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Cannot change ie or firefox url desktop shortcut icon

Q: Cannot change ie or firefox url desktop shortcut icon

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 have no idea how to do it. Also, how do I change an icon of any program?

A:How do I change the icon of firefox(the program itself, not the shortcut of it)?

Hello. Welcome to TSF

Do you mean the 'icon' you see in the top left corner when Firefox is open?

I don't think that can be changed.

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Hello. I created an internet shortcut to Facebook on the desktop, and made an ICO file for the logo. However, when I open up Properties, there is no option to Change Icon. Why is that, and how can I fix this?

P.S. My default browser is RockMelt.

A:Change Icon Of Internet Shortcut

Hello Averatis, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to create your internet shortcut with instead to be able to change it's icon.

Internet Website Shortcut - Create

Hope this helps,

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Created a sleep shortcut using this command: rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0, disabled Hibernate, and the sleep command works perfectly. However, its icon is very generic cr*p, and when I clicked "change icon," the only icon showing was the geneic folder-like icon. What happened to the list of icons? And if I can't get tot he list, how can I change the icon? Thanks.

EDIT: Just noticed that when I brought the computer out of sleep that "Locked" now appears above the password field. Everything worked alright, but I'd also like to know what "Locked" means and why it is there?

A:Can't change icon for Sleep shortcut?

For the icon, after you click on Change Icon, browse to


that's where all the normal icons reside.

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I've created a shortcut to a folder that contains data files used by a particular program. I would like to change the shortcut icon for that folder to the icon used by the program. Program icons do not appear in the shortcut|properties|change icon list. Is there a way to make the icon replacement?

A:How to change shortcut icon for folder?

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I probably have a silly problem, but I can't find a way out after hours of google.
I have a folder with pictures. I moved some of them to a different folder and replaced them with a shortcut to the new location.
The newly created shortcut works perfectly but its icon is the icon of the refered picture with the small "shortcut arrow" overimposed.
This is not ok for my scope and I want to replace this icon with a generic fixed one i.e. "stop signal".
This can be easily done with a right click on the Shortcut, then Properties, Change Icon, etc.
Unfortunately this needs to be repeated for each and every Shortcut I have to change, because if I do a multiple selection before the right click the Change Icon dialog is not available.
Is there a way, a command, a program, whatever, that I can use to do the icon change in many Shortcuts at once?
Thanks for reading till here

A:Multiple icon change in .lnk Shortcut

Well, by now I learned that the problem was not silly and the answer hard to find, but I made it.
The solution is to create the shortcut with a freeware called xxmklink downloadable here Creating a Shortcut from the command line (batch file)
It's a command line program and, among its parameter, it also allows to specify the desired icon.
Hope this feedback will help someone else.

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When installing Firefox from Google there were three Firefox Icons created on my desktop. None of them launch Firefox. When I go to delete the icons I get a message "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the sourche file or disk."

Because I have an icon in my quick tools box that works.

How can I delete the three icons on my desktop. Firefox runs just fine. I just want to get rid of these three icons.

PS. I'm using Firefox

A:Firefox Shortcut Icon

You could try to delete them in safe mode.

[Press F8 when rebooting]

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If you want to do what I want to do as the subject said, you DO NOT do this:

"click & hold mouse left button while on the target directory & press CTRL+ALT, then release left mouse button"

Ya, I know this works with previous Windows system. But in Vista, this seems create a "restricted" shortcut & you can never find a shortcut tab in properties dialog.

Instead, you SHOULD do this:

Copy the full path of your target directory & click right button on Desktop background, then choose shortcut, when it asks you the target to shortcut, paste the full path of your target path you copied just now & press ok. This will create a "general" shortcut & now you can find that shortcut tab in properties dialog.

Hope this helps people!

Scott Chu @ Taiwan

A:Change Shortcut Icon of a directory in Vista

Thank You,Scott Chu,

You represent the true spirit of this Forum. It is a place where you can share your expertise or use ours. Thanks

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The problem is that the protocol indicated; that is, rt. click icon on desk top, properties and change icon is not available anymore on my system. It used to work that way but somehow no longer. Instead, going to properties give you no avenue to change icons. Is this fixable?

A:Solved: change shortcut icon for folder?

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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,

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Well basically I have just realised on my laptop desktop the small shortcut icon displayed in the bottom left of an Icon has changed to a sort of user icon, I was wondering how I get this back to the small arrow??? Please see picture below
Shortcut icons Changed.PNG

Guys I now have realised it has just changed again :S:S:S:S:S

So whenever I copy something or save something new to my desktop it changes this icon :S

A:Desktop Shortcut Icon

lol, that icon means that it is being shared on your homegroup. Why don't you make it so that your "desktop" folder is not being shared on your network?

Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings

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Hello Team,

I have added some websites shortcut on my metro desktop; i.e. youtube, Yahoo mail etc. I would like to change the picture on this shortcut Icon.. Is it possible.. could you please help on this..

Thanks in advance..

A:How to change Internet sites shortcut Icon on Metro Dsktp?

If they are shortcuts, change the icon before pinning to Start.

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How do I put a facebook shortcut icon on my desktop?

A:How do I put a facebook shortcut icon on my desktop?

If you are using Internet Explorer you should be able to right click on you facebook home page and select "Create Shortcut".   

I am an employee of Hewlett Packard.- - Please mark Accept As Solution if it solves your problem so others can more easily find the answer - -- - Please click the Kudos star if you would like to say thanks - -

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what is the arrow on the left bottom corner on desktop short cut icon for?

A:an arrow on desktop shortcut icon?

To show that it's a shortcut.
Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

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One keyboard shortcut is.... Win key + shift + arrow left . Does anyone know how to take this function and create a desktop icon to do the same thing? THANKS for any help. Undine.

A:From keyboard shortcut to desktop icon.

Win+Shift+Left(Right) moves ACTIVE (focused) window to second monitor, doesn't it?
While clicking on desktop icon your pointer automatically focus on that icon, and your window loses focus, so trick won't work.

By you can try this software, it was made for multiple monitor management
(it has quick window moving function even in Free version).

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I'm trying to install a photo editing software called Gimp. After I have successfully installed it, the message says: Application may be launched by selecting shortcut," etc. But I don't see any shortcut icon on my desktop. I'm using Windows 8, 64 bit if that is important. Never had a problem like this before. I am a VERY low tech guy. Thank you.

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I recently got a Toshiba Satellite L500 Series Laptop.

There is an Icon or a Shortcut named "Recent Places"
I want to remove it from the desktop as I do not need it and its out of place. However I'm confused because the only options when right-clicked are: Open, Clear recent items list and Create Shortcut.

I tried dragging into the start menu but it is still on the desktop as well. I cant drag it into the recycle bin and I do not know what else to do.

Can someone please help me?


The Noob

A:Cant remove desktop Icon/Shortcut

Try right clicking desktop>personalize>change desktop icons (top right of the window)>uncheck recent places.


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I've seen solutions posted all over for removing the desktop icon from appearing in windows 7 when you press alt+tab, but this does not seem to apply the change to the win+tab shortcut.

I added a DWORD called 'AltTabSettings' in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer and set the value to 1, is this supposed to work for both alt+tab and win+tab?

If not, anyone know how to do this? It would make win+tab (which is much prettier of an effect than alt+tab) much more effective.

-on win7 home premium 64bit

A:Anyone know how to remove the desktop icon from the win+tab shortcut?

Hello Bob, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Unfortunately, that will only work with the ALT+Tab option. I'm not sure how to do this with WIN+Tab, if possible.

ALT+TAB - Use Classic Icons or Default Thumbnails

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I recently downloaded IE 10 Can not open IE 10 with desktop shortcut Icon , the Icon opens to an add I have renewed several times, always same results, any one have a clue

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5400 @ 2.70GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 6133 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 601581 MB, Free - 462345 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0N826N
Antivirus: Kaspersky PURE 2.0, Disabled

A:IE 10 will not open with Shortcut Icon on desktop

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Hi Here is a similar posting at the Microsoft Community site: (Win 7, 2009 Toshiba laptop) "Desktop shortcuts activate the lowest right icon - very perplexed, even reinstalling Windows didn't fix it, need real expert help please..." In other words, clicking on any desktop icon will activate only the bottom of the screen, shortcut-linked program. That icon is already blue too. I am refurbishing an old Acer Travelmate 2420 w/new install of XP sp3, exactly the same problem,also the mouse pointer won't move pane sliders enuff to click on downloads. I think that this is a hardware problem perhaps overheating? (because we have different machines and OS so it's probably not software, and also everything was fine while playing CloseCombat until I was 20 minutes into the game). Any suggestions as to what and where I can find a diagnostic tool? Thanking you-all in advance. Cheers!

A:Lowest desktop shortcut icon is active

Hi and welcome to TSF you can use this to monitor the temps though the bios is usually the more accurate HWMonitor CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting
Did you install all the drivers

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Since installing IE8 RTM in Vista SP1 x86 I've been having some problems with internet shortcut icons not displaying correctly on my desktop.
I've tried deleting and redoing them, tried using AM Deadlink to refresh my Favourites icons to no avail. They show normally in Favourites but show as a smaller version within a white frame on the desktop. This doesn't seem to effect all of them, just some.

I've attached two thumbnails to illustrate what I mean. The first one is the Canada Post item in Favourites and the second one is the same shortcut on the desktop. As you can see there there's another one doing the same thing for Newegg.ca.

I think I am right in saying that it's not a case of rebuilding the system icon cache as that only effects system icons, am I right?

FYI desktop resolution is 1680 x 1050 and I have the desktop icon size set to Classic.

So any ideas folks?

A:Some Weird Desktop Shortcut Icon Issues

Maybe it shows the favicon in the shortcut instead of the IE symbol.

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How can I reduce size of the SHORTCUT ARROW on icons, for very hi-rez desktops?
I have 30 in. monitor (2600X1900 res.) I have too many shortcuts, so I have to keep them smallest, but arrows are not proportionally small. They are covering most of the icon area, thus I can't see the content of the icon.

A:Desktop shortcut icon's arrow size.

You can try installing some third party icon packs. Some of these icon packs have better looking shortcut icons, possibly with smaller shortcut arrows beside them. Some third party themes also come with such icon packs but they are harder to install.

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Hello All, I want to know how to create shortcut icon for all users in windows 7. I tried C:\Users\Public but no folder for Desktop. Thanks

A:How to create shortcut desktop icon for all users???

I found it! I have to view hidden folders C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop

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I have a copy of Windows 8 RTM and I want to put a shortcut icon for solitaire on the desktop, not on the taskbar. Does anyone know how to do that?

A:How do I put a shortcut icon for solitaire on Windows 8 desktop?

What version of solitare are you referring to? The "real" version copied from another computer, or the messed up metro version?

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I have installed the Windows 8 consumer review OS to a separate SSD installed on my high-end machine. I would like to put a shortcut icon on the Windows 8 desktop for solitaire. Has anyone done this?

Thanks Dan but I have tried what worked in Win 7 and it doesn't work in Win 8.

A:How to add shortcut solitaire icon to Windows 8 desktop

If you rightclick on "Solitaire", do you get the option "Pin to taskbar"? That'll pin it to the taskbar (kinda obvious...)
If you want it to the desktop; try dragging the "Solitaire" icon from the folder to the desktop (Works in W7).

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Hi all guys,

Please help me to find out my problem.

I use Windows 7.I delete shortcut icon of program on desktop by shift+delete key. And when I open program(it work as normal) but it show unknown icon.


Thanks in advance.

Best regards,


A:Problem with Windows 7 shortcut icon on desktop

Hi there, yuth and welcome to SF

Clear and rebuild your icon cache and see if that helps

Icon Cache - Rebuild


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Running win8 gives me beautiful panoramic scenes across my dual screens unspoiled by desktop shortcuts...... EXCEPT FOR THAT STINKING GARBAGE CAN. I have a recycle bin icon that will not allow me to remove it. Right clicking on any other shortcut would bring up a menu with a delete option. Not this one. It wants to stay. Anyone?

A:Removing recycling bin shortcut icon from desktop

Right-click on the Desktop and click Personalise. Now follow the steps shown below (an item that is checked appears on the desktop, one that isn't doesn't). These are per-user settings.

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iv been searching for how many hour, editing registries but no luck how to remove the desktop shortcut icon properties,i already remove the properties in desktop but when you click the shortcut and right-click the properties is still there

A:How to Remove Desktop Shortcut Icon Properties

Hello and welcome Gabriel mate can I just ask what you are trying to do?? For example make them larger, smaller or simply just an icon name??
In Properties as you can see you can change them for one of your choice etc but first why??

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When I create a short cut for a Word document, why is a second greyed-out icon also created on the desktop?

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Hello, I work with my companies IT department. Over the past year or so I have had the same problem as listed below. Sometimes uninstalling, deleting the softwares folder and re-installing the program takes care of the problem. Other times (like this one) it does not.

I have a user who has a desktop icon that when double clicked tries to open an install for another program already installed on the computer. It is looking for the location folder for what to install. If I click "OK" it will give an "Error 1706" and then repeats. If I cancel it then it comes up again. If I cancel it a second time it will actually open the intended program for the icon.

How can I get this icon to open the program without going through the install it is asking for?

A:Desktop shortcut icon tries to open install from another program

Hi and welcome to the Forum
Try this:
Right click the icon on the desktop, click delete. You should get a pop up telling ou that this will just delete the icon and not the program. OK. Now go to C:\Program Files\ and search for the folder of the program in question. [or if the folder is not there try C:\Program Files (x86)] Locate the program exe file and right click it, choose "Send to" Then choose "Desktop (create shortcut). This will put a new icon on your desktop.
Hope this helps!

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How can I make a desktop shortcut for Internet Explorer?

There is no option to create a shortcut after right clicking on IE--neither in Start/Programs nor on the IE icon I have on the task bar.

I think the icon I have on the task bar is the one that used to be on the desktop before I moved it; because I couldn't find how to create a duplicate back then either.

A:How Make Desktop Shortcut Icon for Internet Explorer?

Hello Tom,

This can help show you how to.

Internet Explorer Desktop Icon - Create in Windows 7

Hope this helps,

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This happens: a new App (a zip files Manager) has messed up some icons of Windows 8. The Send to context menus has lost the shortcut to send to desktop. So I downloaded the Fix REPAIR SEND TO DESKTOP (the zip file) and I followed the procedure. The unzipped DESKLINK file actually appears in the Folder, however not in the context menus: no shortcut, no icon.
I bypassed the inconvenient with an expedient in the SEND To Folder: I dragged into there the icon of the desktop from the Explorer and and least the function of sending is reactivated.
In reality there is a difference in what is sent to desktop: with the regular send to command you create a shortcut, with my expedient you send the real file/folder. It is not the same thing.
I tried many ways to restore the original configuration: NOT the system restore, not the re-installation. I believe that the mess created by the new App is rooted in the registry. I did not alter anything in there.

Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

A:DESKLINK - Send to Desktop > Loss of shortcut and of icon

Hello geomazo,

You might see if using Option One in the tutorial below may be able to help.

Send To Context Menu - Remove or Restore Default Items - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,

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I always use Sandboxie to open my browsers and this still works perfectly with Chrome, but the normal Chrome desktop shortcut icon has suddenly stopped working.
All the other desktop icons work OK.
I would appreciate any clues as to why this has happened and how I can resolve it.

A:Google Chrome Desktop Shortcut Icon not Working

It looks like a false alarm.
I use Standby and Hibernate all the time and only shut down perhaps every 2-3 days.
Somehow the desktop Chrome icon function must have got paralysed during the sleep period, because when I eventually did shut the computer down and restarted it, the Chrome icon is now working.
Sorry for the false alarm, but the icon freeze puzzled me. Just re-booting never entered my mind as a solution.

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I recently updated Firefox and somehow IE7 became my default browser. Could have been the kids playing around. I went and switched back to Firefox as default but I have a few internet programs that do not run in Firefox so I had the desktop shortcuts set to open with IE. When I switched Firefox back to default my links switched also. When I open the properties of the link, before you could choose the program you wanted it to open with and uncheck the "make this default" box. Now this box is greyed out. How do I go about changing the browser for only specific desktop links? Thanks.

A:How do you change browser for one desktop shortcut

Hello Rocky, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could create a shortcut using step 4 in OPTION THREE to have it open in Firefox and not affect your default programs.

Internet Website Shortcut - Create

Hope this helps,

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Hello friends,
I have such stupid problems today, i pinned my desktop shortcuts to the taskbar to make my desktop free and after that pinned shortcut on taskbar got strange different shape. why? what is problem and how to correct it?
Thanks in advanced.

A:shortcut shape change on desktop

That is odd.  Can you post a screenshot?

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Hi, I've a pc desktop with Win 7 and LCD monitor connected on internal lvsd not on vga-dvi,
and i need to control the screen brightness with shortcuts or how to restore full brghtness on reboot.

The facts are that on Control panel -> Power -> Screen Brighness I can play with slider to set it, but when i dim all low my screen became black, the backlights are off!
So if i lose the slider focus i can't restore the brightness (the solution should be to attach a second monitor on vga, but i haven't this new monitor)

I ask if there is the possibility to control brightness via shortcuts or to restore the brightness on reboot

thank's in advance


A:How do I change brightness with shortcut on desktop pc?

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums .. Have you tried this Program ...

Desktop Lighter allows you to increase/decrease the contrast of the screen. The program can be operated by dragging the corresponding slider with the mouse or by using the keyboard hotkeys (Ctrl+ arrows). The utility can be set to be launched automatically at Windows startup.
Can not Recommend it as i have never used the Program ...

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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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I had created a shortcut for an application that I had just loaded on to my computer. I By accident I had picked the wrong application to "Opens with" and when I clicked ok the Target type also got set to the wrong file. I deleted it and tried to recreate it with the correct "Opens with" application but now the Target type is not correct so it does not work the way I would like it to. I was trying to follow this article
Creating, modifying, and deleting shortcuts the easy way - Subtle Coolness
that shows me how to change a shortcuts Target type using the Group Policy Management Editor only my version of the Editor does not match what is shown in the article. I can not find the "Shortcuts" in my listing.

Is it possible to change the "Target Type" of a shortcut?

Any help is greatly appreciate!!!


A:How to change the Target type within a desktop shortcut

Hello Jenn, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you changed the default program to be associated to open the file with.

You should be able to use "Open with" again to select the correct program to always open with.

Open With - Change Default Program

Hope this helps,

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Hi, a while ago, I was annoyed with having the little shortcut arrows on desktop icons. I decided to try to find a way to have them removed, so there would be no arrows for shortcuts, and I looked on the internet for how to do so.

1. One site had me download a registry edit thing, and change my registry.
2. Another site let me download a program that would supposedly remove the shortcut arrows.

And, for a while, one of these methods worked, and I didn't have any arrows on my icons! But then, for some reason, it backfired, and now I have that strange 'unknown program' icon in place of an arrow. Here, http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u...s/Untitled.jpg
(It's a safe image, don't worry)

The problem is, I really don't know which of the two things above made this happen, but I can't get it back. What can I do? I'd be fine with or without the arrows, but just not how it is now!

This happened over a year ago, I do not remember the names of the programs, what I did with the registry, and I cannot use system restore that far. Please help with any solution. I have Windows 7.

A:[SOLVED] Icons on desktop have 'missing file icon' instead of shortcut arrow?

Well, the first thing I am going to ask is if you backed up your registry (You never should make changes to the registry - especially if its a never heard of online tweak - without backing it up) That's the short fix, if you did not back up your registry then please bare with me.

Please test the following:
-Double click "My Computer"
-Go into your C:// drive
-Enter the "Program Files" folder
-Go into any folder containing an installed program, and right click on the exe file inside
-"Create Shortcut"

If a shortcut is created within the folder without that ugly missing file icon, then you can just simply go and do that with all your other programs, drag the shortcuts to your desktop, and delete the previous shortcuts. (Then you can rename them something more straightforward, instead of shortcut to so and so just so and so)

If that did not work, I would try a registry cleaner. CCleaner is free and has a basic registry optimizer built in, though you could try a more specific program, such as a RegSeeker.

If none of those work, then please get back to me on it. (I'll probably have thought of another fix by then)

By the way, now that you mentioned those shortcut arrows, I'm getting annoyed at the ones on my desktop!

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[1] Copy URL from Firefox Bookmark
[2] On Desktop, right click empty space
[3] New
[4] Shortcut
[5] Put in URL, Click Next
[6] Type in desired name for shortcut

A:Create Desktop Shortcut from Firefox

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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.


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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Until very recently any shortcut to a website that I create on my desktop automatically takes on my default browser's icon. (Currently Firefox.) But all of a sudden the icons for websites that have an RSS option in them have reverted to some standard boring icon that has nothing to do with the browser nor with rss feeds. (It's definitely not the orange rss icon; it's just some standard boring default icon, like a document page with a folded corner with a square and some colored dots in it.)

So, out of all the links to websites that sit on my desktop, just the ones that point to websites with an option to subscribe to an rss feed have reverted to a common icon picture. Everything other link still has the Firefox symbol. And any new shortcut I create has the same pattern; if there's no rss feed option in that website, the shortcut icon will match the browser's icon. But if there's an rss option the icon will be a plain looking standard icon.

My OS is Vista Ultimate. Any ideas? I can't seem to find this issue anywhere in the forums I've visited. (Or else I just don't know how to phrase it correctly.)

A:Default browser icon lost in desktop shortcut to websites when rss option present

Okay, now I'm not so sure it's strictly related to sites that offer RSS. I played with it some more and some new shortcuts I create (to some of the same sites) take on the browser icon, while others keep defaulting to that boring white icon. I can't determine a consistent pattern. I just know it wasn't happening before!
If anyone has any ideas, thanks in advance!

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This was done successfully in Windows 10 for Google Chrome browser.
The normal shortcut icon as installed: Target: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Shortcut path: C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop
The name on this desktop shortcut is "Google Chrome"
Processed tried for creating another desktop shortcut icon for Google Chrome:
Open File Explorer
Go through path to the item C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
Right-Click this chrome.exe item or file
Chose Send To..., and within the choices there, chose Desktop(create shortcut)
The new desktop shortcut on the desktop has on its own, the name, "chrome - shortcut"
Shortcut path: C:\Users\Admin\Desktop
Making the new shortcut into incognito:
Right clicked the desktop shortcut icon just made
Click Properties
Target field is already highlighted.  Press keyboard right-arrow button, press spacebar one time, type the word 'incognito'  but not use any quotation marks, click Apply and Ok.
The new shortcut to google chrome with the Target adjusted was tested and will open Google Chrome directly into Incognito mode.
Only thing now to do is try to rename the new icon to mention "incognito" and see if this desktop icon still works.

A:Adding new desktop shortcut icon for Google Chrome in Incognito mode on Windows

This is the same method described in the link I posted here.  I don't see any difference in the method you described above.
Why start a new thread?  Why didn't you simply post the above to the thread you already started?

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my problem happened when I deleted firefox. right as the program delete was occuring, I watched as the firefox shortcut icons on my desktop all went blank.
well I was only uninstalling to start a fresh firefox install, which I did.
but the icons didn't rebuild.
even the new ones I drag to my desktop, are blank.

i've tried deleting the iconcache.db, and that didn't work.

I tried the popular windows repair tool for this, and that didn't help.

and i've rebooted multiple times along the way.

is there something I could try to fix this?

A:firefox shortcut icons on my desktop all went blank

Hello Drift, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Are these website shortcuts that are suppose to open with Firefox?

If so, check in Default Programs to make sure that Firefox is set as the default program with all of it's associations.


If these are shortcuts to open Firefox instead, then see if creating a new shortcut directly from the .exe file of Firefox may help.

32-bit Windows = "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

64-bit Windows = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

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Hello dear Forum!

I'd like to know how I could change the Firefox icon (of the exe, in the taskbar and at the window title)
I've tried many different how-tos, found via google, but none seemed to work...

many thanks in advance - Reimi

//Windows 7 64bit

A:change Firefox icon

Right click the icon and in Shortcut choose "Change Icon". There are 3 defaults or you can search for any icon you desire.

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