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Weird Icon Naming

  1. #1


    Hong Kong
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    Windows 10 Enterprise x64

    Weird Icon Naming


    I don't know why the name of this icon starts with a small capital letter.

    How to change the icon name "computer" to "Computer"? Thanks.
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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Try right clicking it & Open file location & right click it & click Properties & under the General tab change the name in the box.

    I don't have Computer so the example is for Command Prompt-

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Remember to click Apply & OK after changing the name.
    Restarting may be needed for the new name to stick.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You can also hover the cursor on it & press the Space bar to get the menu to pop up from the bottom of the screen-

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    Hong Kong
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    Windows 10 Enterprise x64


    Thanks but you know, "COMPUTER" is an independent item instead of a shortcut so no such option
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkrojam View Post
    Thanks but you know, "COMPUTER" is an independent item instead of a shortcut so no such option
    Have you tried to rename it---

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  7. #7


    Hong Kong
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    Windows 10 Enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tkrojam View Post
    Thanks but you know, "COMPUTER" is an independent item instead of a shortcut so no such option
    Have you tried to rename it---

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    This one shows "Computer" instead of "computer", weird...
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    Posts : 100
    Windows 8.1, 10, various Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    You can also hover the cursor on it & press the Space bar to get the menu to pop up from the bottom of the screen
    A useful tidbit of info - thanks.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 100
    Windows 8.1, 10, various Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by tkrojam View Post
    I don't know why the name of this icon starts with a small capital letter.

    How to change the icon name "computer" to "Computer"?
    Interestingly, on my PC that particular iconed app is named "This PC" (as is the top-level file explorer node); I have none labeled "Computer" or "computer". I vaguely remember that top-level node being named "My Computer" under some prior version of the OS.

    As such, yours appears (to this not-very-knowledgable Windows user) to be a post-install manual name change, suggesting it can be undone.

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    Post-post addendum: I found numerous places in the registry that have the string "This PC". That suggests the string is set ELSEWHERE like in some type of policy editor, etc. You could look for an exact match on "computer" to see how it appears in your registry with the understanding that "This PC" is an unusual string but "computer" probably isn't.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 100
    Windows 8.1, 10, various Linux


    Okay, found an online source on how to change that name - you would follow the same steps, just mentally substitute "computer" for every mention of "This PC":

    [Tips] Tweak and Customize Windows 8.1 Explorer

    Code:
    Microsoft has changed name of "My Computer" to "This PC"  in Windows 8.1. Although its just a change in name but many people  don't like this new name and they want to rename it back to Computer or  My Computer.
     You can actually rename "This PC" to any desired name quickly and very easily. Just follow these simple steps:
     1. Open "This PC" window and click on "Up" button present in toolbar. Alternatively you can press "Alt+Up arrow" keys together.
     2. It'll open Desktop folder. Now right-click on "This PC" icon and select Rename option. Alternatively you can click on "This PC" icon and press F2 key to rename it.
    
    3. Now type any desired name and press Enter.
     That's it. You have renamed "This PC" successfully.
    I followed these directions up to the point of actually typing in a new name. Since I simply do not trust uSoft or any Windows implementation in situations like this (*), I didn't ACTUALLY change the name though I could have.

    So...YMMV - tread carefully.

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    (*) IMHO, there is NO reason for there to be multiple entries in the registry with the string "This PC" - since I don't trust uSoft to get things like this right, I would fear that one or more of those locations will not change if I follow the above instructions (though they should), causing unknown maybe-future problems. I've been wrong about such fears before.
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