many icons on my desktop with the description underneath in the font & size I chose. I was on the Delphi Glass website and clicked on a You Tube Video. I tried to copy the URL to my desktop. I got the message " Do I want to change my desktop". Wihtout thinking, I clicked yes. Instead of pasting the URL, all the descriptions of my icons were now boxed off with a background color that I determined was what was set in the Display Properties under Appearance, Advanced. I right clicked on the desktop, went to properties, looked at all options, changed many things but could not get rid of the border around the icon descriptions. I tried restoring a back-up of my desktop but that didn't work. I went back to the Delphi Glass site You Tube video and this time when I copied and pasted the url, I had no problems. I have up-to-date Norton 2012 running. Can you tell me how I can get rid of this formatting of my destop display?

A:Solved: Change Desktop Icon Lettering

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I know that if you go under properties there are a lot of icons to choose from. I want a picture that I downloaded since I accidently deleted the .ico file in my download folder. It's a shortcut to a program. Of course I emptied the recycle bin!

A:How do I change the icon symbol/picture on desktop to my own jpg?

Redownload the picture you deleted, then go to one of the many websites which change jpegs to icon files. Put your icon in a place which is safe, then do the change icon procedure which you know about, choosing your icon file.

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I am running Windows Xp Pro on a network. I have version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600. My problem is that last Friday my desktop icons started having a blue back ground behind them. I have tried right clicking on the desktop and clicking properties then the desktop tab and there I can change the background colors, but I want the background to go away totally. I used to have just the icon and words with no back ground color at all. Can anyone help? I've compared the setting on this laptop to my other one at home and didn't come up with anything there. I also tried to restore the system to a date prior to Friday, but I get the message can not restore for every restore point I have chosen.


A:Solved: Need help with Desktop icon display

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My *desktop program icons* are all messed up. See attachments for my screenshot.

As you can see in the red circle, there appears to be "layers of icons" for each program. Yet when I open a window or go elsewhere, the problem is not there. It happens only in desktop.

Obviously there is no issue with loading the correct icon. The problem is two fold:
- why the "second layer" of that ugly 8 bit .ico image?
- why on my desktop only?

I've been playing a lot with my desktop and icons recently. But I'm not sure what exactly triggered this. For example I am scatterbrained and lately I've been cleaning up my desktop. I had a work project dealing with fireworks and I wanted easier access to that folder. So I gave the folder a custom icon (a fireworks symbol). I did this 10+ times successfuly in the past with no problems for months. Now I did the same exact thing again with the fireworks and I guess I tripped some invisible wire...

Thank you sincerely for any person who wants to take a stab at the root cause of this.

A:Desktop Icon Display Problem

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Try Icon Cache - Rebuild


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Hi, This is my first post. I recently was given a new Dell 15R touchscreen computer and it was upgraded to Windows 8.1. I've only used Windows XP up until 3 days ago. I am a novice user.

I liked the way the desktop icons looked in XP, the shortcuts for Netflix and Ikea were a nice big red box with an N in it for Netflix, a yellow and blue box for Ikea . They were medium sized, about 1/2" big, but I could recognize them easily and quickly because of the individual graphics.

Now with Windows 8.1, the shortcut icons are a 1/2" white square and a very teeny tiny logo in the center that I can barely see and have confused with other similar icons. I have found where to change the icon size and text size but not the icon appearance. Where would I find this? I have right clicked on the desktop, I've looked in the control panel, I've checked display.

8.1 is a heck of a learning curve for me and I am enjoying learning the new system but I would like to be able to quickly and easily see what I put on my desktop.

Thank you for any and all help. I appreciate it.

A:How Do I Change Desktop Icon Appearance, Not Size Nor Text

Hi Giselle, Welcome to 8 forums.

This link might be able to help you. Changing the Visual Appearance of Windows 8 | HP? Support

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This should be easy but I've found several instructions to the right page-- but the font box is greyed out.

The font size is ok but I want to make it look more like old XP which means light blue background with white
font lettering on the desktop. The default goes to black text for light background-- I already found that out.

Years ago I did this on another job but can't remember how to get around what Win7 _wants_ to do.

With this is mind is there any summary screen of what changes have been made?. As said, the usual
setup screen allows me to change b/g color but font is greyed out.

A:Change the icon font color on Win7 Desktop

I use a program called Iconoid Iconoid - Hide and show desktop icons, maketransparent backgrounds


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I have a friend who is elderly and has problems seeing. I went into the display settings on his XP Home Edition and was able to change the font and the font size on the icon captions for his desktop. BUT I CANNOT FIND HOW TO CHANGE THE COLOR OF THE CAPTIONS! I find that the menu for changing sizes and fonts for the various display items very confusing! If someone could tell me precisely how I can change the color from white to black I would greatly appreciate it!

A:How To Change Icon Captions Font Color on Desktop?

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