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How to change path of icon on desktop with using notepad

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

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?

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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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Hi,

i recently downloaded avast 4 and ran a boot log scan. No virus came up in the scan. The scan was not run in safe mode for the following reasons. The first attempt at logging into safe mode i hit F8 and clicked on SAFE MODE. After doing this different file names shot down the screen Example.. disk0partition followed by file names....The second time when i attempted safe mode the file windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe was on the black screen. The commonpriv.loglock desktop icon and commonpriv notepad icon are still on my start page. My hijack this log is as follows:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:04:07 AM, on 2/17/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16981)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\SoftwareUpdate\YahooAUService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.... Read more

A:common.priv.loglock desktop icon and notepad icon

common.priv.loglock desktop icon and notepad icon
Hi,

i recently downloaded avast 4 and ran a boot log scan. No virus came up in the scan. The scan was not run in safe mode for the following reasons. The first attempt at logging into safe mode i hit F8 and clicked on SAFE MODE. After doing this different file names shot down the screen Example.. disk0partition followed by file names....The second time when i attempted safe mode the file windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe was on the black screen. The commonpriv.loglock desktop icon and commonpriv notepad icon are still on my start page. My hijack this log is as follows:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:04:07 AM, on 2/17/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16981)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\SoftwareUpdate\YahooAUService.exe
C:\WINDOWS... Read more

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How do I get back my existing Notepad icon which was change to text icon. Did the virus change it?

A:Notepad Icon change to text

What virus? Was your computer infected?

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Is there a way to change the default path and file for browsing for an icon from System32 to a custom location? This would save me a whole lot of mouse clicks. This would be a change to the the Windows file properties dialog box "Look for Icons in this file:"

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Hey folks!

On my desktop (Windows 7 Professional), I continue to have this program icon that always reappears on my desktop. I can move it and delete it via recycle bin, but whenever I put the computer to sleep and wake it back up or reboot it, the icon reappears on the desktop, forcing me to delete it again. It's gotten to the point where it's a huge pain. Here are a few screenshots.

The first one, shows my desktop with the placement of the icon. It comes back here no matter what I do, each time I log on. The 2nd and 3rd screenshots show the folder path and the location of the icon. Notice, how it shows my name and then desktop. I figure this is the reason behind it continuing to show up on my desktop. All I want to do is change the location and folder path, so it doesn't keep showing up. Please help!

A:HOW TO: How to change icon properties/Folder path

My Avast, when a certain function is turned on [something to do with having a secure place on the hard-drive similar to IdentityGuard's sandbox-like browser], it always always placed that particular icon on the desktop, without fail. You just might have some similar setting or built-in setting in that program you displayed.

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Icon is just a white blank icon.

Works accessing program. In task bar and on programs list is proper. Only icon like this. On both admin and user account

i have been searched forum, and lots of places on internet. Wow this is a tuffy to figure out.

A:Notepad icon on desktop is generic

Hello Cel01,

Could you post a screenshot of this just so that we could verify which icon is white blank since there's the main Notepad icon and a shortcut arrow overlay on the icon? If the shortcut arrow overlay is blank, then it could just be almost covering up all of the main icon making it appear to be the Notepad icon when it's really the overlay.

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I went though a process about two weeks ago where one of the BC experts helped restore my computer and ultimately eliminate a search engine redirect problem. The support was outstanding.

Today I noticed a new problem when I am using IE 8. I will get messages telling me the webpage has been restored but I am not able to get it back. When I close IE 8 I see Notepad Icons on my desktop with labels such as "hs_err_pid2712" The content says something about an Exception Stack Overflow.

Any ideas?

A:Notepad Icon on Desktop Re: Internet Explorer

Well, I think I answered my own question. I saw a reference to Java in the Notepad files stored on my desktop. I updated my JAVA and all is well now.

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I have:

Windows 7
Avast Antivirus
Spybot S&D

Everything's up to date. I keep getting a Notepad blank document showing up on my desktop named debug.log. It seems to reappear when I open igoogle or other windows. Anyone hear of this? How do I get rid of it. It's happening on all my home computers. I usually update the Avast and Spybot at the same time along with Windows Update.

A:Blank Notepad Debug log icon Keeps Showing on Desktop

Anyone?

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Hi,

I recently changed the default install path on Windows 7 from C: to D: using regedit. However now all software and games I install have their desktop shortcut defaulted to the old install path on C:\Program Files\ which of course means they don't work and I have to change the shortcut manually.

Now while this isn't a huge problem, I was wondering if there's a key in the registry that I could change to default the shortcut to D: as well. I tried browsing the registry and googling but came up with nothing.

Cheers.

A:How to change default desktop shortcut path for new installs

Shortcuts are .lnk files. You could write a little script in AutoIt using this function
Function FileGetShortcut

The scripting language is free and should work on XP and later

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Hi,

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

example:

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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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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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

Jerry

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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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Hi All,

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

Thanks.

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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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 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

or

Change how the Recycle Bin looks - Windows Vista 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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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:

[.ShellClassInfo]
[email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183

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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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.
Jerry

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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.

drpepper

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.

Thanks.

A:Desktop icon change size ?

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

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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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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
and
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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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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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

Hi,
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.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU
Note: It can't be imported, just copy its value.



Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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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 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.
kitty500cat
 

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Hiya,

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?
Cheers
 

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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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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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,
Shawn

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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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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?
 

A:icon display on desktop suddenly change

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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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Hi,

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 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.
Thanks.

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.
Thanks.


Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization

Then go to change desktop icons.

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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?

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Iconoid will do that and much more.

It's Freeware!
 

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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

Shawn

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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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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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Registry.LocalMachine.OpenSubKey will not work because there is no subkey.
However there is an entry called Default with the path in it under notepad++.

How get the program's path from the Default value under notepad++?


below calls do not work -- or maybe I am doing something wrong

Dim pRegKey As RegistryKey = Registry.LocalMachine.
OpenSubKey("SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\notepad++)

Dim pRegKey As RegistryKey = Registry.LocalMachine.
GetValue("SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\notepad++)

When exported the .reg file contains the '@=' (without the quotes) which I don't understand.

Thanks in advance.

A:how get notepad++ path from windows registry

Notepad++ - ConTeXt wiki Not sure if this is what you mean

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When in a program i.e. Gmail, Outlook etc., then "save shortcut to desktop'. It saves it to the desktop with its' program related icon. Then after a couple times accessing it, the icon changes to an icon of the world globe.
Why and how can I change it back???
thanks
 

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I have two PC's, both running Windows 8.1
This question does not pertain to Windows 7 or earlier versions of the Windows Operating System.
On the 1st PC, the text displayed under the icons on the Desktop is completely black with no shadows.
On the 2nd PC the text displayed under the icons on the Desktop is white with a black shadow, even when the background color is solid white!
I want to change the color of the icon text on the 2nd PC to a solid black, as is present on the 1st PC.
I have been through the following with no success:
 - Changed all personalization settings by right clicking and selecting Personalization on the desktop.
 - Ran Regedit and tried changing, and comparing  the Color Settings between the two PC's, under:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Control Panel, ColorsHKEY_CURRENT_USER, Control Panel, Desktop, ColorsHKEY_CURRENT_USER, Control Panel, Desktop, WindowMetrics
Within the Control Panel I have selected System, Advanced System Settings, Advanced, Performance, Visual Effects where I unchecked the "Use Drop Shadows for icon labels on the desktop".  I verified that the ListViewShadow is being changed
using Regedit at HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, Explorer, Advanced yet there is still no affect upon the Desktop screen, even when rebooted.  I also tried changing ListViewShadow directly in the registry, again with no
affect.
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A:Change Icon Text Color On Windows 8.1 Desktop

Hello Yolanda,
Your suggestion above about disabling the "show my desktop background on Start" did enable me to get black text/font under the icons on the Desktop.
I have also found another contributor to creating white shadowed text/font as follows:
If, when using the Control Panel, System\Advanced System Settings\Advanced\Performance\Visual Effects\Use Drop Shadows for icon labels on the desktop is set then: When using regedit, there is a correlation
between HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\PaintDesktopVersion being set to 1, which gives the white shadowed text/font on the Desktop.  Disabling (or setting to 0) allowed the black text/font to reappear, but only after entering
regedit for at least two times.  The change wouldn't take affect with just one entry into regedit.  Of course the real purpose of this property is to display the Windows version and build in the lower right corner of the Desktop.

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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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Hello tenforums, I hope you can help.

A friend of mine who recently upgraded to Windows 10 is legally blind and is struggling with some accessibility options. Here is what we are struggling with: We need to change the font color of desktop icons to black. Certain contrasts are more visible for some impairments and in this case, a yellow background with black bold icon text is the best condition.

What I've tried:
Tried high contrast theme / modeTried to modify regedit based on a suggestion for 8.1 here.

Where I've looked:
Control Panel - System - Advanced System Settings - Advanced - PerformancePersonalize - Change Desktop IconsPersonalize - ColorsControl Panel - PersonalizationDisplay SettingsThemes - Theme Settings

I was able to get the text black when using the white high contrast mode, but that option won't work. While it does change the icon text to black, it also takes over many other options that deliver a less than desirable contrast for the user. We originally were thinking we could start with the high contrast theme, save as another theme and then systematically roll back the changes we didn't like, leaving the black text. Does not work - when in high contrast mode it effectively locks out your ability to make certain changes.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

A:Desktop Icon Color Change - Accessibility Option

I struggled with this for some time but I found a way. If you have the background set to picture, set it to Solid color. Chances are it's black by default. This is forcing a white font color regardless what you select for a picture. Change it to say orange, which will make the font color black. Now change the background back to picture, and you should have a black icon font color.

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