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    Special Objects on the Desktop

    OK, here goes my first post. Can anyone explain to me, what type of object the Internet Explorer icon is that resides on the desktop? I know it isn't the typical shortcut just by trying to look at it's properties. Is it a system file of some kind? I also wonder the same thing about the Microsoft Outlook icon. Is there any way to automate changing the names of these two icons, short of right click - rename (ie. via a batch file)? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Special Objects on the Desktop

    The two icons you mentioned, along with a few ofthers, are hard-wired into the Windows shell by means of a CLSID in the Windows registry. Going into too much detail on exactly how the plumbing works can make you feel <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>. It's not a system file, really, so much as it is an icon on steroids. It's "hooked" into special properties via changes made in the Windows registry.

    Ostensibly you could automate it using an exported registry file but I don't believe there's any easy way to automate the renaming of these icons.
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    Re: Special Objects on the Desktop

    Thanks for your quick response. I had a bad feeling that what you said was going to be the case.

    Now I have another question, <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> . You mentioned that I could possibly automate it by an exported registry file. Any idea where these two in particular reside in the registry? My task is to rename these two icons on about 30 machines, and I don't have a lot of time to get it done. If this is a bad idea, please say so. I will do it the old fashioned way, sweat and tears!

    Thanks again.
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    Re: Special Objects on the Desktop

    Bad idea? I don't know, never tried to do it myself. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    I found Internet Explorer's icon text at this registry location on my Windows 2000 desktop:
    <font color=6495ed>HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWin dowsCurrentVersionExplorerCLSID{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}</font color=6495ed>
    Outlook/inbox lives here:
    <font color=6495ed>HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWin dowsCurrentVersionExplorerCLSID{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}</font color=6495ed>

    Anything that appears at the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerCLSID and has a value will be a special icon on the desktop, whose text can be customized. For your reference, I used Regmon from Sysinternals to track down those values.

    To change the name for any of these hard-wired icons, you must first find the CLSID for the icon. That's the squirrelly looking string in curly brackets above. At the registry location for "Current User" (and this should apply to .default as well, for any new users that log in) change the value in Default to the text string you wish to display. The problem that you may run into is that these values could be unique for each user. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15> Try it and let me know if it works!
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    Re: Special Objects on the Desktop

    Going the simple route, at least for the Internet Explorer "shortcut", couldn't TweakUI be used to remove the exixting shortcut and then manually create a new "true" shortcut and then rename that ?? I don't use Outlook so I'm not sure if TweakUI would remove that "shortcut" from the desktop.
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    Re: Special Objects on the Desktop

    Hi
    You might like to know that these 'special' files can have any or all of the forbidden characters in their names, including Tab, which comes out as a space.
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    Re: Special Objects on the Desktop

    TweakUI will remove the special icons, yes - but automating the process with it would prove difficult. TweakUI is looking at the same registry location that I noted previously and parses the data it finds there to produce the list of "special" icons.
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    Re: Special Objects on the Desktop

    Edited by <font color=red>WyllyWylly</font color=red> to add URL code. See the Quick Guide. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Kevin:

    I'm not *positive*, but have you checked out X-Setup (http://www.xteq.com/downloads/)? I know it has a facility to rename the 98SE desktop icons (I use this one) and it probably accommodates 2000 as well

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    Re: Special Objects on the Desktop

    Thanks for the info. I will keep it in mind.

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