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How to change the look of the .htm file icon?

  1. #11


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I guess I'll just have to live with it

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  2. #12


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    What does it show for the default icon for htmlfile now from your screenshot in your first post?

    It should be: %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe,-17

    When you merged the .reg files from post #2, did they successfully merge after approving all prompts?
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  3. #13


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    What does it show for the default icon for htmlfile now from your screenshot in your first post?

    It should be: %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe,-17
    Click image for larger version

    I'm thinking, maybe I need double-quotes on it since there's a space there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    When you merged the .reg files from post #2, did they successfully merge after approving all prompts?
    No, it didn't give me any errors.
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  4. #14


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Follow-up


    1. Just tried to re-merge two of your .reg files for .htm and .html from here, did both with administrative privileges.

    2. Then deleted this file (using standard user account that the icon is displayed for):

    C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\IconCache.db

    3. Rebooted computer.

    4. The .htm icon is still blank.
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  5. #15


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Follow-up 2


    Just tried to delete this file:


    Code:
    C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\IconCache.db
    then logged out from my standard user account (DC) and then logged back in. Now the icon looked different:

    Click image for larger version

    but when I double-clicked it, this menu popped up:

    Click image for larger version

    so when I picked IE, the desktop refreshed and the icon was reverted back to an empty look.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    The "blank paper icon" bug seems to be the one constant across all flavors of Windows. When using jump lists and the like if I can't get rid of the blank I give up and set a custom icon.
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  7. #17


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    The "blank paper icon" bug seems to be the one constant across all flavors of Windows. When using jump lists and the like if I can't get rid of the blank I give up and set a custom icon.
    It seems like it. Just curious, how do you set a custom icon? I'd be fine with it.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    If you right click then click Properties, then Customize there should be a button to change the icon. I believe it only changes that particular shortcut though.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by dc2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    What does it show for the default icon for htmlfile now from your screenshot in your first post?

    It should be: %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe,-17
    Click image for larger version

    I'm thinking, maybe I need double-quotes on it since there's a space there?
    No quotes needed.
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