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Windows 7: Generic Taskbar Icon!

15 May 2014   #1
technomann

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Generic Taskbar Icon!

I have several dozen programs installed on my Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit PC. One program in particular does not display it's icon on the task bar when opened, but rather displays a generic "blank page" icon. It's icon will be displayed if I create a shortcut for the program on the desktop, just not the task bar. I have tried re-building the icon cache, to no avail. Does anyone know how to fix this? It's driving me nuts.

Thanks for any and all replies!


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15 May 2014   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I have run into that issue frequently using 7Stacks Taskbar launcher utility. The only "solution" I've found is to use a custom icon. It happens frequently enough that I have a folder for these icons under Documents. I just search for a free icon suitable for the program. If you want the exact icon from the program itself you can use an icon extraction tool to extract the icon from the exe file. Save it as .ico. Then use it as "custom icon."

Inside the shortcut there should be an Advanced Button and inside that a button for Custom Icon or Change Icon.

This "blank paper icon" bug has plagued Windows as far back as 3.x(maybe longer. But I started using Windows with version 3.0.)
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16 May 2014   #3
technomann

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post

Inside the shortcut there should be an Advanced Button and inside that a button for Custom Icon or Change Icon.
That's part of the problem--the <Change Icon> button is grayed out and thus does not work...
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16 May 2014   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

This page seems to deal with the issue directly:
Change icon greyed out
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