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Windows 7: "Choose a file to show on this folder icon."

21 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
How to: "Choose a file to show on this folder icon."


"Customize" > "Folder pictures" > "Choose a file to show on this folder icon." no matter what picture I choose, nothing changes.

I am the sole user with full privileges/permissions. There are no thumbs.db, desktop.ini or folder.jpg files inside. I didn't disable showing icons/pictures in the explorer options.

Is there a specific image resolution I need to choose, or is something else?

"Folder.jpg" seems to work okay, but I really want to know why the normal route doesn't.

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21 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional X64

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21 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
- And directly under it says:

"When you view the folder in Thumbnails view in Windows Explorer, the folder now has the custom image that you created, unless you use the Customize tab of the folder's Properties dialog box to select a folder picture. The folder picture that is specified on the Customize tab overrides the manual Folder.gif customization."

- To continue:

"Note The Customize tab is not available for special folders where Windows has already set their default appearances. But, you may be able to customize the folder picture for the Thumbnails view of some special folders by using the steps in the Manually create a folder picture section of this article."

- These are NOT special folders I am working with, they are generic folders that contain games or other stuff. I want to know why their very own default instructions won't work - this I want:

"Folder Pictures

You can select the picture file (that has an image file with a .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .tiff, .png, or .ico file name extension) that identifies a folder in Thumbnails view. If you do not select a picture, Windows Explorer uses the folder icon. If you do not select a folder icon, Windows Explorer automatically creates a folder picture for Thumbnails view by using a Folder.gif file in the folder or by using up to the first four image files in the folder. If the folder does not contain any images, Windows Explorer uses the default folder picture.

To find the picture that you want to use to identify the folder, click Choose Picture."

*It's not the question of how, but why?*

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22 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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28 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

There should be a desktop.ini there. Can you see it if you disable tools > folder options > view > hide protected operating system files?
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28 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yeah it's not, I manually deleted it to see if it was causing problems, and a new one isn't being generated.
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