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    Icon Cache

    Hi all:

    I have a user that was having difficulties opening .pdf files. Somehow, the file association had gotten mixed up to Word, so of course she was getting gobbledygook (that's the technical term) when she opened .pdf's on her hard drive or on the web. I was able to fix the file association by right-clicking and using the "Change..." dialog easily enough. Now, the .pdf icon in her folders shows as a WordArt file or something to that effect - at least it's clearly not the .pdf icon.

    I followed Leif's advice in this post to delete the shelliconcache file from the command line. It seemed to go fine, but when the user logged back in, the same with the icon was there. Near as I can tell, that's the only one with the problem.

    Am I going to have to delve into the registry here? <img src=/S/cauldron.gif border=0 alt=cauldron width=20 height=20> Suggestions are welcome.

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    Re: Icon Cache

    Hi Keely,

    If the wrong icon is associated with the program clearing the icon cache will not fix it. That would apply only if the icon cache was corrupted. I presume that all icons for this file type are incorrect....?

    Open Windows Explorer, click on Tools -- Folder Options and then click on the File Types tab. Find the .pdf extension (you can press the letter "p" to jump down in the list quickly). If the wrong icon is shown in the dialog box, click on the Advanced button and then Change Icon. The icon for PDF files is stored in the Acroread executable. Hope that helps!
    -Mark

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