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Windows 7: Use Different File Type Icons For Same Default Program

09 Jun 2015   #1

Windows 7
Use Different File Type Icons For Same Default Program

Story time.

I am using ConText as the default program to open the following 3 file types, but I need different icons for each file type.

.eml = C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\maillang.dll,20
.bas = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\vb98\vb6.exe,8
.txt = %SystemRoot%\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE,0

How do I go about achieving this.

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09 Jun 2015   #2
Air X

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hey there,
Try using the program "FileTypesMan" found here: FileTypesMan - Alternative to 'File Types' manager of Windows

Once opened, it'll take a minute or two (maybe less) to load all different file types. Right click on the
specified file type and select the option "Edit Selected File Type" or select the file extension and press F2.
From there you'll be able to set the default icon for that file extension, provided you have the ico files.

There are probably other programs out there that do this exact same thing, but this seemed to work well for me.

Hope this helped!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jun 2015   #3

Windows 7

I was using that, and what it's changing is not the file type icon for the file in question, but the file type icon to indicate what program is going to open the file, not what I'm looking for.

It's modifying the icon here: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\ConTEXT.exe\DefaultIcon
Not here: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VisualBasic.Module\DefaultIcon

For example.

That means that EVERY file I want to default open with ConText is going to look exactly the same, and you can't tell which ones are source files and which ones are text files because they look the same.
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17 Jun 2015   #4

Windows 7

I take it nobody's ever wanted to do this?
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07 Aug 2015   #5

Windows 10 64bit

I'm trying to do the same thing and it's so frustrating! Why isn't there a solution!! I swear at one point I had got to this to work in Windows 7 using Types, but the same thing just doesn't work at all anymore -_-.
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09 Aug 2015   #6

Windows 7

It's counter-intuitive, you DELETE the registry key in the applications branch, then add an old style DefaultIcon key in the file type extension you want to modify.

This will result in any file associated with the program that you didn't add a DefaultIcon key to getting the WindowsUnknown icon, but it's better than before.
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