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Desktop icons changing with IE7

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Bobbi, May 10, 2010.

  1. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    I seem to have messed up my computer.

    I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made desktop
    icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some old
    posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took one
    suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    mistake. Now I can't seem to change the desktop icons which refer to
    websites on the web: I select the one I want from
    my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change it.
    The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.

    So my questions are now:

    (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've selected,
    and
    (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.

    Note: I CAN change desktop icons for shortcuts which refer to web pages
    which are entirely on my computer. Why not for shortcuts which refer to real
    websites?

    Thanks,
    Bobbi
     
  2. Don Varnau

    Don Varnau Flightless Bird

    Hi,
    1. You may have to leave "large icons" unchecked. Other posts have suggested
    that an icon size larger than ~46 will cause the problem with favicons.

    Set icon size from Control Panel> Display> Appearance> Advanced> Item> Icon.

    2. You might try FavOrg http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm line
    108.
    I don't know that this will help with icons on the desktop.

    3. Or, a more complicated workaround...
    Find "IExplore.exe" (probably in Program Files\Internet Explorer)
    Right-click and drag IExplore.exe to the desktop and choose "Create
    shortcut." Right-click that shortcut> Properties> Target, modify the Target
    to include the URL.
    Example:
    "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"
    becomes
    "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" www.yahoo.com
    Note a space between EXE" and ww
    Rename the shortcut if desired.

    From Internet Options> General> Browsing History> Settings> View Files, copy
    favicons from the Temporary Internet Files folder to another folder you've
    created. Try different Views and "Arrange by" options on the TIF folder to
    group favicons together.

    Back at the new shortcut on the desktop, apply the custom icon. Since it's
    no longer an Internet Shortcut, it's an .lnk (.LNK) file, IE7's attempts to
    apply a favicon won't change your icon selection.

    Hope this helps,
    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]


    "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    news:eN4uozA8KHA.4832@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >
    > I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made

    desktop
    > icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some

    old
    > posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took

    one
    > suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    > large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    > mistake. Now I can't seem to change the desktop icons which refer to
    > websites on the web: I select the one I want from
    > my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change

    it.
    > The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >
    > So my questions are now:
    >
    > (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've selected,
    > and
    > (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >
    > Note: I CAN change desktop icons for shortcuts which refer to web pages
    > which are entirely on my computer. Why not for shortcuts which refer to

    real
    > websites?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bobbi
     
  3. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Hi, Don-

    I haven't tried your suggestion #3 yet, as I have a couple of questions on 1
    and 2:

    1. Is any number less than, say, 46 OK, or should it be a power of 2, like
    16 or 32?

    2. Regarding kelly's tweak on 108: it's in French and I'm not sure where I'm
    supposed to look and what it's supposed to do.

    Bobbi





    "Don Varnau" <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote in message
    news:utJgJNC8KHA.644@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    > 1. You may have to leave "large icons" unchecked. Other posts have
    > suggested
    > that an icon size larger than ~46 will cause the problem with favicons.
    >
    > Set icon size from Control Panel> Display> Appearance> Advanced> Item>
    > Icon.
    >
    > 2. You might try FavOrg http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm line
    > 108.
    > I don't know that this will help with icons on the desktop.
    >
    > 3. Or, a more complicated workaround...
    > Find "IExplore.exe" (probably in Program Files\Internet Explorer)
    > Right-click and drag IExplore.exe to the desktop and choose "Create
    > shortcut." Right-click that shortcut> Properties> Target, modify the
    > Target
    > to include the URL.
    > Example:
    > "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"
    > becomes
    > "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" www.yahoo.com
    > Note a space between EXE" and ww
    > Rename the shortcut if desired.
    >
    > From Internet Options> General> Browsing History> Settings> View Files,
    > copy
    > favicons from the Temporary Internet Files folder to another folder you've
    > created. Try different Views and "Arrange by" options on the TIF folder to
    > group favicons together.
    >
    > Back at the new shortcut on the desktop, apply the custom icon. Since it's
    > no longer an Internet Shortcut, it's an .lnk (.LNK) file, IE7's attempts
    > to
    > apply a favicon won't change your icon selection.
    >
    > Hope this helps,
    > Don
    > [MS MVP- IE]
    >
    >
    > "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:eN4uozA8KHA.4832@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >>
    >> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made

    > desktop
    >> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some

    > old
    >> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took

    > one
    >> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    >> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    >> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the desktop icons which refer to
    >> websites on the web: I select the one I want from
    >> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change

    > it.
    >> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >>
    >> So my questions are now:
    >>
    >> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    >> selected,
    >> and
    >> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >>
    >> Note: I CAN change desktop icons for shortcuts which refer to web pages
    >> which are entirely on my computer. Why not for shortcuts which refer to

    > real
    >> websites?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Bobbi

    >
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Asked/Answered in WinXP General (where we've also discussed the 2+ years of
    Windows Updates you've not yet installed, including SP3). If you must make
    identical posts to multiple newsgroups, please cross-post one (1) message to
    all of them. Thank you.

    Multiposting vs Crossposting:
    http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm


    Bobbi wrote:
    > I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >
    > I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    > desktop
    > icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some
    > old
    > posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took
    > one
    > suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    > large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    > mistake. Now I can't seem to change the desktop icons which refer to
    > websites on the web: I select the one I want from
    > my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change
    > it.
    > The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >
    > So my questions are now:
    >
    > (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've selected,
    > and
    > (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >
    > Note: I CAN change desktop icons for shortcuts which refer to web pages
    > which are entirely on my computer. Why not for shortcuts which refer to
    > real
    > websites?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bobbi
     
  5. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    PA Bear- I believe you were the one who suggested that my original post in
    windowsxp.general should have been posted in this forum, so I did. I do
    understand that cross-posting wastes everyone's time. Is there a way to
    cross-post one message to multiple newsgroups?
    -Bobbi

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:-OYtHbnF8KHA.4508@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Asked/Answered in WinXP General (where we've also discussed the 2+ years
    > of Windows Updates you've not yet installed, including SP3). If you must
    > make identical posts to multiple newsgroups, please cross-post one (1)
    > message to all of them. Thank you.
    >
    > Multiposting vs Crossposting:
    > http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
    >
    >
    > Bobbi wrote:
    >> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >>
    >> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    >> desktop
    >> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some
    >> old
    >> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took
    >> one
    >> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    >> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    >> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the desktop icons which refer to
    >> websites on the web: I select the one I want from
    >> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change
    >> it.
    >> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >>
    >> So my questions are now:
    >>
    >> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    >> selected,
    >> and
    >> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >>
    >> Note: I CAN change desktop icons for shortcuts which refer to web pages
    >> which are entirely on my computer. Why not for shortcuts which refer to
    >> real
    >> websites?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Bobbi

    >
     
  6. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    > ...Is there a way to
    > cross-post one message to multiple newsgroups?


    Yes: I'm crossposting this reply to WinXP General!

    Bobbi wrote:
    > PA Bear- I believe you were the one who suggested that my original post in
    > windowsxp.general should have been posted in this forum, so I did. I do
    > understand that cross-posting wastes everyone's time. Is there a way to
    > cross-post one message to multiple newsgroups?
    >
    >> Asked/Answered in WinXP General (where we've also discussed the 2+ years
    >> of Windows Updates you've not yet installed, including SP3). If you must
    >> make identical posts to multiple newsgroups, please cross-post one (1)
    >> message to all of them. Thank you.
    >>
    >> Multiposting vs Crossposting:
    >> http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm Bobbi wrote:
    >>> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >>>
    >>> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    >>> desktop
    >>> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some
    >>> old
    >>> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took
    >>> one
    >>> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    >>> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    >>> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the desktop icons which refer to
    >>> websites on the web: I select the one I want from
    >>> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change
    >>> it.
    >>> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >>>
    >>> So my questions are now:
    >>>
    >>> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    >>> selected,
    >>> and
    >>> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >>>
    >>> Note: I CAN change desktop icons for shortcuts which refer to web pages
    >>> which are entirely on my computer. Why not for shortcuts which refer to
    >>> real
    >>> websites?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Bobbi
     
  7. Don Varnau

    Don Varnau Flightless Bird

    Hi,
    I hadn't checked Kelly's link recently. Try downloading FavOrg from
    http://wittswallpapers.com/Oldies/indexoldies.html

    Icon size: The reports were that any size smaller than 46 resolved the
    issue.

    Don


    "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    news:uGFdbkE8KHA.3880@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hi, Don-
    >
    > I haven't tried your suggestion #3 yet, as I have a couple of questions on

    1
    > and 2:
    >
    > 1. Is any number less than, say, 46 OK, or should it be a power of 2, like
    > 16 or 32?
    >
    > 2. Regarding kelly's tweak on 108: it's in French and I'm not sure where

    I'm
    > supposed to look and what it's supposed to do.
    >
    > Bobbi



    > "Don Varnau" <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote in message
    > news:utJgJNC8KHA.644@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > > Hi,
    > > 1. You may have to leave "large icons" unchecked. Other posts have
    > > suggested
    > > that an icon size larger than ~46 will cause the problem with favicons.
    > >
    > > Set icon size from Control Panel> Display> Appearance> Advanced> Item>
    > > Icon.
    > >
    > > 2. You might try FavOrg http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    line
    > > 108.
    > > I don't know that this will help with icons on the desktop.
    > >
    > > 3. Or, a more complicated workaround...
    > > Find "IExplore.exe" (probably in Program Files\Internet Explorer)
    > > Right-click and drag IExplore.exe to the desktop and choose "Create
    > > shortcut." Right-click that shortcut> Properties> Target, modify the
    > > Target
    > > to include the URL.
    > > Example:
    > > "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"
    > > becomes
    > > "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" www.yahoo.com
    > > Note a space between EXE" and ww
    > > Rename the shortcut if desired.
    > >
    > > From Internet Options> General> Browsing History> Settings> View Files,
    > > copy
    > > favicons from the Temporary Internet Files folder to another folder

    you've
    > > created. Try different Views and "Arrange by" options on the TIF folder

    to
    > > group favicons together.
    > >
    > > Back at the new shortcut on the desktop, apply the custom icon. Since

    it's
    > > no longer an Internet Shortcut, it's an .lnk (.LNK) file, IE7's attempts
    > > to
    > > apply a favicon won't change your icon selection.
    > >



    > > "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    > > news:eN4uozA8KHA.4832@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > >> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    > >>
    > >> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made

    > > desktop
    > >> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some

    > > old
    > >> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I

    took
    > > one
    > >> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT

    use
    > >> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    > >> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the desktop icons which refer to
    > >> websites on the web: I select the one I want from
    > >> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change

    > > it.
    > >> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    > >>
    > >> So my questions are now:
    > >>
    > >> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    > >> selected,
    > >> and
    > >> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    > >>
    > >> Note: I CAN change desktop icons for shortcuts which refer to web pages
    > >> which are entirely on my computer. Why not for shortcuts which refer to

    > > real
    > >> websites?
     
  8. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Hi, Don. I set the icon size to 40, and that seems to have solved most of
    the problems. I still need to make my shortcuts to web pages read-only,
    though.
    Thanks!
    -Bobbi

    "Don Varnau" <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote in message
    news:uGxWdZK8KHA.3276@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    > I hadn't checked Kelly's link recently. Try downloading FavOrg from
    > http://wittswallpapers.com/Oldies/indexoldies.html
    >
    > Icon size: The reports were that any size smaller than 46 resolved the
    > issue.
    >
    > Don
    >
    >
    > "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:uGFdbkE8KHA.3880@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi, Don-
    >>
    >> I haven't tried your suggestion #3 yet, as I have a couple of questions
    >> on

    > 1
    >> and 2:
    >>
    >> 1. Is any number less than, say, 46 OK, or should it be a power of 2,
    >> like
    >> 16 or 32?
    >>
    >> 2. Regarding kelly's tweak on 108: it's in French and I'm not sure where

    > I'm
    >> supposed to look and what it's supposed to do.
    >>
    >> Bobbi

    >
    >
    >> "Don Varnau" <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote in message
    >> news:utJgJNC8KHA.644@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> > Hi,
    >> > 1. You may have to leave "large icons" unchecked. Other posts have
    >> > suggested
    >> > that an icon size larger than ~46 will cause the problem with favicons.
    >> >
    >> > Set icon size from Control Panel> Display> Appearance> Advanced> Item>
    >> > Icon.
    >> >
    >> > 2. You might try FavOrg http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    > line
    >> > 108.
    >> > I don't know that this will help with icons on the desktop.
    >> >
    >> > 3. Or, a more complicated workaround...
    >> > Find "IExplore.exe" (probably in Program Files\Internet Explorer)
    >> > Right-click and drag IExplore.exe to the desktop and choose "Create
    >> > shortcut." Right-click that shortcut> Properties> Target, modify the
    >> > Target
    >> > to include the URL.
    >> > Example:
    >> > "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"
    >> > becomes
    >> > "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" www.yahoo.com
    >> > Note a space between EXE" and ww
    >> > Rename the shortcut if desired.
    >> >
    >> > From Internet Options> General> Browsing History> Settings> View Files,
    >> > copy
    >> > favicons from the Temporary Internet Files folder to another folder

    > you've
    >> > created. Try different Views and "Arrange by" options on the TIF folder

    > to
    >> > group favicons together.
    >> >
    >> > Back at the new shortcut on the desktop, apply the custom icon. Since

    > it's
    >> > no longer an Internet Shortcut, it's an .lnk (.LNK) file, IE7's
    >> > attempts
    >> > to
    >> > apply a favicon won't change your icon selection.
    >> >

    >
    >
    >> > "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    >> > news:eN4uozA8KHA.4832@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> >> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >> >>
    >> >> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    >> > desktop
    >> >> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read
    >> >> some
    >> > old
    >> >> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I

    > took
    >> > one
    >> >> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT

    > use
    >> >> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    >> >> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the desktop icons which refer to
    >> >> websites on the web: I select the one I want from
    >> >> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't
    >> >> change
    >> > it.
    >> >> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >> >>
    >> >> So my questions are now:
    >> >>
    >> >> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    >> >> selected,
    >> >> and
    >> >> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >> >>
    >> >> Note: I CAN change desktop icons for shortcuts which refer to web
    >> >> pages
    >> >> which are entirely on my computer. Why not for shortcuts which refer
    >> >> to
    >> > real
    >> >> websites?

    >
     

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