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How to Change default DESKTOP ICON itself

Q: How to Change default DESKTOP ICON itself

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.

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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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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 SO hate this icon for desktop i dont know how i did but i changed it long ago and it's bothering me now so bad...so i want to change it back to default Desktop icon...

or stock one i dont care but not this one...

i want to be able to change icon to be same one on both of this location circled in Green in attached Picture...

Thanks for any help!

A:Change icon to Default!

Did you change your theme? Did you make any changes and then notice the icon?

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How can I change default icon to other ?

I mean to change all of folder icon to other in the same time

A:How can I change default icon to other ?

Which icon.?

A screenshot would be helpful.

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Is there a way to set a default folder icon, so when i make a new folder anywhere it will use my custom icon?

sorry im a n00b sometimes

A:change folder icon default?

Have a llok at this

Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon

A Guy

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When I change an icon, it opens %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll I'd like to change that. I hate the stock Windows icons. So, I use custom icons. When I change an icon, I want it to open up my Icon folder. My folder is located at My Computer/Local Disc (C)/My Icons

That's where I'd like the Change Icon to point.

TIA

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When I plug in my iPhone, the icon in my computer shows a device which doesn't look like an iPhone. See below:
If I plug in my iPhone 3GS it shows the icon below:
Is it possible to change the iPhone 4S icon to a different icon or maybe use the same icon as the iPhone 3GS?

Thanks.

A:Change default iPhone 4S icon

Welcome to the Seven Forums
The icon in your first screenshot is icon #2066 in the DDORes.dll and you are using 64-bit so that .dll will be in both C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64 so yes that icon can be changed.
The icon in the second screenshot must have came from the phone to find out where it is located at right click on it and then click on create shortcut which you put a shortcut on the desktop on that shortcut right-click on it go down to properties click on properties choose the shortcut tab and then click on the change icon button in the next open window the address field should show where the icon is. If you get that far I can help you change it if you like.
Here is an example of what I explained to do.
Jerry

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Hello there, I am looking for a way to change the default Icon for a program. I really want to change the icon for Aim as I it looks strange on my Taskbar;

I have tried to change the icon on every shortcut leading to Aim, but it won't change on the taskbar. The only icon I am not able to change is the default one, and I mean that is the one I have to change. When I go into properties on the default Aim.exe file in the directory I get;

Anyone knows how to change this icon?

A:Change Default Icon on Programs

Try removing the Taskbar shortcut.
Then right click aim.exe & send to Desktop as shortcut.

Then you should be able to change the icon for the shortcut.

If so, drag & drop it to Taskbar.
Post back results please.

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Hi guys.

Iv downloaded a couple of MP3 files that have different icons to the Vista Default MP3 icon.

Is there anyway I could change them to the default please?

Tried a few avenues but with no luck, im a bit of a dummy when it comes to computers.

Thanks!

A:How Do I Change MP3 Icon Files To Default?

If you go into Control Panel\Default Programs, you can look at file associatons. Most likely, another program that you have has taken over the association. Change it to Windows Media Player.

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I want to change the default icons for unknown files in XP. At the moment unrecognised file extensions get the icon which is a page.
http:[email protected]/4354298129/
I think I did this before by going to folder options > file types but I cant' remember the name of the unknown one to change it.
How do I get rid of this horrible page thing??
thanks in advance
 

A:change default icon for unknown files in XP

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I'm trying to figure out a way to change the default icon for a specific file type (ie: change .vbs icon to a custom icon). I've been doing some searching on this forum and I've come across some ways to change default icons but they all seem to involve going through the registry. Is that really the only way to change the default icons on Windows 7? I LOVE 7 so far but that really sucks if thats true. What happened to the screen in the attached image (taken from XP)?

A:Change default icon on file type

Hello jvbeardsley, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This can help show you how to.

File Extension Icon - Change Default Icon

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Love this site...has helped me with so many little tweaks...THANKS! Got an issue that may need some help,though. Tried this tutorial (Control Panel - Change Default Icon) and it worked, but only partially. Hack changed the desktop icon and icon in file explorer, but no matter what I did, I couldn't get the start menu {right side} icons to change {like image one in tutorial} when i hovered over choices. Checked and double checked everything...no joy. I finally got the start menu icons change by using classic shell, via their menu tweaks. Would still like to know why my reg changes didn't stick. All that said, I need a tutorial for doing the same procedure in windows 8.1, via the registry hack method.

A:Control panel-change default icon

Hi and welcome:








  
Quote: Originally Posted by K3lamity


Love this site...has helped me with so many little tweaks...THANKS! Got an issue that may need some help,though. Tried this tutorial (Control Panel - Change Default Icon) and it worked, but only partially. Hack changed the desktop icon and icon in file explorer, but no matter what I did, I couldn't get the start menu {right side} icons to change {like image one in tutorial} when i hovered over choices. Checked and double checked everything...no joy. I finally got the start menu icons change by using classic shell, via their menu tweaks. Would still like to know why my reg changes didn't stick.


Sorry, no idea...






Quote:
All that said, I need a tutorial for doing the same procedure in windows 8.1, via the registry hack method.


Perhaps try this: Control Panel Icons - Change or Restore in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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All my folders appears to be in list detail views, is it possible to change views of all the folders altogether?

A:how to change default icon size in folders?

Hello Ross,

Why yes, this can help walk you through setting a default folder view to all folders.

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hey .. ! need your help again EIGHTFORUMERS . I just need someone to give me a program to change the default icos of my Folder , .txt .dll files If anyone know anything pls i badly need it . !! hoping for your answer !!

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How do I change pinned .txt file icon to default.

I've pinned some of my text files on Notepad for faster access, but it is very annoying to see that old generic notepad icon. It wasn't like that before. I don't know how it happened.

I've already tried rebuilding IconCache.db, restarted the PC but still the same.

A:How do I change pinned .txt file icon to default.

set windows explorer in "details"view or "list" view. so you see smaller icons. Are those smaller icons now also wrong?

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I'm using FileTypesMan x64 (by NirSoft) to change icons of file extensions, such as zip, crx, cmd, etc, and I reached the bottom where I could edit a "Folder" and "Directory" entry. When I went to change the icons on both, nothing changed. Is this something that can be done with FileTypesMan? I was hoping to change the default folder icon to the Windows 10 RTM icon.

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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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This happened awhile ago and I'm only NOW questioning its origins, but after a certain update, (or maybe not) a handful file extensions got their default icons changed to a rather peculiar one. It's a built-in icon, but doesn't fit JPEG, PNG, RAR, VHD, or even BMP. I've changed them back to default using FileTypesMan, but I noticed this on my old and current installation of Windows 7. Old was clean, current is in-place. Is there a certain update that causes Windows to change the default icons for some extensions? I mean, it's not major, but just curious why it goes through the trouble to mess with the default icons. On some other computers, such as the ones within my school, I've noticed that some programs show the proper icon within the shortcut properties, but when said program is open on the taskbar, it shows this one (attached) or the icon of a completely different application, like Microsoft word showing the icon of a database file or PowerPoint. Any ideas?

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I have been trying to change the default shortcut icon for IE. I have one I would like to use that is not just a page with an e. I would like to click a webpage > create shortcut and my icon will be there.

I went into HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and changed a bunch of the DefaultIcon to my icon path. C:\Windows\Ico\online.ico

Some changed, but not not all. Some of the icons that did not change, I changed by hand and some go back to the default icon after I open the page.



I would like to replace the top one with the bottom icon.

Can anyone help me on this?

A:Change Default Internet Explorer Shortcut Icon

Hello Chuck,

This tutorial may help you with creating the IE7 internet shortcut. It doesn't replace the default icon for all of them, but will show you how to have the icon you want display without the default IE7 icon.

Internet Shortcut

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi there -- seems like with every new update done to Windows XP Home (SP2 + all current updates), I develop a new little annoyance.

A few updates back, I noticed that when I change file associations to a specific program opening up my .jpgs, .tifs, and .gifs, from the default (Windows Picture & Fax Viewer), the newly-associated file does open the file, but the icons for those files remains as the default Windows Picture & Fax Viewer.

(I suspect at the bottom of many of problems MAY be the installation of my Lexmark printer -- but then, it's a convenient scapegoat for everything! )

Does anyone have a clue how I can get the newly-associated file extensions to reflect the icon of the program actually being used?

Thanks in advance,
Iris
 

A:Solved: File Associations Change but Default Icon Remain

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Hi all - i understand that this might call for the use of resource hacker ( which i really dont have much experience using ) but im willing to give it a try or perhaps any other method(s) that might be suggested.

PDF-XChange has a horrible looking icon ( to me anyways ) that it sets for pdf files.
i would like to change the i con to another of my choice.

This is the one it sets for PDFs that you save or create by default:
This is the one that i would like to make the default for new PDFs:
Can anyone advise on how i would go about achieving this?
 

A:Solved: How Can I Change The Default Icon That A Program Uses For Certain File Type?

Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Type regedit.

Expand: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

Scroll down to PDF-XChange.Document (or something similar).

Expand it and click on DefaultIcon.

In the right-hand pane, double-click the default value and change the path to where you saved your customized icon (.ico file).

Reboot the computer.
Or, read THIS.
 

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Hi,

Anyone knows who to change the blinking orange icon on the taskbar to other color?

A:WIN7: How to change the default orange blinking icon on the taskbar?

Never seen it. Can you posta pic ?

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In Windows 7, all the good icons are in %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll, but we're still taken to the old SHELL32.dll when it comes time to change an icon.

Is there a registry key or something that we can change to remedy this?

A:Change default location for "Change Icon..." button?

Anyone?

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Does anyone know if there is a way to change the default location for new icons on the desktop. When I download something to the desktop it automatically puts the icon in the top right corner, but I would rather it be in a different location. Any ideas?

Thanks
 

A:New Desktop Icon Default Location?

Right click an empty space on the Desktop> Arrange Icons By> uncheck Auto Arrange or any check mark under the Name, size, modified or type.
 

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Windows 7, using IE9. Dragging url to desktop to create shortcut seems to work EXCEPT the ison is a blank, default windows type icon. The icons did appear in the past and after the recent update the icon is the same default icon for all url shortcuts.

How can I return the icon to its original state?
 

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Hi

The other day, after running OK for several months, Windows 7 failed to start. In the end I did a clean install again. Everything is now working again, except for one niggling little problem.

All the icons on the desktop, with the exception of the rubbish bin, is overlaid with what I would call the "Default Icon". The icon you would see if a program didn't have it's own icon? Under most of the icons, you can actually see parts of the "propper" icon sticking out from the edges.

Quite a lot of "help" pages suggest that that the IconCache file might be at fault. But I have tried many things to resolve this problem, but so far it just will not go away.

So any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.

Terry

A:Desktop Icons covered by default icon

Hello Terry, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like it's the shortcut arrow overlay on the icon that has been messed up. Using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to restore the default arrow should fix this for you.

Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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What did I do this time! I got a nasty Malware program "WeCare" from the Imgburn Install (I think) and ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to get rid of all the stuff it put in the registry. That seemed to work. I also ran CCleaner a couple of times. Again that seemed to work. However, now SOME of the shortcuts that I created for standalone programs - IBT, HWinfo, Prime95, SSDLife, and RegEdit show as a blank page with the upper right corner folded. I have also run into this issue on a W7 system but managed to force Windows to pick up an Icon from a different source. So...any idea on who or what is causing this problem would be appreciated. What file can I delete that would cause Windows to rebuild the Desktop Icons?

I found a .bat file that deletes the Icon Cache and rebuilds it. That solves my immediate issue...but...still curious on who or what caused specific Icons to go to default or whatever.

A:Some Desktop Icons turned into a default Icon

Hello Ken,

It's caused when the icon cache that Windows uses to load preloaded icons from gets corrupted. In your case, I would say the malware or one of the actions used to remove the malware corrupted it.

Rebuilding the icon cache solves the issue by forcing Windows to clear the corrupted icon cache and preload a fresh copy of the icons in the cache again.

Icon Cache - Rebuild - Windows 7 Help Forums

It's nothing to worry about. The icon cache tends to be easily corrupted.

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Ok, i am about to confuse some people. BUT I have my main monitor set to my 1920x1080 screen but have my taskbar set to my 2nd screen (1680x1050) but my icons still keep going to my 1920x1080 screen. I have tried displayfusion and ultramon to see about a option to set icons to 2nd screen by default but with no luck.

how could I make my second screen be default for my icons but not as my main screen.

A:Help With Default Icon Desktop Save Location

guess i am asking too much lol

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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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hi, does anyone know where i can find that icon so i can change it even if i need to use reshack

A:win7 default show desktop icon resource?

Welcome to Seven Forums ainoshoes. Are you talking about the little rectangle on the right end of the taskbar as in this tutorial?

Show Desktop Shortcut - Create

I would suspect it would reside in imageres.dll, but I have never seen anyone change that other then to change location.

A Guy

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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 would like to change my Win 7 ULT box so that when I enter text into the "Search programs and files" box, the system will use my favorite 3rd party search app. I use UltraSearch. Is that possible?

I've read most of the posts about removing the search text box. That's not what I want to do. I like having the search box right there after I click on the 'Start/Globe'. I just want to use a different search engine.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

wegrok

A:How can I change the default desktop search on Win 7

I do not believe this would ever be possible. Your best bet would be to pin UltraSearch to the start menu. One more click, but as close as you can get. A Guy

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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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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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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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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 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'm not exactly sure how to phrase what I'm asking for, so I'll show it with the pictures below

here's my current desktop


Everything you see generally was the other way around; my folders were on the right because whenever I saved a picture from my browser, it'd save on the left.

I took a side-by-side picture of a after-and-before of how it looks after I save a picture (on the left side of my computer):

@the Shinobu picture at the top in the left one. It will save on that side and fill up any space left

I was wondering can I change the default saving position to the right side instead. I tried googling, but as I said early I'm not exactly sure how I'd word this for a search engine

A:How do I change the default saving position on my desktop

I don't know of a way to accomplish what you want.

However, you can use Fences 1 free (Download Fences 1.01 - FileHippo.com). You can configure what files goes into which fence and some more. The current version is 2 (10USD, free version is time-based trial).

Edit: Wanted to clarify - Fences 1 free is unlimited-time free version.

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I really cannot stand the color of the Desktop and Explorer window highlight color (light blue.) How do I change the hover color on the desktop, or remove it completely? I would like to change it to the olive color I managed to change my notepad highlight color and hot tracking color.

I changed my drag color (hot tracking) color to this olive green color.
I also got my highlight color to change to the same color in notepad
I want to change my highlight color in the menu (hovering refresh) to a different color.
I want to change the color of these selected items in explorer
The same with the icons selected on the desktop

And finally I want the hover but not selected icon color on the desktop (even lighter blue) to be changed as well.

A:How do I change my Desktop default highlight color?

Woww, that's a lot you want to change!
I'm using several 'Stardock Software' for my custumisations.
Take a look at:

Stardock Corporation - Products

It's no freeware but most of their procucts are small priced AND you can always try it for free (fully functioning if i'm correct)
Hope it helps you

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Hello, question is the topic title. Google couldnt help me.

Reason for the question: I have two monitors, and on my second monitor I have all my icons/shortcuts/folders. When I download or save a file to the desktop it automatically is on my primary monitor at the top left position. :/

I hope you can help me. Thanks!

A:How to change Default Position for new Desktop Icons?

Welcome gorgos,


Do you have Align Icons Un-Checked ?

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I installed a new external drive. When I booted up the display/desktop font has changed to a smaller size and type. This includes start menu, address bars, icons, even applications like excel appears different, it says the right font and size but it's changed.
I have tried a variety of things, resolution aspect ratio, themes and other
The thought at this point is to log on as Guest User, copy all the necessary registry values, then import them into my normal account. I have logged on as Guest and everything is right, don't know why, but it is. To do this I would like some advice and help. I get uneasy when messing with the registry plus I don't know all the values I will need and location.
Can someone help with this, or, if someone knows another way, I'm willing to try that too
Thanks
awsmitty
 

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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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