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Huge icon at pointer during drag and drop (Explorer)

  1. #31


    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    Seems like an ongoing question with no solution, found some old topics, like this Disable Large Icon when Drag/Drop Files to New Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Technically, when an item gets moved it seems the generated moveable icon equals a 'Large icon' in Explorer's view menu. Now, how to change that into 'Small icon'... While waiting for someone to come up with some genial regedit hack, maybe it's worth investigating why the transparency is missing on your pc, would solve most of the practical side of the annoyance.

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  2. #32


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Since the OP can't remember what he did to cause this problem, a refresh or restore would quickly fix it.

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  3. #33


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Should do a DISM first though - SHow him how David, I gotta take off, band practice.
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  4. #34


    I must admit, Philip, that I had only read, in your OP, the reference to the File explorer. Now that the transparency issue has emerged, the goalposts have moved, for me. I only use the built in File explorer, and my icon is, and has always been, very transparent. It is a nuisance but, now finally, I can see you have a big problem with a solid one. Since my last post, I have looked through every available setting, to try and make mine solid, without success.

    I did find out one thing, which could be related.

    In the Control Panel - System- advanced system settings - Advanced - Performance.
    There is a setting "Show translucent selection rectangle"
    On my settings, I have always had this UNTticked. Ticking it, for some odd reason, made the icon under discussion, even more transparent.

    As David says, if there is something you have wrongly customised, a restore or refresh will possible sort it for you.

    The last suggestion:
    run the following command (As Admin):

    Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Scanhealth

    It takes quite a while, and will, at the end, the result of the scan. If it has found something corrupt, then run the following command to repair it.

    Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
    Last edited by davehc; 23 Nov 2013 at 05:53.
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  5. #35


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks indeed for the time taken in checking out this issue. I've just done the dism.exe scan, and it reports no problems. I also tried that 'translucent selection rectangle' option, and it makes no difference. As far as I know I'm not in aero mode, and I definitely have taskbar transparency turned off. I just tried enabling it with the little Opaque Taskbar for Windows 8 utility, but that makes no difference to the Explorer drag thumbnail.

    I certainly have no plans to do a 'restore' or 'refresh' anytime soon, as that would mean having to reinstall all my software again - a big and stressful task. MS made it sound as though a refresh would keep one's installed programs, but I found out the hard way that it doesn't. It keeps only one's personal files and settings. As far as I can tell anyway, the issue became really bad (I suppose opaque drag thumbnail) upon my 'upgrading' from Win8 to 8.1, and I don't see myself downgrading to 8.0 again just for that one issue (which might well not be fixed anyway by that big upheaval).

    Maybe I'd better experiment with other file managers to see if any show something better than that obstructive thumbnail when dragging - though I think it would be difficult to find anything that matches FreeCommander for my purposes otherwise.
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  6. #36


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    A lot of people have had multiple issues, not like yous,. but all kinds - when Updating from 8 to 8.1 through the Store - I don't know how to explain it, but the evidence is all through these forums.

    MS made it sound as though a refresh would keep one's installed programs, but I found out the hard way that it doesn't. It keeps only one's personal files and settings.
    And in some cases, it does not even keep your personal data and settings. You have to read their fine print well- ALL installed Programs will vanish. IN Windows 8, the Tile Apps are supposed to stay, I don't know if this is the case in 8.1

    The issue may be only in Windows 8.1 - I'm in 8, and I have the transparent Icon. If you cant get Aero back on, your Video Driver may not be Aero-Compatible. Usually, when there is an Aero issue, it will tell you the moment you open "Personalization" - It will say, right underneath "Wallpapers" - "Troubleshoot for Aero Problems"

    Also, with the Opaque Icon - You can still work with that, you have to see what it says on the icon while dragging it, it will either say "Copy to ___" or it will say "Open With ____" in which case you have to move it around until it says "Copy To ___" with your Target Folder in "_____"
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  7. #37


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Thank you for further response. Yes, actually I'd noticed and then pretty well forgotten those actually helpful textual indications of where one's drag is currently pointing to, and what file operation is about to be performed. As you intimate, actually the situation isn't as bad as I was imagining - though I still want to be clear of those large thumbnail size icons at the mouse pointer while dragging - even though that may be only because they are so flaming distracting and completely unnecessary.
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  8. #38


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Eureka! - Well, actually half a "Eureka!" No, I haven't progressed with regard to what happens in Windows Explorer, BUT I have solved it in FreeCommander. Belatedly I perused the FreeCommander Forum, in the Beta Discussion, and found a thread relating to this very issue (i.e. with regard to FreeCommander and not Windows Explorer), and it turns out that FC actually has a setting that gets rid of that horrible thumbnail icon. The setting is in the big Settings menu > File / folder operations > Drag&Drop tab > Use blocking transfer. Disable that option and the big drag icon is gone from FC.
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  9. #39


    Have a look at explorer++ (64Bit, if that is yr preference), Philip. You cannot be disappointed!

    Explorer++ - A small and fast file manager for Windows
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  10. #40


    Exeter, UK
    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Thank you for the suggestion, Davehc, though at the moment I see no reason to be using an additional third-party file manager (i.e. as well as FreeCommander), unless it would be a complete replacement for Windows Explorer. In my experience so far, Windows Explorer is sometimes needed in addition to one's regular third-party file manager - which is the only reason why I use it at all - and I assume that it is actually more limited Explorer windows that come up as file Open or Save / Save as... dialogs in applications. I'll have a brief look at Explorer++ anyway, just so I know what potential it has, for future reference.

    Edit:
    I've now given the program a test run, and actually found it considerably wanting and short on configuration options. Although it doesn't show the horrible obstructive big icon when dragging, it actually gives very little indication of what will happen when you drop a dragged item, and I couldn't get it to drop a file on a relevant program. I see it as in some respects deficient compared with Explorer, even though, yes, it does have some additional features. I'm kicking it off my system. :-)
    Last edited by Philip Goddard; 24 Nov 2013 at 06:59.
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