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Desktop Icons Show at wrong size

Q: Desktop Icons Show at wrong size

I have this problem that's more an an aesthetic issue than anything, but it's rather annoying. I have my icons set to be rather large on my desktop, and I download custom icons for everything to match. About halfway through the day, about half of my icons were small, for no reason. I've tried refreshing my desktop, restarting, deleting the icons and remaking them, and changing the icon, then changing it back and none of that has worked. There has to be a solution I"m not aware of, and an internet search hasn't helped. Any suggestions?

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A: Desktop Icons Show at wrong size

Hello Eccid

Just right click on your desktop then click on "view" and choose medium or small icons !!

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hi guys..
is there a program or a way to change the size of a file?i mean for example i have a music with 4mb and i want to when anyone watch the propertise of this song , it shows 10mb to him???

A:show wrong size of a file in properties

no one has my answer???

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Whenever I reboot this laptop the Desktop Icons are not visible.
If I right mousebutton click then View -> Show Desktop Icons, then the tick box is already checked.
If I unckeck it and then recheck it, then all the icons reappear; tedious!
Please can you help.

Thank you - Mike

A:Desktop Icons Missing on restart but "show desktop icons" is checked

Try the following:

Go to the Control Panel.

Click System and Security > Find and Fix Problems.

On the left, click "Change setting"s and turn "Computer Maintenance" to "OFF".

Hope it help.

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After running Ad-aware, a trojan file was detected that couldn't be quarantined, cleaned or deleted. Husband found a way to get it deleted, but there was a warning saying that it was associated with another file. Deleted anyway.

Ran McAfee VirusScan and deleted unwanted programs it detected. After that, the mouse wouldn't work, so shut computer down by holding button in until shutdown (only way it could be shut down).

Start up went normal until the desktop background came up. Message stating "C: couldn't be found, check address again(???)" popped up. I clicked OK then it just sat there. I shut it off again.

Start up went normal again up through desktop background. No message this time. Mouse seems to work, but no icons or start up blue bar.

The only thing we can think of is the deleted file was associated with our desktop icons.

Thank you for your help.


A:Desktop icons don't show up on startup, desktop background only...

Hi deeanne, I seem to be having the same problem as you...will keep you posted if anything works...


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i have a problem with my "aero peek show desktop" at the right side of the task bar. it is double size, i read in a few forums about this case with installing tablets. i installed my wacom tablet a few days ago,
so i suppose its because of this.

i really want to solve this so anybody who knows how to, please help


A:How to change show desktop aero peek size?

It is extra large on tablets to make it possible to use it with touch screens. Too small otherwise.

What is your goal?

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What makes dim desktop.ini icons show up on the Windows 7 pro desktop of my Dell laptop?

Is there a use for them?

A:What makes dim desktop.ini icons show up on my desktop?

It's caused by showing hidden files. Those two files are there because the underlying folders that make up the desktop hold those pesky hidden files.
What they do is to control a few display options for Windows Explorer (all per-folder customization is stored in them). If memory serves, for the particular case of the desktop folders they only control the display folder name (so that they localize the real name "desktop") and maybe show a different icon.
Generally, all desktop.ini files can be safely considered useless and deleted without any consequenses.

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Recently, I installed a new monitor to my laptop and was fiddling around with the new monitor's icon sizes. It seemed fine initially, but once I decided to disconnect and revert back to my laptop's monitor, the icon's sizes were off. Some were small, whilst others were large. The smaller ones did not change with re-sizing (manual nor using CTRL + scroll).

Furthermore, restarting the computer made further changes. A couple of the icons that were originally large became small, but none grew.

Is there anything I can do? There must be a way to reset, or something similar.

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Hi all,
I need your help pls

Windows 7 Home premium 32bit
Icons are Large at the desktop, when i resized them into medium or small and restart they are back to Large size once again!

I tried doing this several times but again and again into the Large size

Someone help pls and advice me how to get the desktop icons medium or small forever!

Am sure that should be an easy way but in fact i have no idea

Thanks in advance,

A:desktop icons size

Please review this nice tutorial by Brink and see if it helps:

Icon Size - Change in Windows Explorer Window

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How can I reduce or increase size of icons on desktop.

A:Size desktop Icons

Hello Willden,

You could use OPTION FOUR or OPTION FIVE in the tutorial below to change the size of your desktop icons.

Folder View Layout - Change in Windows 10

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How can I reduce or increase size of icons on desktop.

A:Size desktop Icons

Hello Willden,

You could use OPTION FOUR or OPTION FIVE in the tutorial below to change the size of your desktop icons.

Folder View Layout - Change in Windows 10

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Help me! when I start my computer OS Windows XP Home the desktop don't show any icons neither task bar, I only can see the wallpaper.

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Hi guys, I have problem with my laptop which is:
there is nothing appear on the desktop even the task taskbar. nothing. I thought I might need to use the safe mode, but I DON'T know.
I hope some of you guys help me with it...

using windows XP

thank you

A:the desktop icons don't show

Can you guys help me with this problem.

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please help me today i am having problems with my desk top icons they want show up. i am using the internet explorer

A:desktop icons want show up

try booting to safemode, and if u can, do a system restore..

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I started having problems after a reboot..my desktop icons fail to show up and I have to reboot again and again..I looked into task manager and it does show explorer.exe running...a few times I noticed in the task manager that only 15 processes were running..mainly 8 svchost.exe files

Any ideas as to why this is happening?

A:Desktop Icons...No show

I am confused, what do you mean you have to reboot again and again? Do you mean that only sometimes your desktop icons show up?If you access your Desktop through Windows Explorer, are the items still there?A possibility is that Show Desktop Icons feature is turned off. To fix this,Right-click your desktopGo to Arrange Items ByClick Show Desktop Items

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All icons on desktop are very large now and run parallel to bottom toolbar instead of perpendicular. I am unable to look at any other files that might help in reducing the size or the resolutin of the screen due to the size of the font also. The geek squad was unable to help figure out what I could have done. So if anyone can help me I'll be eternally grateful.  Thanks

A:Help reducing size of icons on desktop

Hello Mike, what operating system are you using? Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7?

___I am an HP employee.? Say thanks by clicking the 'Thumbs Up' button on the left? Make it easier for other people to find solutions, by marking my answer with 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your issue

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How do you change the size of icons on your desktop???

A:How do you change the size of icons on your desktop???

On the desktop, right click on an empty space,
select Properties
click the Appearance tab
click on Advanced
from the Item pull down menu select Icon
then adjust the size using the up and down arrows.
Just for information mine are set to size 32


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How do I change the size of my icons on my desktop?

Please help me

A:How do I change the size of my icons on my desktop?

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How do I change the size of icons on my desktop? I have Windows XP.

Please help me

A:How do I change the size of icons on my desktop?

You are being helped here: http://forums.techguy.org/t282204.html

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Yesterday, I upgraded my Vostro 1500 laptp from WinXP to Win7 without any problem except for icon size. Correct grahpic driver (GEForce 8400M GS) for Win7 was also updated. I like the smaller icons size on desktop and taskbar in WinXP with native screen resolution of 1280 x 800. After converting to win7, the screen size was also restored to 1280 x 800 too. But the icons size on both desktop and taskbar is rather bigger in Win7. (Text size is just fine). I could not resize the same icon size as in Win XP. I tried to change but 9 point Segoe UI at 96pixels per inch is default in Win7. The scale to the percentage of normal size is 100% or above, not less than 100%. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

A:How to re-size icons on desktop and taskbar?

Just right click the open space on the desktop and choose view - small icons.

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I have resized my icons and arranged my vista 64b desktop, but when I boot or when I come out of standby, all my settings are lost. How can I make this permanent ?

A:how do I keep my desktop icons size permanent ?

Hi elito,

Have you check out your settings on the desktop context menu under View?
You might want to look at this tutorial as well.
Icon Cache - Rebuild

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My HP 15-AB271S-A Windows 10 laptop has larger desktop shortcut icons than my older E Machines E 732 laptop (which was recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Both have virtually the same screen dimensions and on checking the display settings in the control panels both are set to max screen resolution of 1366x768 and item size of 100% (min). While this situation is not a serious problem I would like to know if there is any way of making the icons on the HP smaller to match those on the E Machines. Incidentally I use the desktop (as opposed to the "Tile Screen" all the time.

A:Size of Desktop Shortcut Icons


R/Click Desktop>View>Select Icon Size.


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So, I decided to just do a reinstall of Windows 10 after having a couple of issues and downloading software such as iObit that is questionable at best (just found that out, glad I did some research online) and everything has been going really smoothly in terms of updating programs, apps, etc., but I just found this weird glitch or bug if you will. Take a look at the screenshot attached. Doing the simple ctrl+mouse wheel will make the desktop icons larger or smaller, but for some reason the text size is still SUPER small. My resolution settings are normal for Windows 10 (250% recommended) and I've never encountered this issue before.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

A:Desktop Icons Weird Size

Right click on the desktop and click on Display Settings. Click Advanced Display Settings and then Advanced Sizing of Text and Other Items. One of the Items you can set size and boldness for is Icons.

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Hello again,

Recently, I wanted to know how to transfer an old favorite icon to a new link website and put it on the desktop. Thanks to everyones help, I was able to do this.

Now I have another related problem.

I am trying to increase the size of the desktop icons. I am not talking about the traditional method of holding the Crtl key and moving the mouse wheel or going to a certain place and selecting small, medium, or large icons. These methods increase the size of all of your icons.

Rather, I have found a way to increase the size of icons individually using a program I bought (Image Icon Converter) which allows you to select different sizes and then using Windows Photo Gallery to paste the new icon to the desktop.

Having done this, I wish to create desktop links to websites for these larger icons. Unfortunately, I cannot get the old link to transfer to the new, larger icon. Everytime I try, it will not show me anything in the Properties box of the larger icon for changing icons. This does not surprise me because the new, larger icon is simply a larger image of an icon created from Windows Photo Gallery. My problem here would be to find a way to manipulate this icon.

And when I try to create a new desktop website link and switch icons to what I prefer, it keeps reverting back to the same old, small icon.

So I have these two avenues to try and change icons and neither one of them is working. Can someone help me solve these problems or find a new way to ... Read more

A:Desktop icons still won't increase in size

What is the filetype of the new larger icons? If it isn't .ico, try saving it as an .ico file and then attempt the second method of selecting it as the icon for the created shortcut and see if that works. If it does, then you would want to find a special place to save these icons (not the desktop) and reference that location and choose the appropriate icon when you create desktop shortcuts to internet sites (or any other type of shortcut for that matter).

From the following Shortcut Folder or File Icon Change it seems that created icons only work right in Medium View (though that is admittedly a different way of creating the icons and not a special program designed for that purpose or even close to the method you are using). This article talks about converting to .ico files using the simple Paint program (but I see from the web site that your program supports .ico).

Another thing to consider is I just visited convert Image to Icon, bmp to ico, gif to ico, jpg to ico which is what I think you got and I note that Vista is NOT included in the list of supported operating systems - and that may have something to do with why you're having problems. The process seems simple enough convert gif to Icon, picture to icon, gif to icon, jpg to icon but again on that page as well, it does NOT include Vista as being suported. I checked the Vista Compatibility Center and the program isn't listed (which just means it wasn't tested but that often also means it isn't compatible). I do ... Read more

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Accidentally increased the size of desktop icons, and have been unable to reverse the change. Any suggestions??

View Solution.

A:how do i reduce the size of the desktop icons?

Hi: You should be able to right click on your desktop.  Select View and you will have a choice to select large, medium or small icons. Paul

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Hi All,

My machine has just been formatted and is running on Windows 2000 Pro.
The last thing that I did was install CDRWIN and rebooted gracefully.
When the OS restarted, all I see is my wallpaper and no icons. What can I do to troubleshoot this issue? Any ideas are much appreciated.
Also, how can I launch Add/Remove Programs from the Task Manager|New Task, what's the exe? I'd like to try and remove CDRWIN to see if that helps.


A:Desktop icons no longer show

do a ctrl+alt+del and go to the processes tab. click on the bar that says IMAGE NAME. this will put them in reverse alphabetical order. see if there is EXPLORER.EXE. if there isn't this is the reason you don't have any icons. then do a search for that and start it

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What kind of software do we use?

A:How to hide or show icons at desktop?

Hello Zaty Pak,

You could right click on the desktop, click on View, and uncheck Show desktop icons to hide them.

Hope this helps,

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I have arranged my desktop with an icon "dock" at the bottom of the screen, showing large icons with the text removed. However, 2out of 10 icons are showing a border. This only shows when the icons are displayed as large or custom size. Is there any way to get rid of this annoying border? I'm almost certain it's not a registry or icon property as it only affects 2 icons. Possibly could it be something to do with the particular .ico files?

Anyways, due to the way I like my desktop to look I need at least custom sized icons, and this border is really irritating...I need rid of it.

Please any help appreciated.


PS. Running Vista HP SP2

A:Some desktop icons show a border...how do I get rid of it?

I am having the same problem. In fact icons that once displed fine (like my wow icon) now are smaller and have a border around it now. I think there is a way to rebuild the icon cache or something like that but not sure how right off hand and not even sure if it would solve the problem.

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How to show the desktop icons as icon (no thumbnails) ant the windows explorer as thumbnails? Thanks!

A:How to show only desktop icons as icon

Hello Suriname,

The desktop and Windows Explorer share the same thumbnail preview settings. If you turn it off, it affects both locations.

A workaround would be to have image files or folders as shortcuts on the desktop instead, and change their icon to one you want.

Shortcut Folder or File Icon Change - Vista Forums

Hope this helps some,

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This little script will let you add a short cut to the quick launch to show or hide your desktop icons.
Put it in a tools folder and leave it there,right click on the exe and pin it to quick launch.Once there you can right click and go to properties and change the icon from the standard to any you have.

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After i find a picture i liked changed desktop to not show any shortcut. I like it but after using desktop all years full of icons and downloaded files (lazy) i feel odd.

So is there a shortcut to close or open this process with keybord using windows key (very lazy) or can i make a one.


A:show desktop icons shortcut ?

Hi obi_hal,

Right click on the desktop and highlight 'View' from the menu that appears. In the sub-menu that appears, click to place a tick next to 'Show Desktop Icons'. The icons should reappear.

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the icons in desktop icons settings have all disapeared. there are still icons on my desktop. i enabled them last night. and when i booted this morning they had disapeared. can anyone help me.

here is what the registry looks like

i am running win7 beta build 7000

A:Show Desktop icons disapeared

So you can re enable them but they are gone every time you restart, is that what you are saying or has this only happened once, has it ever remembered the desktop or has it just started to happen?

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I did something wrong and now my computer shows an icon for a photo program and will not open the wanted program.

A:Wrong Desktop Icons

Care to elaborate further on the problem? We can't help you if you give us a vague description of your problem.

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My Desktop ICONs have almost entirely changed to I-Tunes logo (CD with music note) and will not link to short cuts. If you launch start, most icons in there also changed! I believe they can be restored?

A:Desktop ICONs wrong

Try pushing the f5 key after you click on your desktop.

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When I turn on the computer, I want a few shortcut icons to be very prominent with color and size so I can find them easily and poke them with my finger on the touchscreen.

Question 1 (the title^)

Question 2: In general, if you want to save all the windows you are currently using and be able to open them all up within a few clicks later, what are the best options to do this? So say you have an excel file, a word doc, and some internet browser windows all related to one of your projects and you want to access all of those later without having to find them. What are your options to do this?

A:How do I change size/color of one or two desktop icons?

You can fastly adjust the size of all icons by pressing right click on desktop and pressing and holding the CTRL key and using the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Desktop Icons - Custom Size - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I had a problem with my desktop icons changing where they were and their size
If anyone else has this problem I would try this
Show hidden files
Go to your user/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows
Delete or rename the file UsrClass.dat
It will say it cannot delete the file as it is in use but tell it to anyway
Windows will make a fresh file and your icons will stay where you have put them

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Hello. I have changed desktop icons size by pressing "Ctrl" and moving mouse wheel. How can I change to default this size? (I want to make that size of icons EXACTLY the same as they were before changing...). Thank you.

A:Vista DEFAULT desktop icons size

Hello Subiniukas, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You can right click on the desktop and click on View and Medium icons, or the size you want instead.

Desktop Icon size

Hope this helps,

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Hi all

Followed a thread for this problem which said to start up Windows XP Task Manager and select Applications Tab. New Task and type explorer.exe but this does not work for me and says it cannot find explorer.exe! So I copied another explorer.exe on a flashdrive and tried to run that. Same problem. Will run other programs such as Notepad. Anyone know what's up? Thanks. Bryan

A:Windows will not show desktop or icons on bootup

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it's so frustrating. I spent the last four days trying to fix this problem. I also tried the SAFE MODE option at restart. Unfortunately it still didn't work at all. Please help me. I have this from doing Hijackthis. Thank you guys and girls!
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:09:17 PM, on 11/20/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Unable to get Internet Explorer version!

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\F-Secure\Anti-Virus\fsgk32st.exe
C:\Program Files\F-Secure\BackWeb\7681197\program\fsbwsys.exe
C:\Program Files\F-Secure\Anti-Virus\FSGK32.EXE
C:\Program Files\F-Secure\Anti-Virus\fssm32.exe
C:\Program Files\iolo\System Mechanic Professional 6\IoloSGCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\Omniserv.ex... Read more

A:Desktop Icons and Taskbar won't show on XP at start up! Help!

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An error has occurred with installed software icons on desktop. A white patch with three symbols cover each icon still displaying a fraction of original sign. I tried the Vista Shortcut Manager, but tis fails to correct error. Can the original icons be restored to show icons prior to error?

A:Desktop icons not show original downloads.

If you have a Restore Point from just before the onset of the problem that is likely your best bet.

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After I returned from holidays I turned on my PC just to find out I couldn't see any icons and the task bar didn't show up either. Every time I ctrl + alt + del a black screen shows up (when I click ESC it goes back to the desktop).
I already tried to format the computer, only to have the same problem happen over and over again. I don't know what to do anymore :/ help!

A:Desktop without icons, task bar doesn't show up

Hello, and Welcome
You have formatted the computer, installed Windows 7, and you still get the blank screen with no icons, correct?
I would first download Seatools for DOS and do a disk diagnostic. You will need to burn the iso file by Right clicking the file in Windows 7 and select Burn Image. You may have to change AHCI mode to IDE in BIOS if Seatools does not detect your drive. After the test, set the mode back to AHCI.
If the drive passes I would then do a Memory test using memtest86+. You will need to burn the iso also. Let it run for at least 6 passes and preferably overnight.

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I was infected with a scare-ware..I dont remember what it was called. I managed to get rid of that with spybot, but I am still experiencing some problems. For instance, when i boot up windows I dont have any desktop icons or the bar on the bottom with the start button.
Sometimes task manager doesn't work making it difficult to do anything at all. My internet cuts out entirely at times and I cant open any new connections but previously established connections remain open like ventrillo. I've used malwarebytes anti-malware, spybot search an destroy, and I also have avg installed.

A:Desktop icons and taskbar dont show up

Before much can be done about the malware removal, we need to establish how best you are able to use your computer at this stage.Windows Advanced Options MenuGetting into Windows Safe Modehttp://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htmFrom the Windows Advanced Options Menu, please try the following ...Choose "Last known good configuration that worked", and press <ENTER>. The computer will attempt to load Windows.If Windows does not start normally, try the same thing again .... and continue trying for 10 times, before you rule that option out as a means of getting your OS running normally.Why 10 times? Based on past experience, a successful result is sometimes achieved after several consecutive failed attempts.You can log in to Windows normally, but you end up looking at your desktop wallpaper/background image (not a plain blue or black screen?), but without icons/taskbar/start button. Is this correct?You implied that task manager works only sometimes (and I am guessing that you have been using Ctrl+Alt+Del): Does Ctrl+Shift+Esc bring up the Task Manger window reliably?Please try the following ...On the Applications tab of the Task Manager window, click on "New Task", and in the "Run" dialog box that opens type "explorer.exe" and press <ENTER>.Does a Windows Explorer window open, and can you use it to browse all the files on your computer?OR ... do you see a message?What happens when you attempt to start the system in Safe Mode... Read more

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Thanks in advance to anyone who can help. This problem affects only one user account on my PC, the other accounts are unaffected. If you look at the attached jpeg, I've circled the IE, Show Desktop, Textpad and other icons which have not been found. The programs all work OK, it's just a minor annoyance that the icons are not displayed. These icons work OK for the other user accounts. Any ideas on how to get the icons working for this user? I'm running Windows XP SP2.

Thanks again,


A:Solved: Missing IE, Show Desktop and other Icons

You can try using TweakUI, there is an option that will rebuild/repair icons

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I recently moved my sidebar from the right to the left side because I was tired of the same old look. But now whenever an icon shows up on my desktop for any reason it appears still on the left, right underneath the sidebar and I have to close it just to move the icon. Can I change the default location for them to appear?


A:How do you change the location of where your icons show up on desktop?

I have Vista HP and can drag the desktop icons anyplace I want them.
Have you tried to do that?

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Hi yall,

Everytime I uncheck Show Desktop Icons, it will stay unchecked up until I restart my PC or install new software, then they will reappear. I don't like seeing them and I want to be able to store things on the desktop but just not see them. I am running Windows 7 Home Premium X64. Its an OEM Asus version that came on my new laptop. If anyone knows how to make them stay permanently hidden, I would greatly appreciate it.

A:Show Desktop Icons won't stay unchecked

Hello Corey,

You might see if doing either method in OPTION ONE in the tutorial below may help with saving your theme after making the settings.


Hope this helps,

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I would like for my desktop icons to show all lines of text the same as when I click on the icon. I have tried under personalize>window color> advanced appearance settings... changing the vertical and horizontal spacing and font size but the icons are still only showing 2 lines of text.

Would anyone have any ideas as to how this can be accomplished?


A:how to show more lines of text on desktop icons?

Hi yeto and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can make the Icon's a slight bit bigger by holding the "Ctrl" key and scroll with you mouse when on the desktop and just bring it a small bit bigger and it will work for you.

Hope this helps

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Not sure whats happening..I have a home network set up When I boot up I get a longish black screen then it boots First I get all the icons quickly and then it refreshes seemingly and I get white folders that then get filled in with icons of programs loaded on computer..takes a little while to show second screen..its seems to have become progressively worse over the months..I have many programs. Does the start loaded program make any difference to these screens. Is there more than one start up screen and I am missing how to control this issue...I am only admin no other profiles I think..smile anyone help please

A:On Start up windows 7 show desktop icons twice

Hi Art. Speculating, but the first thing that comes to mind is icon corruption? This may help:

Icon Cache - Rebuild

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