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Problems with Invisible Icon

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    Problems with Invisible Icon


    Hello, I am having problems after restarting my computer when I create an invisible icon, the icon turns black and Idk how to fix.

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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Josh,

    Yeah, I find that Windows 8 adds that black to larger transparent icons like that for some reason. Transparent icons work best with smaller sized (16x16) .ico files instead. If you like, I uploaded a transparent 16x16 .ico file in a ZIP below that you might see how it works for you instead.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Josh,

    Yeah, I find that Windows 8 adds that black to larger transparent icons like that for some reason. Transparent icons work best with smaller sized (16x16) .ico files instead. If you like, I uploaded a transparent 16x16 .ico file in a ZIP below that you might see how it works for you instead.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    It seemed like it was working, but after restarting my pc it turned black again Screenshot by Lightshot
    I'm starting to think it might not be fixable.
    Thanks
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hmm, ok.

    As a test, change the icon of the shortcut to use one of the blank icons in shell32.dll to see how it works.

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    I am still having the same problem, can't find a solution anywhere
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    I must admit that I'm at a loss as well.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    This is a weird issue but I never tried full transparent icons.

    Maybe something guarantees visibility, if icons are not allowed to be fully transparent...

    Try this one too: one icon treated as normal, containing 256x256-32bit, 64x64-32bit, 48x48 ->32x32 -> 16x16-32bit+8bit+4bit layers just like a normal icon in Vista/7/8.
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    The same problem continues to exist. After reboot it turns back black. Screenshot by Lightshot
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Here you go Josh:

    It should stay the same way after reboot
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    Last edited by Brink; 11 Oct 2013 at 11:35. Reason: uploaded directly instead
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog7 View Post
    Here you go Josh:

    It should stay the same way after reboot
    It's not 100% invisible Screenshot by Lightshot
    but it's the only semi-fix anyone has suggested yet, thanks
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