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Windows 7: Changing the icon for expand/collapse folder in windows explorer

10 Dec 2013   #1
mald

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Changing the icon for expand/collapse folder in windows explorer

Hi

Is it possible to change the expand/collapse image that is used in windows explorer and regedit?
At the moment mine are triangles that, when the folder is collapsed is only an outline and points to the folder name and when the folder is open the triangle is full color and point down and to the right.
What I want to do is try and give them different colors, but I have no idea where to start looking and I read the tutorials for changing the folders and thought it would be the perfect place to ask


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10 Dec 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Mald, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if changing the open folder icon in a folder tree may help for this.

Open Folder Icon - Change

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 Dec 2013   #3
mald

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

its kind of what I want, but from what I can read in that oterwise great tutorial it changes the yellow folder while what I want to change is the arrow next to it.

I know if I change my theme to 1 of the high contrast ones, the arrows are turned into + for closed folders and - for open folders.. it might be part of how the whole tree-view is rendered, but if they have the images somewhere it should be possible to manipulate them
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10 Dec 2013   #4
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

If you are using the default Aero theme those images are located in the aero.msstyles image #928, 929, 930 depending on your DPI setting.
Name:  Explorer__TreeView_Glyph_dpiMinimal DPI_ 144.png
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Size:  387 Bytes

You will need a resource hacker and a image editor to do it.

I would recommend that you create a new theme so you do not corrupt the original look at Post #38 Here it will show you how. This makes it a custom theme so you will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

If you have any trouble editing the .msstyles or if it is too difficult let me know and I can change it for you using Windows Style Builder and Photoshop and posted here in a zip folder.

Let me know how you are doing.
Jerry


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10 Dec 2013   #5
mald

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks, that was just the thing

Now I can actually see the arrows on my dark theme
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10 Dec 2013   #6
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You're Welcome
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