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Windows 7: How do I create a folder toolbar with an icon instead of text?

27 Aug 2013   #11
mitchell65

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Well it doesn't look as if the OP is coming back so i will finish my solution. There are probably other ways to do this but this is the way I do it.
Lets repeat the first part just to put it all together:

First off you need to create an icon. Select an image that you want as an icon for your new toolbar. Then go to:
Free Online Favicon.ico Icon Generator | Convert Image to ICO File
Upload your image then choose size 128 x128
Click create. Choose one the samples and download and save to the same folder that you are creating the toolbar for.
Open that folder just to check you have the ico file in there somewhere.
Now right click in the taskbar and mouse hover on "Toolbars". Then click "New Toolbar"
In the Windows that opens navigate to the folder you want to make the Toolbar for. Select and click "Open"
This should create the toolbar and you should see something like this:
How do I create a folder toolbar with an icon instead of text?-toolbar1.png
There should be a small column of dots to the left of the Toolbar name. If like in the screenshot above this is not visible, right click on a clear part of the taskbar and uncheck "Lock the Taskbar". You should then see the dots like this:
How do I create a folder toolbar with an icon instead of text?-toolbar2.png
Now right click on the dotted column and uncheck "Show Text". OK nothing seems to be different. Don't worry just right click the Column again and now uncheck "Show Title". You should now see just the icon. If it looks a bit small like this:
How do I create a folder toolbar with an icon instead of text?-toolbar3.png
Then right click th dotted column again and this time click "View" and then check "Large Icons".
You should now see something like this:
How do I create a folder toolbar with an icon instead of text?-toolbar4.png

Now if you wish right click a clear part of the task bar and click "lock the taskbar"




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27 Aug 2013   #12
derekimo

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Nice walkthrough John, you can also use 256 x 256 icons as well.
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27 Aug 2013   #13
mitchell65

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Nice walkthrough John, you can also use 256 x 256 icons as well.
Thank you Derek. I never know which size to choose when making the icon as the finished item can't be more that about 35px square!
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27 Aug 2013   #14
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Nice walkthrough John, you can also use 256 x 256 icons as well.
Thank you Derek. I never know which size to choose when making the icon as the finished item can't be more that about 35px square!

You're welcome John, I only know that because that's what Brink supplied in the tutorials.
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27 Aug 2013   #15
mitchell65

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That's good enough reason for me
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