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How Do I Change Desktop Icon Appearance, Not Size Nor Text

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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    How Do I Change Desktop Icon Appearance, Not Size Nor Text


    Hi, This is my first post. I recently was given a new Dell 15R touchscreen computer and it was upgraded to Windows 8.1. I've only used Windows XP up until 3 days ago. I am a novice user.

    I liked the way the desktop icons looked in XP, the shortcuts for Netflix and Ikea were a nice big red box with an N in it for Netflix, a yellow and blue box for Ikea . They were medium sized, about 1/2" big, but I could recognize them easily and quickly because of the individual graphics.

    Now with Windows 8.1, the shortcut icons are a 1/2" white square and a very teeny tiny logo in the center that I can barely see and have confused with other similar icons. I have found where to change the icon size and text size but not the icon appearance. Where would I find this? I have right clicked on the desktop, I've looked in the control panel, I've checked display.

    8.1 is a heck of a learning curve for me and I am enjoying learning the new system but I would like to be able to quickly and easily see what I put on my desktop.

    Thank you for any and all help. I appreciate it.

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    India
    Posts : 1,034
    Windows 7 x64/ Windows 8.1 x64


    Hi Giselle, Welcome to 8 forums.

    This link might be able to help you. Changing the Visual Appearance of Windows 8 | HP® Support
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Thank You.
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    India
    Posts : 1,034
    Windows 7 x64/ Windows 8.1 x64


    So, were you able to fix the issue?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by archer View Post
    So, were you able to fix the issue?
    Hi, No I haven't fixed the issue, but now I'm not sure that it is fixable. I went to the website Archer recommended, while it was a help for other issues it hasn't helped me resolve this particular issue. I

    've worked with my new computer and 8.1 these last few days, other new shortcut icons created have either a small graphic or a larger graphic within a "white page" and some are just the graphic itself, nice and big. Also, the shortcuts that were transferred over from my old XP computer have a big "e" instead of the original graphic that was placed on the desktop when created.

    I bought the book Windows 8.1 for Dummies and have yet to find any answer to my question there.

    Thanks.
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