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Windows 7: Multiple icons showing in smallest size when using Extra Large Icons

13 Aug 2014   #21
RoadkillSD

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DayGlow View Post
Any luck in finding a solution? I have the exact same issue. Games folder on the desktop with shortcuts to my games, all with custom icons I know have 256x256 size and half of them display as small icons.
Nope. I have a post up on Microsoft Answers too and have yet to get a response in five months. Some BS.


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21 Jul 2015   #22
Tenkai

Windows 7
 
 
Solution

I think I may have found a solution to everyone's problem..

Right Click any Icon file. (The *.ico)
Select "Properties"
Under the General Tab
Where it says "Opens with"
Select "Change"
Select the Paint application under recommended programs.

For some reason mine was trying to open with Windows Photo Viewer and it was being weird.. I stumbled across this on accident. After I changed it to Paint, all the pictures went normal on Large and Extra Large state. I really hope this works for you.
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21 Jul 2015   #23
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for posting your solution. As this is not a very uncommon issue this time, it will help a lot of other members in future.
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23 Jul 2015   #24
RoadkillSD

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tenkai View Post
I think I may have found a solution to everyone's problem..

Right Click any Icon file. (The *.ico)
Select "Properties"
Under the General Tab
Where it says "Opens with"
Select "Change"
Select the Paint application under recommended programs.

For some reason mine was trying to open with Windows Photo Viewer and it was being weird.. I stumbled across this on accident. After I changed it to Paint, all the pictures went normal on Large and Extra Large state. I really hope this works for you.
I got to going in and renaming the icon file to Name 1.ico or Name 2.ico and relinking the newly renamed icon file and it would fix the size issue until it failed again then renaming it back to the original Name.ico and after that it stopped. It hasn't happened in over 2 months since I did that twice to each one that was messing up so if it starts up again, I'll try this. Thanks for letting us know!
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03 Sep 2015   #25
therusseller

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Solution

Changing the default program to Open with Paint didn't work. Although I found a solution for those of you that still have this problem. The problem is Steam creates "Internet Shortcuts". If it created a regular .exe shortcut your icons would stay the same size. There are two solutions to this problem:


1) Create a Shortcut to the desired games .exe file in the games directory (Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Call of Duty Advanced Warfare\s1_mp64_ship.exe). Note: The problem with this solution is that some Steam Games will not run directly from the .exe shortcut. So I have another solution for those video games that will not load from an exe shortcut. Here you guys go:



1. Search and Run Task Scheduler

2. Create Task
a)Enter the target name(Video Game) in the General tab (Example: CallofDutyAW

3.Select New in the Actions tab
a)Program/Script: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe"
b)Add Arguments: Steam Internet Shortcut Target (EXAMPLE: steam://rungameid/209660)
Note: To find this create a shortcut for the desired video game from the Steam Library then Right Click the shortcut you just created and copy the URL. You will then Past it into the Add Arguments field in Task Manager



4. Right click>Creat New>Shortcut
a)Location of the Item: schtasks /run /tn TARGET (You assigned this in the General Tab in Task Scheduler)
b)Name for This Shortcut: Enter the name you would like the Shortcut to be named.

5. Change the Icon
a) Right click Shortcut>Properties>Change Icon
b) Click Browse and search for the icon you'd like to use for the shortcut in the game directory (Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Call of Duty Advanced Warfare\s1_mp64_ship.exe

6. Run to make sure it is working correctly!
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12 Aug 2016   #26
RoadkillSD

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Finally fixed!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by therusseller View Post
Changing the default program to Open with Paint didn't work. Although I found a solution for those of you that still have this problem. The problem is Steam creates "Internet Shortcuts". If it created a regular .exe shortcut your icons would stay the same size. There are two solutions to this problem:


1) Create a Shortcut to the desired games .exe file in the games directory (Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Call of Duty Advanced Warfare\s1_mp64_ship.exe). Note: The problem with this solution is that some Steam Games will not run directly from the .exe shortcut. So I have another solution for those video games that will not load from an exe shortcut. Here you guys go:



1. Search and Run Task Scheduler

2. Create Task
a)Enter the target name(Video Game) in the General tab (Example: CallofDutyAW

3.Select New in the Actions tab
a)Program/Script: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe"
b)Add Arguments: Steam Internet Shortcut Target (EXAMPLE: steam://rungameid/209660)
Note: To find this create a shortcut for the desired video game from the Steam Library then Right Click the shortcut you just created and copy the URL. You will then Past it into the Add Arguments field in Task Manager



4. Right click>Creat New>Shortcut
a)Location of the Item: schtasks /run /tn TARGET (You assigned this in the General Tab in Task Scheduler)
b)Name for This Shortcut: Enter the name you would like the Shortcut to be named.

5. Change the Icon
a) Right click Shortcut>Properties>Change Icon
b) Click Browse and search for the icon you'd like to use for the shortcut in the game directory (Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Call of Duty Advanced Warfare\s1_mp64_ship.exe

6. Run to make sure it is working correctly!

This didn't actually work for me because you are still linking to the web url script. I know it's been almost a year since this was last updated but I felt I had to provide my fix for all you poor bastards still having this issue like me (as it carried over into Win10 as well). I finally fixed this for both my Win7 and Win10 setups doing the following:

Create a scheduled task just as therusseller stated but instead of an argument of "steam://rungameid/[gameID], use the old WinXP days argument Steam used to use to launch apps with "-applaunch [gameID]".

So for example, for Afterfall InSanity, which has ID of 224420, the task action will be to run "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe" with an argument of "-applaunch 224420".

Create your shortcut as normal to C:\Windows\System32\schtasks.exe /run /tn "Name of Task" and select your icon.

Note: I created a sub folder in the task scheduler called 'Game Shortcuts' so they weren't all mixed up with my other Windows tasks so I had to include "\Game Shortcuts\" in front of all my task names to make it work. So for the above example, I had created the task as "AfterfallInsanity" so my shortcut is C:\Windows\System32\schtasks.exe /run /tn "\Game Shortcuts\AfterfallInsanity".





Hope this helps everyone. I know it is a PitA for those of us with 100s of games installed and have to do this for them all. Good luck!
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