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Windows 7: change icon

06 Jul 2011   #1
liquidmonkey

win7
 
 
change icon

so i'm trying to change the icon of a particular file type.
ie, pdf icon is gone for some reason so i want to put one there.

all i can find on the net is 'open up file types manager' BUT how on earth is that done?

am using win7 x64 home premium.
thanks


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06 Jul 2011   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

have you tried restoring the icons cache
Icon Cache - Rebuild
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06 Jul 2011   #3
liquidmonkey

win7
 
 

no luck on cache rebuild
but thanks for the suggestion
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06 Jul 2011   #4
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liquidmonkey View Post
no luck on cache rebuild
but thanks for the suggestion
If this problem is not too long ago, and if you do remember a date when you did NOT have this probelm, do a system restore. Pick that date as your restore point.
System Restore
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06 Jul 2011   #5
liquidmonkey

win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liquidmonkey View Post
no luck on cache rebuild
but thanks for the suggestion
If this problem is not too long ago, and if you do remember a date when you did NOT have this probelm, do a system restore. Pick that date as your restore point.
System Restore

no offence but there must be an easier / other way to choose icons for specific files, ie, pdf, exe and so on.

and i'm sure a system restore would work but i've done waaaaay too much other stuff for that to be worth it at the moment.
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06 Jul 2011   #6
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liquidmonkey View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liquidmonkey View Post
no luck on cache rebuild
but thanks for the suggestion
If this problem is not too long ago, and if you do remember a date when you did NOT have this probelm, do a system restore. Pick that date as your restore point.
System Restore

no offence but there must be an easier / other way to choose icons for specific files, ie, pdf, exe and so on.

and i'm sure a system restore would work but i've done waaaaay too much other stuff for that to be worth it at the moment.

See if this method will work.....
Right click at the pdf file > Properties > Shortcut tab > click Change Icon.....
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06 Jul 2011   #7
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Or right click on any PDF file and select "open with". Make sure you have the small square ticked (Always open..etc..) select Adobe reader (or whatever PDF reader you use)from those offered, or browse for it. Click and "OK". Adobe will then be the default again.
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06 Jul 2011   #8
liquidmonkey

win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liquidmonkey View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post

If this problem is not too long ago, and if you do remember a date when you did NOT have this probelm, do a system restore. Pick that date as your restore point.
System Restore

no offence but there must be an easier / other way to choose icons for specific files, ie, pdf, exe and so on.

and i'm sure a system restore would work but i've done waaaaay too much other stuff for that to be worth it at the moment.

See if this method will work.....
Right click at the pdf file > Properties > Shortcut tab > click Change Icon.....

there is no SHORTCUT tab
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06 Jul 2011   #9
liquidmonkey

win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
Or right click on any PDF file and select "open with". Make sure you have the small square ticked (Always open..etc..) select Adobe reader (or whatever PDF reader you use)from those offered, or browse for it. Click and "OK". Adobe will then be the default again.
this worked to get at least some icon back, thanks!

although it would be cool if we could specify which icon we wanted. seems to only work for actual FOLDERS from i've learned today.

thanks for all the suggestions.
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06 Jul 2011   #10
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Not sure what you are saying but. My procedure, fwiw, is to right click the item and select properties, and then "change icon". If I am not satisified with the shown default selection, then there are choices. You can browse through the (system32) dlls, or select the main source, which is C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll-
Another alternative is to download one of the free icon packages, such as
Free Icons Web - Icons, Free Icons, Stock Icons, Desktop Icon
to a folder, and browse there for something suitable.

Disregard. I have just been reminded that this only works for shortcuts!
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