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Vanishing icons in task bar

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Dano, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Dano

    Dano Flightless Bird

    Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file folder
    icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I suppose...but does it
    represent a symptom of something worse to come? New system is just a couple
    of weeks old.
     
  2. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Dano wrote:
    > Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file
    > folder icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I
    > suppose...but does it represent a symptom of something worse to come?
    > New system is just a couple of weeks old.


    Which icons for what? Do the icons represent an application or a folder?
    Are they "pinned" items or shortcuts in a a toolbar?
    --
    Crash

    "The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion."
    ~ Arnold H. Glasow ~
     
  3. R. C. White

    R. C. White Flightless Bird

    Hi, Dano.

    Please always mention WHICH Win7. The Starter Edition and Ultimate x64 are
    both Win7, and many answers are the same for both of them, but MANY answers
    will depend on which version is involved. For example, Personalization is
    much more limited for Starter.

    Please tell us WHICH icons are becoming generic - and are you SURE? Some
    icons - such as for Windows Explorer - may look like the generic folder icon
    at first glance. And some icons are meant to be near-generic; the WLMail
    icon could be mistaken for a folder, and the icon right beside it on my
    Taskbar at this moment is a near-generic folder icon for this message that
    I'm composing. And icons can expand or shrink as we start or stop their
    applications. So please be specific as to which icons are changing on your
    screen.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail Version 2011 (Build 15.4.3002.0810)) in Win7 Ultimate x64


    "Dano" wrote in message news:i4tt0s$uie$1@news.eternal-september.org...

    Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file folder
    icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I suppose...but does it
    represent a symptom of something worse to come? New system is just a couple
    of weeks old.
     
  4. Dano

    Dano Flightless Bird

    "Dave "Crash" Dummy" <invalid@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    news:gQuco.19845$st2.3762@newsfe09.iad...
    > Dano wrote:
    >> Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file
    >> folder icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I suppose...but
    >> does it represent a symptom of something worse to come?
    >> New system is just a couple of weeks old.

    >
    > Which icons for what? Do the icons represent an application or a folder?
    > Are they "pinned" items or shortcuts in a a toolbar?
    > --
    > Crash
    >
    > "The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion."
    > ~ Arnold H. Glasow ~


    They represent applications. Both are pinned. One is for IObit Security
    360...the other is GlobeReader (as in the Boston Globe), an Adobe Air
    application that shows an actual depiction of the newspaper. Both apps are
    in fine working order. Just no icons. They had worked before the other
    day. All others are intact.
     
  5. Dano

    Dano Flightless Bird

    "R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    news:veydnQ9ZUNIP4e_RnZ2dnUVZ_tqdnZ2d@posted.grandecom...
    > Hi, Dano.
    >
    > Please always mention WHICH Win7. The Starter Edition and Ultimate x64
    > are both Win7, and many answers are the same for both of them, but MANY
    > answers will depend on which version is involved. For example,
    > Personalization is much more limited for Starter.
    >
    > Please tell us WHICH icons are becoming generic - and are you SURE? Some
    > icons - such as for Windows Explorer - may look like the generic folder
    > icon at first glance. And some icons are meant to be near-generic; the
    > WLMail icon could be mistaken for a folder, and the icon right beside it
    > on my Taskbar at this moment is a near-generic folder icon for this
    > message that I'm composing. And icons can expand or shrink as we start or
    > stop their applications. So please be specific as to which icons are
    > changing on your screen.
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@grandecom.net
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > Windows Live Mail Version 2011 (Build 15.4.3002.0810)) in Win7 Ultimate
    > x64
    >
    >
    > "Dano" wrote in message news:i4tt0s$uie$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file
    > folder
    > icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I suppose...but does it
    > represent a symptom of something worse to come? New system is just a
    > couple
    > of weeks old.


    Sorry. I have the premium version. As I replied a moment ago...the icons
    are for a couple of applications pinned to the taskbar. GlobeReader (by
    Adobe) and IObit Security 360. They are the only ones that inexplicably
    changed.
     
  6. Stephen Wolstenholme

    Stephen Wolstenholme Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:00:53 -0400, "Dano" <janeanddano@yahoo.com>
    wrote:

    >
    >"R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    >news:veydnQ9ZUNIP4e_RnZ2dnUVZ_tqdnZ2d@posted.grandecom...
    >> Hi, Dano.
    >>
    >> Please always mention WHICH Win7. The Starter Edition and Ultimate x64
    >> are both Win7, and many answers are the same for both of them, but MANY
    >> answers will depend on which version is involved. For example,
    >> Personalization is much more limited for Starter.
    >>
    >> Please tell us WHICH icons are becoming generic - and are you SURE? Some
    >> icons - such as for Windows Explorer - may look like the generic folder
    >> icon at first glance. And some icons are meant to be near-generic; the
    >> WLMail icon could be mistaken for a folder, and the icon right beside it
    >> on my Taskbar at this moment is a near-generic folder icon for this
    >> message that I'm composing. And icons can expand or shrink as we start or
    >> stop their applications. So please be specific as to which icons are
    >> changing on your screen.
    >>
    >> RC
    >> --
    >> R. C. White, CPA
    >> San Marcos, TX
    >> rc@grandecom.net
    >> Microsoft Windows MVP
    >> Windows Live Mail Version 2011 (Build 15.4.3002.0810)) in Win7 Ultimate
    >> x64
    >>
    >>
    >> "Dano" wrote in message news:i4tt0s$uie$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>
    >> Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file
    >> folder
    >> icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I suppose...but does it
    >> represent a symptom of something worse to come? New system is just a
    >> couple
    >> of weeks old.

    >
    >Sorry. I have the premium version. As I replied a moment ago...the icons
    >are for a couple of applications pinned to the taskbar. GlobeReader (by
    >Adobe) and IObit Security 360. They are the only ones that inexplicably
    >changed.


    I have seen that problem in more than one version of Windows 7. It
    does not seem to be version or application related. It was a bit of a
    worry when one of my applications exhibited the problem. It seemed to
    correct itself later. The internal trace of my application did not
    contain any clues. A search on the web reveals that the problem is
    well known along with a few theories of why it happens.

    Steve

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  7. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Dano wrote:
    >
    > "Dave "Crash" Dummy" <invalid@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:gQuco.19845$st2.3762@newsfe09.iad...
    >> Dano wrote:
    >>> Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic
    >>> file folder icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I
    >>> suppose...but does it represent a symptom of something worse to
    >>> come? New system is just a couple of weeks old.

    >>
    >> Which icons for what? Do the icons represent an application or a
    >> folder? Are they "pinned" items or shortcuts in a a toolbar? --
    >> Crash
    >>
    >> "The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion." ~ Arnold H. Glasow
    >> ~

    >
    > They represent applications. Both are pinned. One is for IObit
    > Security 360...the other is GlobeReader (as in the Boston Globe), an
    > Adobe Air application that shows an actual depiction of the
    > newspaper. Both apps are in fine working order. Just no icons. They
    > had worked before the other day. All others are intact.


    1) Right click on Taskbar icon
    2) Right click on Application Name
    3) Left click on Properties
    4) Select Change Icon button
    5a) Browse to the application and select an icon
    5b) If none is available in the application, browse
    to c:/windows\system32\imageres.dll
    or c:/windows\system32\shell32.dll
    and select an icon.

    --
    Crash

    "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."
    ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~
     
  8. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Dano" <janeanddano@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:i4tt0s$uie$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file folder
    > icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I suppose...but does it
    > represent a symptom of something worse to come? New system is just a couple
    > of weeks old.
    >


    You could try right-clicking the Taskbar icon then right-clicking
    the program's name and select Properties.
    Try the Change Icon button to change it back.
    Also deleting your icon cache might help, (it gets re-written on rebooting).
    C:/Users\Your Name\AppData\Local\IconCache.db
    It's a hidden file in a hidden folder, so you'll need to see hidden files:
    Control Panel > View Large icons > Folder Options.
    View tab > Show hidden files, folders and drives.
     
  9. relic

    relic Flightless Bird

    "Dano" <janeanddano@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:i4tt0s$uie$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file
    > folder
    > icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I suppose...but does it
    > represent a symptom of something worse to come? New system is just a
    > couple
    > of weeks old.


    Right click on your taskbar; change "Always combine, hide labels" to
    "Combine when taskbar is full".
     
  10. Dano

    Dano Flightless Bird

    "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    news:eek:8ednW2P35pzCO_RnZ2dnUVZ7tidnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >
    > "Dano" <janeanddano@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:i4tt0s$uie$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic file
    >> folder
    >> icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I suppose...but does it
    >> represent a symptom of something worse to come? New system is just a
    >> couple
    >> of weeks old.

    >
    > You could try right-clicking the Taskbar icon then right-clicking the
    > program's name and select Properties.
    > Try the Change Icon button to change it back.
    > Also deleting your icon cache might help, (it gets re-written on
    > rebooting).
    > C:/Users\Your Name\AppData\Local\IconCache.db
    > It's a hidden file in a hidden folder, so you'll need to see hidden files:
    > Control Panel > View Large icons > Folder Options.
    > View tab > Show hidden files, folders and drives.
    >
    >


    What worked was selecting change icon in the properties and just selecting
    the same icon again. Had to do it a couple of times though. And still
    don't know why. Just another Windows mystery I'll never solve probably.
     
  11. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Dano wrote:
    >
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    > news:eek:8ednW2P35pzCO_RnZ2dnUVZ7tidnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>
    >> "Dano" <janeanddano@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >> news:i4tt0s$uie$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>> Newbie to Windows 7 here. Why are icons changing to the generic
    >>> file folder icon on my task bar. Just a couple. No big deal I
    >>> suppose...but does it represent a symptom of something worse to
    >>> come? New system is just a couple of weeks old.

    >>
    >> You could try right-clicking the Taskbar icon then right-clicking
    >> the program's name and select Properties. Try the Change Icon
    >> button to change it back. Also deleting your icon cache might help,
    >> (it gets re-written on rebooting). C:/Users\Your
    >> Name\AppData\Local\IconCache.db It's a hidden file in a hidden
    >> folder, so you'll need to see hidden files: Control Panel > View
    >> Large icons > Folder Options. View tab > Show hidden files, folders
    >> and drives.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > What worked was selecting change icon in the properties and just
    > selecting the same icon again. Had to do it a couple of times
    > though. And still don't know why. Just another Windows mystery I'll
    > never solve probably.


    You can kick it into action by selecting a different icon then going
    back to the original.
    --
    Crash

    "When you want to fool the world, tell the truth."
    ~ Otto von Bismarck ~
     

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