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Windows 7: How do i prevent Windows Explorer icon from changing by folder

18 Jul 2014   #1
chacham

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How do i prevent Windows Explorer icon from changing by folder

Windows Explorer's icon changes by the folder it is pointing to. That is, on a folder, it shows yellow folder, but on Desktop it shows a desktop, on computer it shows a computer, and so on. Further, even if explorer is already showing an icon, changes folders change the icon. How do i prevent Windows from changing the icon? Or, better yet, just show a simple folder icon no matter what is selected? -- Background: I use the keyboard, starting Explorer via winkey-E and switching to explorer via alt-tab. A yellow folder means explorer. Other icons just don't register (as quickly).


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20 Jul 2014   #2
A Guy

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Welcome to Seven Forums chacham. Do you have Explorer pinned to the taskbar? If so, unpin it to proceed, if not, you can unpin it after this process.

Navigate to C:\windows\explorer.exe> Right click explorer.exe> Create shotcut> Right click new shortcut> Properties> Change icon> Browse to the icon of your choice> OK> Apply> OK> Right click the new shortcut> Pin to taskbar

Your icon should now stay the icon you chose. You should be able to unpin the icon and it will stay what you set.

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20 Jul 2014   #3
chacham

Windows 7 Enterprise (32 bit)
 
 

No, i do not have it pinned. Regardless, i start explorer via winkey+e. Will this work on that too? (I am at home now; it's the computer at the office that uses Windows 7.)
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20 Jul 2014   #4
A Guy

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It should work no matter how you open any explorer window. A Guy
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21 Jul 2014   #5
chacham

Windows 7 Enterprise (32 bit)
 
 

No difference. Explorer's icon still changes based on the folder selected. On re-reading my post, i see i left out some important details. The icon referred to is the upper left corner of the window, which also shows up when using alt-tab and on the taskbar.
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21 Jul 2014   #6
A Guy

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Forgive me, but I am lost. Can you post some screenshots of what you are referring to? I thought you meant the taskbar icon. Pictures are worth...

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22 Jul 2014   #7
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chacham View Post
No difference. Explorer's icon still changes based on the folder selected. On re-reading my post, i see i left out some important details. The icon referred to is the upper left corner of the window, which also shows up when using alt-tab and on the taskbar.
Do you mean these icons?
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22 Jul 2014   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

If this is a work machine are you the admin? if not maybe you will not be able to change it - I cannot even change the speed of the mouse at where I work as I am not an admin.

I am just curious as to why you need to do this as you end up with Explore anyway or not??
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22 Jul 2014   #9
chacham

Windows 7 Enterprise (32 bit)
 
 

@SlartyBart, yes, i mean those, except i am using classic Menu and the XP theme. More importantly, those are *also* the same icons that show up when using alt-tab.

@ICit2lol Yes, it is a work machine, and as a developer, i have requested and received admin privileges. The official reason is that i need to install software, which is indeed true. It also allows me to customize my machine.

As a keyboarder, i may open up a few explorer windows to specific folders and alt-tab to them as required. The yellow folder tells me it is explorer, without really thinking. But on a number of occasions i had multiple windows to the desktop, simply because the icon didn't click. (Pun intended.)

I'd like either to stop it from changing, or just change the desktop to use the same icon as normal folders.
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22 Jul 2014   #10
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

No problems I didn't mean any offence and still don't but there is the odd thread which involves the Enterprise version and personally as I work in a gov dept and know how rigid the senior management can be about who does what in the system myself am cautious about how I answer the queries.
I cannot speak for the rest of the members though, I hope you do understand my reasoning.
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