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Windows 7: Animated gif/png/etc icon on the desktop?

29 Mar 2019   #1
Elthesh

Windows 7 64
 
 
Animated gif/png/etc icon on the desktop?

Is there some way, method, program, or whatever that will let me use an animated gif, png or the like as a desktop folder/program icon? I just want to drop an empty folder on the desktop and replace the default icon with an animated one. I've searched high and low and about 90% of search results come up with discussions about animated background wallpapers which is not what I'm looking for. The other 10% are discussing Mac os.

It doesn't even have to be a folder replacement. I'll take just dropping an animated gif/png/etc on the desktop if possible. I don't know why it's winding up so hard to find any info at all on this. I can't possibly be the only person in the world that has wanted to do this in the past.

This is for Windows 7 Ultimate 64.


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29 Mar 2019   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hello Elthesh

Welcome to Seven Forums!

Windows icons are stored as .ico files. While you can change the folder icon or customise your own icon, the amount of customisation stops there.

i.e., you cannot create an animated icon for any Windows file or folder. The reason we are given is that an animated icon would use up more of the systems resources, and possibly introduce a laggy response to the desktop experience - which is not what the customer wants.
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02 Apr 2019   #3
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Elthesh View Post
Is there some way, method, program, or whatever that will let me use an animated gif, png or the like as a desktop folder/program icon? ...
No.
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09 Apr 2019   #4
DownhillDruid67

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I imagine there would be software for this, I recall something similar for Windows 3.1.
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16 Apr 2019   #5
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DownhillDruid67 View Post
I imagine there would be software for this, I recall something similar for Windows 3.1.
I 'imagine' life on other planets. (but I 'know' better) -
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18 Apr 2019   #6
DownhillDruid67

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
I 'imagine' life on other planets. (but I 'know' better) -
What I meant by that was that I recall software for Win 3.1 similar in function to what the OP wanted, so I would think that there would be similar software for modern Windows.
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19 Apr 2019   #7
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DownhillDruid67 View Post
What I meant by that was that I recall software for Win 3.1 similar in function to what the OP wanted, so I would think that there would be similar software for modern Windows.
great! find it and share your results. in the mean time ...


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20 Apr 2019   #8
DownhillDruid67

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
great! find it and share your results. in the mean time ...


No need to be rude - I was just sharing my thoughts that what OP wants may be true.
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20 Apr 2019   #9
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

what rude? it was a proper request. please post results of your research.
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28 Apr 2019   #10
DownhillDruid67

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
what rude? it was a proper request. please post results of your research.
Okay, I get the message, as I said, no need to be rude. :/
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