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Windows 7: firefox shortcut icons on my desktop all went blank

27 Oct 2014   #11

windows 7 ultimate

and now I just went into properties on that same web page shortcut, and using that walkthrough I found, i've changed it to the original firefox icon.

and again, it only changed that one icon. and when I drag another web page shortcut to my desktop, it will have that white icon that I just posted above.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You might see if setting IE as the default program and setting Firefox back as the default may toggle them back.
I tried that, and it didn't work.

I even rebooted in between each step.

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27 Oct 2014   #12

windows 7 ultimate

ok this is interesting.

I just realized that the notepad icons have changed to a similarly blank white icon...

and by notepad icon, I mean documents that I have created with various text, and saved as a notepad file. all those icons are whited out too.
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27 Oct 2014   #13

windows 7 ultimate

got it. that was an easy fix.

right click notepad in programs, change icon. fixed it for all of them.

right clicked firefox in programs, did the same thing, and now all the new icons are correct. didn't change the old ones, but I can live with that.
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27 Oct 2014   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Great news.
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10 Aug 2015   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I am having the exact same problem, which started after I refreshed firefox's settings. I have tried all the solutions in this thread (delete iconcache.db, change firefox icon) except changing the default browser because I only have one browser.

Are there any other possible solutions I can try? No matter what I do a .url file on the desktop created from firefox always has a blank icon.

Edit: I fixed it WOOHOO!!

I went to control panel: Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations

and from there changed the .url file default from "Web browser" to "Firefox". All the icons on my desktop changed as well as any new I create.

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23 Aug 2015   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks Ocman76! Worked for me on Windows 10.
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27 Aug 2015   #17

Windows 7 x64 SP1

I know you have it fixed now but this maybe of some use to somebody else...

Shark codecs likes to do that to your Internet shortcuts if Firefox is set to be the default browser, if you copy and paste the code below into notepad and save it with a .reg extension and then run it that will fix all the Firefox related icons... it is just not Shark that does this a few other programs do also so this fix is not specific to that one program.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


@="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe,1"

@="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe,1"
At times they can be really stubborn so like Brink said change IE to default and then change back to Firefox and run this little script above, that has fixed the problem every time for me on every system I have encountered...
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