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    Can i change the colour of the "text" under the icons from white to black, on XP? Anyone? Ta.

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    Re: icons

    Which icons? Is this on your desktop??

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    Re: icons

    ... in the root called ....?
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    Re: icons

    The yellow does NOT show on my lounge skin either, just select it and you will find it is "desktop.ini".

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: icons

    Just about invisible in Desert skin, but at least I've found a good reason for "Quick Skin Switch". <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: icons

    Sure:

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    1. For an 'ordinary' folder this is controlled by a small, possibly hidden file, in the root called desktop.ini . This is also used to decide what background your icon area has. (To change the side panel you need to make changes in another file called folder.htt).

    2. To make sure you can see this, go to ToolsFolder OptionsView and check 'Show hidden files and folders'.


    3. Click desktop.ini and you should see a line towards the bottom :

    IconArea_Text = 0x00000000 (white) or 0x00FFFFFF (black)

    Edit as required. For colours in between you can change ONLY the last 6 digits to anything in the hexadecimal range.

    4. To see how RGB colours translate in to Hex digits, try HTMLcolor (#5 from my website).

    5. If you can't seem to get things to change, go to ViewCustomize This FolderUse Existing Template. If the last option is not there, it probably means you have an empty desktop.ini file. Copy a full desktop.ini from another folder and edit it to give you the effect you want.

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    If it is the text under the icons on your desktop, rclick a blank part, choose Properties/Advanced then scroll down Item until you reach Icon. However, though you can change the typeface, you can't change the color from there.

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    Re: icons

    Oops. Sorry guys. Forgot not everybody uses the Steel skin. Have removed anything remotely resembling yellow text. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
    Actually, I get exactly the same problem with my skin when somebody formats text in blue....

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    Re: icons

    <font color=blue>Who would use blue</font color=blue><font color=red>?</font color=red>

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    Re: icons

    I got as far as "show hidden folders", but can't see desktop ini anywhere...

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    Re: icons

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Eileen on 29-Aug-02 20:55. To get rid of the red .)</P>Go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default....ding/custom.asp

    Customizing Folders with Desktop.ini
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    File system folders are commonly displayed with a standard icon and set of properties, which specify, for instance, whether or not the folder is shared. You can customize the appearance and behavior of an individual folder in two ways:

    Create a Desktop.ini file for the folder
    Create a Folder.htt template for the folder
    Folders can be displayed in either Classic or Web style. For a detailed discussion of these styles, see Web View. The Desktop.ini file, discussed here, applies to both styles. It allows you to assign a custom icon to a folder and control its behavior in a limited way.

    To customize the folder's style beyond what is possible with the Desktop.ini file, you must create a custom Folder.htt template for the folder. This file will only affect the appearance of the folder when the Web style is selected. If this template is not present in the folder, the Shell uses a default template. For further discussion of .htt templates, see The Web View Template.

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    Re: icons

    Diane--
    You might also find this site helpful with an essentially free download that allows you to modify a number of icon related items including background color including transparency,
    icon text color (many), hide icons, minimize all windows at once, ect.
    Iconoid 3.0 is an Icon Manager from Sillysot Software (that's their name) you might find useful, quick 'n easy. Also try Axialis Icon Workshop 5.0 which will allow you to make a number of the modifications you're looking for and more easily.

    Also, there are several files that store icons in XP, and you don't have to buy an icon manager like Microangelo. I was alerted to this by Woody's book Windows XP All in One Desk Reference.

    Many sites have interesting icons when you shortcut them to the desktop only to be replaced by the boring, generic <font color=blue>"e"</font color=blue> when you reboot or the desktop is refreshed. The XP Tips and Tricks books have a regedit for increasing "icon cashe" but I have tried it several times and it never holds them.
    If you right click the icon>properties>change icon(the wording varies here depending on the file)>browse, you can browse the System 32 Folder, the Windows Folder, and the Downloads folder for icon files where several hundred icons are available that you can exchange for the icon on your desktop (and easily revert back to the default if you want).
    I find this useful for classifying folders and having the icons have some relation to the subject rather than just being stuck with the <font color=blue> "e"</font color=blue>.

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    Re: IE icons

    In reference to IE web site shortcut icons by replaced by the boring, generic <font color=blue>"e"</font color=blue> between sessions, there's a cool FREE utility called FavOrg available from PC Magazine that will make these socalled Favicons "persistent" so they don't vanish between IE sessions. If interested check out this link:

    PC Magazine FavOrg Download

    The free download includes the program's source C++ code which I'm sure you will find to be of interest....

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    Re: IE icons

    Actually already featured here in the Software Forum - but a reminder of it for newcomers will not go amiss, it's a neat prog.

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    Re: IE icons

    Mark D and Lief--

    Thanks much for the article --really appreciate this info on icons--have been really curious why they won't stay. I have been looking for a way to make icons persist and have seen the term favicons--increasing icon cache in the registry by renaming a string MaxCachedIcons and upping the value several multiples of 2084 has not helped save the icons.
    Will this download be OK with XP?--is anyone using it with XP?-- because I have been burned on some recent downloads that include ME or 2000 but not XP, "Canary" and "Worm Guard" were two I forgot to check and caused instability and were tough to remove--particularly "Canary" since it hid multiple files all over the Registry and coded their names to have nothing to do with Canary--it is a keystroke follower to see where others on the machine have been surfing and its many files were code named and scattered to make it a real challenge to remove (Canary).
    __________________________________________________ _________________________
    [b]Download Now: favorg.zip
    Platforms: Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher and Windows 9x, NT, 2000, or Me[b]
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    Thanks,

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    Re: icons

    To Defrag. Thank's for he info - it's the furthest i've got yet! BUT, iconoids has installed in a zip file, and i dont know how to get it up an running...would you mind going through it step-by- step for me???? Ta, Diane.

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