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Windows 7: Changing File Type Icons

05 Apr 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Changing File Type Icons

I have read about, downloaded and used a number of utilities to change icons for file types. They all work. However, when I change the file type for cfg, the icons for txt, ini, log, xml; also change to the icon I set for cfg.

This had me baffled. Whether I used FileTypesMan, Types or Default Programs Editor; the result was the same. What I need to point out is that Programmers Notepad is now the default program for each of those types. I am guessing that's why their types are grouped together in Default Programs Editor. A screenshot is attached.

How do I go about separating these types for the purpose of differentiating their icons. Thanks for the help.


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13 Apr 2015   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Sounds like Programmers Notepad changed the file associations of those file types upon installation and will not allow treating each independently when trying to change the icon. You may have to restore the defaults: Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol.

If you're wanting to simply view the contents of these file types consider installing a little utility called Free File Viewer - (FreeFileViewer). You can then copy and paste the contents to PNotebook if you're wanting to edit the file or "Open with..." from the context menu of the file and select PNotepad (after deselecting "Always use the sected program.....".

If you decide to go this route you may want to try the "Open with...." selection and make PNotepad the default for .xml ONLY (as an example) and see if that action then triggers PNotepad to make it the default for all of the other file types. If it doesn't, great.

Regardless, restoring the default file associations should allow you to change the file's icons.
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