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    Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    In order to save my favicons--Lex is one of the few who has decided he can withstand cleaning Temp. Internet Files and reboots when he wants to-- taking the advice on other threads, I tried to take the steps by searching for my favicon.ico folder--links onFile folder that helps preserve icons and Lex. I don't know where it resides--and if I did I would just go to that folder. I'm guessing maybe Documents and Settings, Programs, Windows, System 32. I did an advanced search after making sure to show all hidden Windows folders, and I come up with nothing. I don't know if this is the intrinsic problem with Search that has generated a few KB's or why, but can anyone tell me where I can find this favicon.ico folder so I can follow the steps to save my favicons.

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    Favorites icons are stored in your browser's cache - there is no specific folder that they are saved in. If you dump the cache you dump the icons too. Creating a shortcut in Internet Explorer is what prompts the icon to download to your cache - and you could extract it from there and assign it to any links that you have saved. Seems like a whole lot of effort for favorites icons, when all you really need to do is right-click on the web page and create the shortcut....along comes the icon for the ride.
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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    Where did you make the folder to store these icons as you were to told?

    <font color=blue>Do NOT post anything but the folder path, we do NOT need 3,000 words to discribe what you think you were doing.</font color=blue> <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15>

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    The short answer is I didn't make the folder because you said, I thought step #1 is to find the favicon.ico folder--and to search for it--that's what I'm trying to do--and make no mistake computer science is like a lot of other areas of science--there are plenty of exceptions to the rule. Lex on my desktop is one. He's survived 200 plus temporary internet file deletions and 50 boots--phenomena that normally will delete the favicon--Lex included. Maybe he's been getting favicon immunization.

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    Dave A.--
    Leif suggested to search for the *.ico folder--and after all is the Lounge Gifmeister. Boolean searches but I'm about to learn a tiny bit more. I did search for favicons.ico though and came up blank. Here's my search--it only yielded short cuts of lounge threads I had saved to learn how to preserve my favicons. But another question is how does one recover the favicons if and I know this happens on Monday they may come File>Send to>Send to Desktop as the favicon and on Tuesday they don't.
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    Post: 36998 re: 36992 from Farmer
    I don't think you will be able to extract icons 'packaged' within DLL's etc.
    There are are few to download here at favicons.
    Otherwise, a search of your system for *.ico may throw up a surprising number...

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    Thanks--I am trying to follow the help I get and I do pay attention to it. I know there are these third party applications and I have a number to work with--I've got to get posting .gifs and .jpegs down first--it's more important--but I'm convinced there are ways to protect these favicons without third party intervention and we have had some interesting threads that provide a mosaic to do it. I'm trying to piece together the mosaic--threads have shown in XP, IE, Pix, and Lounge among others.

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    Mark--Read the beginning of the thread closely. Favorites and Favicons are words that both begin with "F" (Do you remember the character Gilda Radner played Emily Litella on Saturday Night Live? You just became Emily.--but after that they become two different issues entirely. The thread is not about "favorites" it's about preserving favicons--noting that sometimes favicons withstand a deletion of TIF and sometimes they don't. Sometimes favicons will File>Send shortcut to desktop show up with this function; sometimes they won't.
    What has not been clarified to date is how to consistently, forever build a file that will save favicons. I have saved Lex for three weeks by simply creating a new folder on my desktop.
    Boots and TIF deletions haven't mattered since Nov. 9.

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    Defrag,
    As <!post= stated,194490> stated<!/post> before you MUST make your OWN folder into which to save these icons.

    <font color=red>"Make your own "favicons" folder, move or copy the "favicons.ico" to this folder, then right click the link in the "Favorties" listing, select Properties, and then the "Customize" tab and the the "Change Icon" and browse to the folder and file that you just copied or moved. </font color=red>

    I have found that renaming the icons to a name that tells me which one go to which link helps. Also if you use the method to remove the TIF by using the menu "Tools, Internet options" and then the 'Delete files' button, ALL TIF are NOT removed. But if you were to delete the TIF by using Windows Explorer and remove ALL files then they will be gone and NOT appear on the Favorites list.

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    3000 words or more than 35 never crossed my mind. Making every attempt to be brief. You haven't seen any lengthy posts from me in months. Possibly one in on posting images to the lounge, but in Pix, and the percent of people that get into that area and read or post is fractional compared to this one but the help is first rate.
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    I was trying to do precisely what Dave A. posted by in the IE thread and step #1 was to get the favicon.icon folder Dave's instructions here and the links. Dave was very specific on getting the favicon.ico folder and I have searched for it with the full posse (hidden Win folders and advanced/no luck).

    I am trying to understand Mark's post about favicons going to ectopic places, but I have noticed this and would really appreciate in put/Mark/Dave/Leif anyone else. Sometimes favicons will shortcut to the desktop in their full glory; other times the bland "e." I remember the tip about suspenders snapping the iconnete on the name bar and that will at least restore it and then you can drag it to Pin or to the desktop. But here's what happened with Lex. It violates Dave A.'s postulate that cleaning TIF's eradicates the favicon--not all favicons and not always but I learned from that and I understand that is normally the rule. I shortcutted Lex to desktop a week ago. I wanted to have Lex on my start menu in his green lizard suit knowing he might show up on the desktop as an "e." Sometimes he does --sometimes not.

    Everytime I shortcutted--I wanted to reply to Booklady in this icon post so I shortcutted the thread to reply later--what she said was interesting and I didn't fully understand it but it was getting at my problem--preserving favicons.
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    When you save a page to you favorites in IE it should appear. But if you delete the internet temp files it will disapear.
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    I have no doubt this is the rule--Dave A. has years of deep experience I don't have. But Lex showed up--I was happy. Dragged him to Pin to Start. Then to test Dave's Rule I have deleted the temp int. files 200 times over the week. Lex says he ain't goin' nowhere--he's Lex. He has thick skin; chameleon survival instincts. But to insure I keep Lex, I want to follow Dave's directions so I am doing what you told me to do but I got stuck trying to find the first ingredient in your recipe--the favicon.icon folder--hence my post. Yes I could screen grab Lex from the lounge, but I want to learn from Dave's advice and follow it.

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    Do not truly want to make this a long post but part of it is two quotes I want you to see-- just want to put up these two questions:

    I appreciate all the information. I understand that far and away most people probably feel as Mark does--favicons aren't that interesting to try to save. But I enjoy having different icons and they help me to recognize the short cut faster. Sorry Dave--you said it very clearly and I made the mistake of not picking up on it--and I really appreciate your post on this thread above this one--had been told early on to go to Explorer to get this done thoroughly but became afraid then that I would delete the wrong thing--now would be much different. That explains why I still had several Lex icons. Then I associated Booklady's post here, 176556 Ken's thread and tried to reconcile it with Dave's and thought I was being told to make some special folder that I couldn't figure out how to make. I didn't know that using the IE toolbar options was incomplete and am very glad to learn it---for knowing how Windows works since I don't know if going there influences the behavior of the browser--sometimes you can't get into for example certain accounts like an MS passport page or Hotmail and the suggestion comes back from MS to make sure you clear your TIF's and cookies. I'm not sure why why not clearing them may interfere but people say it does. And I have seen it help getting into Hotmail or a passport account and not help. I look forward to trying out Dave's suggestion and appreciate it:
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    "Make your own "favicons" folder, move or copy the "favicons.ico" to this folder, then right click the link in the "Favorties" listing, select Properties, and then the "Customize" tab and the the "Change Icon" and browse to the folder and file that you just copied or moved.
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    I'm still trying to chew on the last part of this Dave--I am used to the customize tab because I use that all the time to draw from folders in the Change Icon dialogue box and those .dll's when you scroll to open them to look for icons stashed that will be permanant--the tip from Woody's book(many of those have icon stashes) that you can use to replace the "e" as well as the folders you can get from further up in the directory or Explorer tree where I believe the pull up at Look In is taking you by clicking "Look In" at the top of that dialogue box. It's the part of that sentence "browse to the folder and file that you just copiedd or moved.".

    I want to run two things by you guys and will ask BookLady what she means as well by this in the thread linked above First her post:
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    " Putting the icons in a seperate folder works best for me. Windows has a Media folder that is where it looks first but it is buried so far down the Explorer tree that I made one at the C: for quicker access.

    "The favicon temps are interesting to explore. I have two I can't remember ever seeing or trace to a program. Enlarging them doesn't give any better detail so they remain a puzzle and will probably disappear next time I clean the tempfiles."
    BookLady at 177656 Pix Place (link above)
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    Second, doo you all know why sometimes a favicon will show up on the desktop-doing File>Send Shortcut to Desktop and sometimes not--Lex is an example from WOPR. I think, but have not tried this for a long enough period to be sure--so far two and a half weeks if you pull the "e" from the IE namebar on a Lounge web page you will get Lex every time.

    The New York Times favicon (which I really like with it's big Plagwitz"]http://www.myfonts.com/Search?searchtype=n...ion=1">Plagwitz "T"[/url] used to come to the desktop consistently when shortcutted without fail. It hasn't done this for a couple months at all. What has stopped it?
    I know know one is sitting with the icon designer for them, but it doesn't seem they would just stop deploying it. I want to ask them unless somebody can tell me a reason--not as Mark puts it into perspective, because Favicons might be all that important in the scheme of things to get down with Windows or OS 10.1 plus if you were using it, but just because it is both fun and useful to understand the behavior of these things, where they go, and why.

    Thanks for the clarifications everybody, I know there has to be some reason for the inconsistencies in the dragging and recovering Lex vs. dragging and not recovering other sites namebar "e's" to favicons on the desktop--(I need to try this on a bunch of different sites) and the erratic "Send Shortcut to Desktop" behavior.

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    You are using the desktop, we have NEVER give any instructions to save anything about favicons to the desktop. It was NOT designed to be used on the desktop.

    They MUST be saved in a FOLDER not the desktop, and the links in your "Favorites" listing must be updated to show where the new copy of the icon is located.

    The favicons are NOT stored in any dll except, for the default one (big blue e).
    You need to read the instructions given and follow them, if you want help.
    It is time to put this to bed.

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    Re: Search Comp. can't find favicon.ico folder (Win XP Pro)

    Believe me I read them; believe me I try--will put this to bed and keep trying. As you know, profoundly useful stuff is in your experience and gets translated to the lounge that many of us will often not find searching the web or in a book.

    Thanks for all your time,

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