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Windows 7: Can I configure Windows Explorer to use a single program icon?

04 Oct 2013   #1

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Can I configure Windows Explorer to use a single program icon?

Windows explorer uses one program icon for Computer, a different icon for drive C:, another for folders and files, and yet others for libraries. (I am not talking about the icons inside Windows Explorer, I'm talking about the icon you see on the taskbar or Alt-Tab).

When I use Alt-Tab or glance at the taskbar, I would like to see a single, recognizable icon for Windows Explorer. Is it possible to configure Windows Explorer to use a single program icon no matter what you're looking at?


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04 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

If I'm understanding you correctly?

Do you have Quick Launch Bar enabled? This is the icons located at the left side of the taskbar. The Window Explorer icon appears as a yellow envelope.

Guided Help: Enable the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7
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04 Oct 2013   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnsmith45jock View Post
If I'm understanding you correctly?

Do you have Quick Launch Bar enabled? This is the icons located at the left side of the taskbar. The Window Explorer icon appears as a yellow envelope.

Guided Help: Enable the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7
Right. But when it's running, Windows Explorer's icon changes depending on what's being viewed at the time. Files and folders keep the folder. When you view "Computer", the icon changes to a computer, which is similar to the remote destop icon. When you view Drive C:, the Windows Explorer icon looks like a 300 baud modem, etc. I would like it to remain the same no matter what is being viewed. The icon in Alt-tab is actually more important to me than the task bar or quick launch bar, but it changes in the same manner.
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04 Oct 2013   #4

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I think what your describing is normal. Mine does this, as well. But, the icon change you see is not Windows Explorer icons changing, your seeing the icon for whatever folder or file your in.
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04 Oct 2013   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnsmith45jock View Post
I think what your describing is normal. Mine does this, as well. But, the icon change you see is not Windows Explorer icons changing, your seeing the icon for whatever folder or file your in.
I realize that's normal. But is it possible to configure Windows Explorer so the icon does not change?
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05 Oct 2013   #6

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It can be done but you would need to change the at least the icons I highlighted in red(kind of hard to see sorry) maybe some more with the 1 icon you want with a resource hacker.

These icons are in the imageres.dll in C:\Windows\System32 for 32 bit(x86) and both C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64 for 64 bit (x64)
Then:
To properly change a system file you need to take ownership give yourself permission and rename the old file and then copy in the new one look at Post #6 of this thread will tell you how to do it Basic Networking Information

Jerry
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05 Oct 2013   #7

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Thank you! I didn't think of that. I'll just change the ones that get on my nerves, like Computer and the drives.
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05 Oct 2013   #8

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You're Welcome
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