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Strange icon behavior in ie7

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by CMG, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. CMG

    CMG Flightless Bird

    xp pro sp2

    Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie shortcuts
    on the desktop has changed:

    1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon library
    is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.

    2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change the
    default icon to a custom icon.

    Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?

    Thanks,

    Clem.
     
  2. rob^_^

    rob^_^ Flightless Bird

    Hi,

    The standard for a 'Favicon' is 16^2 or 22px^2 (for hires monitors) for
    Internet Shortcuts (.url files). When you view an Internet Shortcut file
    (.url) in your Windows Explorer it will resize that icon file up to 44px^2
    which is the standard maximum size for an .ico (icon) file.

    When you view .url files in your IE Favorites pane, they are always resized
    to 16px^2, regardless of your Desktop settings.

    Your "Change Icon" dialog is simply honoring the maximum (expected) size for
    an icon (.ico) file or resource (icon resource from a .dll or .exe file).

    Regards.

    "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    news:eWK9xaJmKHA.1536@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > xp pro sp2
    >
    > Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie shortcuts
    > on the desktop has changed:
    >
    > 1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon
    > library is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    > C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.
    >
    > 2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    > properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change the
    > default icon to a custom icon.
    >
    > Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Clem.
    >
    >
     
  3. CMG

    CMG Flightless Bird

    Rob,

    Thanks for writing.

    I believe that your response does not address my question. This is a
    specific problem that ONLY applies to icons on the desktop, and ONLY to ie
    (URL) shortcuts, not program shortcuts, and that ONLY appeared after
    changing from ie6 to ie7, and that ONLY occurs if icon size is set to >49.

    Any ideas?

    Clem.

    "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:eAJJ4uJmKHA.4872@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    >
    > The standard for a 'Favicon' is 16^2 or 22px^2 (for hires monitors) for
    > Internet Shortcuts (.url files). When you view an Internet Shortcut file
    > (.url) in your Windows Explorer it will resize that icon file up to 44px^2
    > which is the standard maximum size for an .ico (icon) file.
    >
    > When you view .url files in your IE Favorites pane, they are always
    > resized to 16px^2, regardless of your Desktop settings.
    >
    > Your "Change Icon" dialog is simply honoring the maximum (expected) size
    > for an icon (.ico) file or resource (icon resource from a .dll or .exe
    > file).
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    > news:eWK9xaJmKHA.1536@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> xp pro sp2
    >>
    >> Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie
    >> shortcuts on the desktop has changed:
    >>
    >> 1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon
    >> library is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    >> C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.
    >>
    >> 2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    >> properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change the
    >> default icon to a custom icon.
    >>
    >> Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Clem.
    >>
    >>
     
  4. rob^_^

    rob^_^ Flightless Bird

    Hi,

    You can submit feedback to MS at connect.microsoft.com. We are just
    volunteers and enthusiasts here.

    Short answer, no I have no idea why it does not work when you have the
    system metrics for icons set to greater than 49px after a IE6 to 7 upgrade.

    As I said, there are standard icon file sizes.

    Possibly if you are using third-party desktop themes, have installed Windows
    Blinds (from Stardoc) or have an Alienware branded PC with AlienGuise
    installed or another Themeing software package, then these third-party
    programs may have a bearing.

    I know that Windows Blinds do have separate themes for XP and Vista and that
    within those theme sets there are differences for IE6 and IE7/8. We have
    seen plenty of issues with Desktop themes and IE.

    I would think it logical to limit the size that you allow a user to stretch
    the size of their desktop icons, because as your stretch the size there is a
    degradation of the quality (pixilation).

    Oh... (bubble thought) of coarse. IE7 introduced restrictions on saving
    internet shortcuts to your desktop and also in placing Active content on
    your desktop... mmm... not really the same issue....

    <this would explain why the Change Icon button is disabled>
    Are your desktop icons read-only (File Attributes on the General tab of
    Shortcut properties).

    .... Sorry Clem. I am really not interested in pursuing the issue as I think
    it is trivial and not a showstopper for any internet users. There are limits
    to how big you can stretch an icon file before it becomes too big and ugly
    to the eye. If you don't have read-only set then I can think of no other
    explanation.

    Regards.

    "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    news:eUGKPMKmKHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Rob,
    >
    > Thanks for writing.
    >
    > I believe that your response does not address my question. This is a
    > specific problem that ONLY applies to icons on the desktop, and ONLY to ie
    > (URL) shortcuts, not program shortcuts, and that ONLY appeared after
    > changing from ie6 to ie7, and that ONLY occurs if icon size is set to >49.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    > Clem.
    >
    > "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:eAJJ4uJmKHA.4872@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> The standard for a 'Favicon' is 16^2 or 22px^2 (for hires monitors) for
    >> Internet Shortcuts (.url files). When you view an Internet Shortcut file
    >> (.url) in your Windows Explorer it will resize that icon file up to
    >> 44px^2 which is the standard maximum size for an .ico (icon) file.
    >>
    >> When you view .url files in your IE Favorites pane, they are always
    >> resized to 16px^2, regardless of your Desktop settings.
    >>
    >> Your "Change Icon" dialog is simply honoring the maximum (expected) size
    >> for an icon (.ico) file or resource (icon resource from a .dll or .exe
    >> file).
    >>
    >> Regards.
    >>
    >> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >> news:eWK9xaJmKHA.1536@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> xp pro sp2
    >>>
    >>> Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie
    >>> shortcuts on the desktop has changed:
    >>>
    >>> 1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon
    >>> library is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    >>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.
    >>>
    >>> 2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    >>> properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change the
    >>> default icon to a custom icon.
    >>>
    >>> Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>>
    >>> Clem.
    >>>
    >>>

    >
    >
    >
     
  5. CMG

    CMG Flightless Bird

    Thank you, Rob!

    Clem.

    "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ekNAjmKmKHA.5128@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    >
    > You can submit feedback to MS at connect.microsoft.com. We are just
    > volunteers and enthusiasts here.
    >
    > Short answer, no I have no idea why it does not work when you have the
    > system metrics for icons set to greater than 49px after a IE6 to 7
    > upgrade.
    >
    > As I said, there are standard icon file sizes.
    >
    > Possibly if you are using third-party desktop themes, have installed
    > Windows Blinds (from Stardoc) or have an Alienware branded PC with
    > AlienGuise installed or another Themeing software package, then these
    > third-party programs may have a bearing.
    >
    > I know that Windows Blinds do have separate themes for XP and Vista and
    > that within those theme sets there are differences for IE6 and IE7/8. We
    > have seen plenty of issues with Desktop themes and IE.
    >
    > I would think it logical to limit the size that you allow a user to
    > stretch the size of their desktop icons, because as your stretch the size
    > there is a degradation of the quality (pixilation).
    >
    > Oh... (bubble thought) of coarse. IE7 introduced restrictions on saving
    > internet shortcuts to your desktop and also in placing Active content on
    > your desktop... mmm... not really the same issue....
    >
    > <this would explain why the Change Icon button is disabled>
    > Are your desktop icons read-only (File Attributes on the General tab of
    > Shortcut properties).
    >
    > ... Sorry Clem. I am really not interested in pursuing the issue as I
    > think it is trivial and not a showstopper for any internet users. There
    > are limits to how big you can stretch an icon file before it becomes too
    > big and ugly to the eye. If you don't have read-only set then I can think
    > of no other explanation.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    > news:eUGKPMKmKHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Rob,
    >>
    >> Thanks for writing.
    >>
    >> I believe that your response does not address my question. This is a
    >> specific problem that ONLY applies to icons on the desktop, and ONLY to
    >> ie (URL) shortcuts, not program shortcuts, and that ONLY appeared after
    >> changing from ie6 to ie7, and that ONLY occurs if icon size is set to
    >> >49.

    >>
    >> Any ideas?
    >>
    >> Clem.
    >>
    >> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:eAJJ4uJmKHA.4872@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> Hi,
    >>>
    >>> The standard for a 'Favicon' is 16^2 or 22px^2 (for hires monitors) for
    >>> Internet Shortcuts (.url files). When you view an Internet Shortcut file
    >>> (.url) in your Windows Explorer it will resize that icon file up to
    >>> 44px^2 which is the standard maximum size for an .ico (icon) file.
    >>>
    >>> When you view .url files in your IE Favorites pane, they are always
    >>> resized to 16px^2, regardless of your Desktop settings.
    >>>
    >>> Your "Change Icon" dialog is simply honoring the maximum (expected) size
    >>> for an icon (.ico) file or resource (icon resource from a .dll or .exe
    >>> file).
    >>>
    >>> Regards.
    >>>
    >>> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >>> news:eWK9xaJmKHA.1536@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>> xp pro sp2
    >>>>
    >>>> Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie
    >>>> shortcuts on the desktop has changed:
    >>>>
    >>>> 1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon
    >>>> library is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    >>>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.
    >>>>
    >>>> 2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    >>>> properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change the
    >>>> default icon to a custom icon.
    >>>>
    >>>> Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>>
    >>>> Clem.
    >>>>
    >>>>

    >>
    >>
    >>
     
  6. rob^_^

    rob^_^ Flightless Bird

    You welcome Clem. I hope you understand my lackluster reply.

    If there is an issue with XP/IE7 there is nothing that can be done about it
    as IE7 has been succeeded by IE8 which is now in its maintenance cycle and
    nothing core will be changed until the release of the next version of IE
    which will probably only be for Win7 and Server 2008 platforms.

    Regards.

    "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    news:#ea6dMMmKHA.1824@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Thank you, Rob!
    >
    > Clem.
    >
    > "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:ekNAjmKmKHA.5128@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> You can submit feedback to MS at connect.microsoft.com. We are just
    >> volunteers and enthusiasts here.
    >>
    >> Short answer, no I have no idea why it does not work when you have the
    >> system metrics for icons set to greater than 49px after a IE6 to 7
    >> upgrade.
    >>
    >> As I said, there are standard icon file sizes.
    >>
    >> Possibly if you are using third-party desktop themes, have installed
    >> Windows Blinds (from Stardoc) or have an Alienware branded PC with
    >> AlienGuise installed or another Themeing software package, then these
    >> third-party programs may have a bearing.
    >>
    >> I know that Windows Blinds do have separate themes for XP and Vista and
    >> that within those theme sets there are differences for IE6 and IE7/8. We
    >> have seen plenty of issues with Desktop themes and IE.
    >>
    >> I would think it logical to limit the size that you allow a user to
    >> stretch the size of their desktop icons, because as your stretch the size
    >> there is a degradation of the quality (pixilation).
    >>
    >> Oh... (bubble thought) of coarse. IE7 introduced restrictions on saving
    >> internet shortcuts to your desktop and also in placing Active content on
    >> your desktop... mmm... not really the same issue....
    >>
    >> <this would explain why the Change Icon button is disabled>
    >> Are your desktop icons read-only (File Attributes on the General tab of
    >> Shortcut properties).
    >>
    >> ... Sorry Clem. I am really not interested in pursuing the issue as I
    >> think it is trivial and not a showstopper for any internet users. There
    >> are limits to how big you can stretch an icon file before it becomes too
    >> big and ugly to the eye. If you don't have read-only set then I can think
    >> of no other explanation.
    >>
    >> Regards.
    >>
    >> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >> news:eUGKPMKmKHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>> Rob,
    >>>
    >>> Thanks for writing.
    >>>
    >>> I believe that your response does not address my question. This is a
    >>> specific problem that ONLY applies to icons on the desktop, and ONLY to
    >>> ie (URL) shortcuts, not program shortcuts, and that ONLY appeared after
    >>> changing from ie6 to ie7, and that ONLY occurs if icon size is set to
    >>> >49.
    >>>
    >>> Any ideas?
    >>>
    >>> Clem.
    >>>
    >>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:eAJJ4uJmKHA.4872@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Hi,
    >>>>
    >>>> The standard for a 'Favicon' is 16^2 or 22px^2 (for hires monitors) for
    >>>> Internet Shortcuts (.url files). When you view an Internet Shortcut
    >>>> file (.url) in your Windows Explorer it will resize that icon file up
    >>>> to 44px^2 which is the standard maximum size for an .ico (icon) file.
    >>>>
    >>>> When you view .url files in your IE Favorites pane, they are always
    >>>> resized to 16px^2, regardless of your Desktop settings.
    >>>>
    >>>> Your "Change Icon" dialog is simply honoring the maximum (expected)
    >>>> size for an icon (.ico) file or resource (icon resource from a .dll or
    >>>> .exe file).
    >>>>
    >>>> Regards.
    >>>>
    >>>> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eWK9xaJmKHA.1536@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> xp pro sp2
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie
    >>>>> shortcuts on the desktop has changed:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> 1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon
    >>>>> library is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    >>>>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> 2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    >>>>> properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change the
    >>>>> default icon to a custom icon.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Clem.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >
    >
     
  7. CMG

    CMG Flightless Bird

    Rob,

    I'd upgrade to 8, but our RAS at work does not seem to work with 8. In due
    course, I'm sure they will make the necessary changes.

    Clem.

    "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:16258CE8-32E0-42D5-AA2C-B770870291DC@microsoft.com...
    > You welcome Clem. I hope you understand my lackluster reply.
    >
    > If there is an issue with XP/IE7 there is nothing that can be done about
    > it as IE7 has been succeeded by IE8 which is now in its maintenance cycle
    > and nothing core will be changed until the release of the next version of
    > IE which will probably only be for Win7 and Server 2008 platforms.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    > news:#ea6dMMmKHA.1824@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Thank you, Rob!
    >>
    >> Clem.
    >>
    >> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:ekNAjmKmKHA.5128@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> Hi,
    >>>
    >>> You can submit feedback to MS at connect.microsoft.com. We are just
    >>> volunteers and enthusiasts here.
    >>>
    >>> Short answer, no I have no idea why it does not work when you have the
    >>> system metrics for icons set to greater than 49px after a IE6 to 7
    >>> upgrade.
    >>>
    >>> As I said, there are standard icon file sizes.
    >>>
    >>> Possibly if you are using third-party desktop themes, have installed
    >>> Windows Blinds (from Stardoc) or have an Alienware branded PC with
    >>> AlienGuise installed or another Themeing software package, then these
    >>> third-party programs may have a bearing.
    >>>
    >>> I know that Windows Blinds do have separate themes for XP and Vista and
    >>> that within those theme sets there are differences for IE6 and IE7/8. We
    >>> have seen plenty of issues with Desktop themes and IE.
    >>>
    >>> I would think it logical to limit the size that you allow a user to
    >>> stretch the size of their desktop icons, because as your stretch the
    >>> size there is a degradation of the quality (pixilation).
    >>>
    >>> Oh... (bubble thought) of coarse. IE7 introduced restrictions on saving
    >>> internet shortcuts to your desktop and also in placing Active content on
    >>> your desktop... mmm... not really the same issue....
    >>>
    >>> <this would explain why the Change Icon button is disabled>
    >>> Are your desktop icons read-only (File Attributes on the General tab of
    >>> Shortcut properties).
    >>>
    >>> ... Sorry Clem. I am really not interested in pursuing the issue as I
    >>> think it is trivial and not a showstopper for any internet users. There
    >>> are limits to how big you can stretch an icon file before it becomes too
    >>> big and ugly to the eye. If you don't have read-only set then I can
    >>> think of no other explanation.
    >>>
    >>> Regards.
    >>>
    >>> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >>> news:eUGKPMKmKHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Rob,
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks for writing.
    >>>>
    >>>> I believe that your response does not address my question. This is a
    >>>> specific problem that ONLY applies to icons on the desktop, and ONLY to
    >>>> ie (URL) shortcuts, not program shortcuts, and that ONLY appeared after
    >>>> changing from ie6 to ie7, and that ONLY occurs if icon size is set to
    >>>> >49.
    >>>>
    >>>> Any ideas?
    >>>>
    >>>> Clem.
    >>>>
    >>>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eAJJ4uJmKHA.4872@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Hi,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> The standard for a 'Favicon' is 16^2 or 22px^2 (for hires monitors)
    >>>>> for Internet Shortcuts (.url files). When you view an Internet
    >>>>> Shortcut file (.url) in your Windows Explorer it will resize that icon
    >>>>> file up to 44px^2 which is the standard maximum size for an .ico
    >>>>> (icon) file.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> When you view .url files in your IE Favorites pane, they are always
    >>>>> resized to 16px^2, regardless of your Desktop settings.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Your "Change Icon" dialog is simply honoring the maximum (expected)
    >>>>> size for an icon (.ico) file or resource (icon resource from a .dll or
    >>>>> .exe file).
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Regards.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:eWK9xaJmKHA.1536@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> xp pro sp2
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie
    >>>>>> shortcuts on the desktop has changed:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> 1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon
    >>>>>> library is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    >>>>>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> 2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    >>>>>> properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change
    >>>>>> the default icon to a custom icon.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Thanks,
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Clem.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>

    >>
    >>
     
  8. rob^_^

    rob^_^ Flightless Bird

    Hi,

    There are some hits in this search

    http://www.google.com/search?q=ras xp ie8

    .... I can't remember what I was using... CrossLoop, but it is reported as a
    vulnerability by my AV Product. I would only use it with Friends that I know
    practice safe hex.

    Regards.

    "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    news:#p8kzHZmKHA.4312@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Rob,
    >
    > I'd upgrade to 8, but our RAS at work does not seem to work with 8. In due
    > course, I'm sure they will make the necessary changes.
    >
    > Clem.
    >
    > "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:16258CE8-32E0-42D5-AA2C-B770870291DC@microsoft.com...
    >> You welcome Clem. I hope you understand my lackluster reply.
    >>
    >> If there is an issue with XP/IE7 there is nothing that can be done about
    >> it as IE7 has been succeeded by IE8 which is now in its maintenance cycle
    >> and nothing core will be changed until the release of the next version of
    >> IE which will probably only be for Win7 and Server 2008 platforms.
    >>
    >> Regards.
    >>
    >> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >> news:#ea6dMMmKHA.1824@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Thank you, Rob!
    >>>
    >>> Clem.
    >>>
    >>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:ekNAjmKmKHA.5128@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Hi,
    >>>>
    >>>> You can submit feedback to MS at connect.microsoft.com. We are just
    >>>> volunteers and enthusiasts here.
    >>>>
    >>>> Short answer, no I have no idea why it does not work when you have the
    >>>> system metrics for icons set to greater than 49px after a IE6 to 7
    >>>> upgrade.
    >>>>
    >>>> As I said, there are standard icon file sizes.
    >>>>
    >>>> Possibly if you are using third-party desktop themes, have installed
    >>>> Windows Blinds (from Stardoc) or have an Alienware branded PC with
    >>>> AlienGuise installed or another Themeing software package, then these
    >>>> third-party programs may have a bearing.
    >>>>
    >>>> I know that Windows Blinds do have separate themes for XP and Vista and
    >>>> that within those theme sets there are differences for IE6 and IE7/8.
    >>>> We have seen plenty of issues with Desktop themes and IE.
    >>>>
    >>>> I would think it logical to limit the size that you allow a user to
    >>>> stretch the size of their desktop icons, because as your stretch the
    >>>> size there is a degradation of the quality (pixilation).
    >>>>
    >>>> Oh... (bubble thought) of coarse. IE7 introduced restrictions on saving
    >>>> internet shortcuts to your desktop and also in placing Active content
    >>>> on your desktop... mmm... not really the same issue....
    >>>>
    >>>> <this would explain why the Change Icon button is disabled>
    >>>> Are your desktop icons read-only (File Attributes on the General tab of
    >>>> Shortcut properties).
    >>>>
    >>>> ... Sorry Clem. I am really not interested in pursuing the issue as I
    >>>> think it is trivial and not a showstopper for any internet users. There
    >>>> are limits to how big you can stretch an icon file before it becomes
    >>>> too big and ugly to the eye. If you don't have read-only set then I can
    >>>> think of no other explanation.
    >>>>
    >>>> Regards.
    >>>>
    >>>> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eUGKPMKmKHA.3792@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Rob,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks for writing.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I believe that your response does not address my question. This is a
    >>>>> specific problem that ONLY applies to icons on the desktop, and ONLY
    >>>>> to ie (URL) shortcuts, not program shortcuts, and that ONLY appeared
    >>>>> after changing from ie6 to ie7, and that ONLY occurs if icon size is
    >>>>> set to >49.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Any ideas?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Clem.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "rob^_^" <iecustomizer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:eAJJ4uJmKHA.4872@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>> Hi,
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> The standard for a 'Favicon' is 16^2 or 22px^2 (for hires monitors)
    >>>>>> for Internet Shortcuts (.url files). When you view an Internet
    >>>>>> Shortcut file (.url) in your Windows Explorer it will resize that
    >>>>>> icon file up to 44px^2 which is the standard maximum size for an .ico
    >>>>>> (icon) file.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> When you view .url files in your IE Favorites pane, they are always
    >>>>>> resized to 16px^2, regardless of your Desktop settings.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Your "Change Icon" dialog is simply honoring the maximum (expected)
    >>>>>> size for an icon (.ico) file or resource (icon resource from a .dll
    >>>>>> or .exe file).
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Regards.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "CMG" <clem3000@gmail.moc> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:eWK9xaJmKHA.1536@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>>>>> xp pro sp2
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie
    >>>>>>> shortcuts on the desktop has changed:
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> 1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon
    >>>>>>> library is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    >>>>>>> C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> 2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    >>>>>>> properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change
    >>>>>>> the default icon to a custom icon.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Thanks,
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Clem.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >
    >
     
  9. VolkerD

    VolkerD Flightless Bird

    I noticed the same issue some while ago (ever after IE6 where this
    bug/"feature" did not yet exist) and found a solution that works fine for me:
    Just create a shortcut for IE with the desired address - that's it; you can
    assign any icon you like (e.g. downloaded favicon.ico, other icon, icons from
    ..dll's or even application icons...) in any size.

    Your "target" field in the shortcut's properties would look like this
    (including quotation marks), here e.g. for amazon.com:

    "C:/Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" "http://www.amazon.com/"

    Best wishes
    VolkerD

    "CMG" wrote:

    > xp pro sp2
    >
    > Since going from ie6 to ie7, the behavior of custom icons for ie shortcuts
    > on the desktop has changed:
    >
    > 1, when I r-click the icon/properties/change icon, the default icon library
    > is %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, instead of
    > C:/WINDOWS\system32\url.dll.
    >
    > 2, if I set icon size (in desktop properties/display
    > properties/appearance/advanced appearance) to >49, I cannot change the
    > default icon to a custom icon.
    >
    > Any idea why this is, and how to fix it?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Clem.
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     

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