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Windows 7: Clear Folder icons

06 Jul 2010   #1
Canadagates

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Clear Folder icons

Hello,
I like how Windows 7 shows a preview of a folder's contents by having little icons stick out of the folder. However, I put a picture into a desktop folder that I no longer want looking out at me every day. I took the picture out of the folder but that little icon carries on unchanged. I tried putting a different picture in the folder, but it is still that original one peeking out of the folder. How do I reset this?
Thanks, Gordon


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06 Jul 2010   #2
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Canadagates View Post
Hello,
I like how Windows 7 shows a preview of a folder's contents by having little icons stick out of the folder. However, I put a picture into a desktop folder that I no longer want looking out at me every day. I took the picture out of the folder but that little icon carries on unchanged. I tried putting a different picture in the folder, but it is still that original one peeking out of the folder. How do I reset this?
Thanks, Gordon
Could it be in Control Panel=>Options Folders, check the box "Always Show Icons Never Thumbnails"

You can either Disable Thumbnails Cache if you need in registry.. (attached thumbnail for the path)
Create a Dword 32bits "NoThumbnailCache" set to 1, log Off log On.


But saw Brink had more soft solutions for you on next post!


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06 Jul 2010   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Gordon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you do not have any other images in the folder, then you may just need to right click on the desktop and click on Refresh to update the folder icon.

If that doesn't help, then rebuilding the icon cache may.


In addition in case you changed the folder preview picture using the method below.

Folder Preview Picture Change - Vista Forums


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Jul 2010   #4
Canadagates

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Thanks

I'll try these solutions as soon as I get home tonight. You guys are amazing.
Thanks, Gord
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07 Jul 2010   #5
ANO

Windows 7
 
 

Any ideas for shutting that "feature" off altogether? I find it most annoying. Where is the information kept?...... Especially on a USB flash drive? (one of the fixes says it won't work on a USB drive)

I tried using Regedit, following the path that NON provided, but the "policies" folder isn't a folder on my system, just a file/entry....... it's not expandable.

I could do as suggested and check the "always use icons" box, but then I loose all my thumbnails!!! I LIKE thumbnails (for files mostly), I just want them to be accurate.
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07 Jul 2010   #6
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ANO View Post
Any ideas for shutting that "feature" off altogether? I find it most annoying. Where is the information kept?...... Especially on a USB flash drive? (one of the fixes says it won't work on a USB drive)

I tried using Regedit, following the path that NON provided, but the "policies" folder isn't a folder on my system, just a file/entry....... it's not expandable.

I could do as suggested and check the "always use icons" box, but then I loose all my thumbnails!!! I LIKE thumbnails (for files mostly), I just want them to be accurate.
You could uncheck "Always Show Icons..." then, do/let the registry tweak...this will force the Thumbnail Cache to regenerate itself each time it open a foder.

For the drive you can use "cmd" to paste in your USB drive, open it in administrator right then paste this command, enter...this will clean the file "thumbs.db"

As exemple, my drive is F:\
Open "Cmd" admin prompt pointed to that drive, type: del /ash /s thumbs.db
then enter. Could be the same for icons: type: del /ash /s IconCache.db


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07 Jul 2010   #7
Fathther Jack

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Tick "Thumbnails" in Disk Cleanup to clear your past, err, thumbnails!
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07 Jul 2010   #8
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fathther Jack View Post
Tick "Thumbnails" in Disk Cleanup to clear your past, err, thumbnails!
Yes, it is another solution (less hassle)!
It can be done with CCleaner aswell...
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07 Jul 2010   #9
ANO

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ANO View Post
I tried using Regedit, following the path that NON provided, but the "policies" folder isn't a folder on my system, just a file/entry....... it's not expandable.
You could uncheck "Always Show Icons..." then, do/let the registry tweak...this will force the Thumbnail Cache to regenerate itself each time it open a foder.
Please explain how I'm supposed to do this "tweak". I already tried following the path you provided and found that it's not present on my computer.
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07 Jul 2010   #10
ANO

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fathther Jack View Post
Tick "Thumbnails" in Disk Cleanup to clear your past, err, thumbnails!
Could you tell me where I can select that? All I'm presented with is a choice of drives.
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