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Windows 7: modify folder view "kacheln" ...

20 Jul 2010   #11
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

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24 Nov 2010   #12



I was able to get some help from someone in relation to topic discussed here. Unfortunately he doesnt have more opportunity to test this on his machine, so I hope the the information I will give here can help someone till we find somethink positive.

So I will discribe shortly what I did till now.

After I asked it in the forum here (german) Forum von Windowspage - Thumbnail-View in Windows7 ähnlich wie in WinXP möglich? I was told that to modify the Thumbnail-View it is nessesery to replace the default folder symbol of Windows7 with this from Windows XP. For this purpose we should create a new StringValue in the registry unter "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Shell Icons". If unter "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ there is no "shell icons" we cabn create new kay with that name and inside of it we create the new String Value. We gave this string value name "3" (just like the number 3), as value data we write the path to the file containing such symbols. They can be downloaded from - XP and NonXP Icon Themes for example. I find this icon set very nice - Theme Preview and choosed it. It downloads a EXE file which is archive file and after executing it, it contains 2 or 3 files, the important there is the file with extension "icl". We safe this files somewhere on the machine and note the path. This path to the ICL file should be used as value data of the new created String value with name "3". I was told that it is important to add the Index of this file to the path. This index should be "3" (no idea why, the guy said it is to comlpicated to explain it). So the example of out new string value should be:
xyz.icl is our file which we download earlier, and after the comma there is NO space.

Well, I did all this but unfortunately there is something what is wrong bacause I dont get the Thumbnail-View. There are some changes in some folder icons but not what it should be.
My helper is not able any more to test it on hs machine.
I hope that the information I provided will help someone to go ahead and to get a positive result. I will cooperate of couse :-)

I any quistions or somethink is not clear, dont hastitate to ask me. Sorry for my poor English.

I hope to read you soon.

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24 Nov 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Hallo cska133
Du kannst noch eine Sache versuchen: wenn Dir die Icon-Darstellung im Explorer zu groß ist, scrolle mit dem Mausrad bei gedrückter STRG-Taste. (Das verändert die Größe der Icons, Ich weiß aber nicht, ob das permanent ist, oder immer wieder neu gemacht werden muß.

There is one more thing you could try: If in explorer the icons are too big, press CTRL key and adjust the size with the mouse wheel. (Only thing I'm not sure if that change will be permanent or if it has to be applied every time again.)


Lol @mickey....good one....but you can get what you need

Edit: For your Folder icon problem look here if that is what you want
Viewing folder thumbnails like in XP?
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24 Nov 2010   #14


no, as I awready wrote above this is not the result I d like
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26 Dec 2012   #15

Windows® 7 (64-bit)

Very old post but info will be useful to those who come across this thread in their search results.

I too was surprised that changing vertical icon spacing inside personalization/change color and appearance/ . . . etc only affected the spacing on the desktop; or at least, did NOT affect spacing inside personal folders.

What works has been mentioned twice in this thread. The first time it went ignored by everyone, apparently. The second time was just above my post here, and the OP replied he tried it and it isn't what he wants.

While I understand the procedure doesn't replicate exactly the same thing as in Vista, it is as close as you can get. In Vista, you could move the icons further apart, which increased the number of characters that fit on each line of the icon labels, *without* increasing the size of the icons themselves. This is what the OP was looking for. In this thread, the Ctrl procedure mentioned doesn't do exactly this but something close: it not only increases the available space per line for the icon labels, it increases the size of the icons themselves along with their labels.

Still, I have always found that it very much improves the appearance and *does* seem to increase the space between the icons themselves somewhat – either that or it's an illusion – but either way, if I was satisfied with it chances are others will be too (albeit not everyone, apparently ).

So for those that want to try it, here's a more detailed rundown:

- Have the folder in question open in front of you
- Press *and hold* the [ Ctrl ] key
- Float the mouse pointer over any icon in the folder ( don't click anything )

Now simply ROLL THE MOUSE WHEEL, up and down, and observe the results. When you get close to the spacing you want, start rolling it only one click at a time, pausing between each click, again observing the effect, both on the icons and their *labels*.

Stop when you're happy ... or happy enough
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