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    Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    G'day All

    The other day I started playing with changing the folder Icon for some of my folders in MyDocs with task specific icons I can more easily recognise and go to more quickly. This works a treat as long as I don't over do it and just change those I regularly use.

    I did this on my desktop. However I copy my Mydocs folder across to my laptop quite regularly so I have all my stuff available at work. But the settings for the folders are not copying across. Any idea where these settings are kept so I can copy them accross without having to re-build them on the laptop?

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    Interesting ...

    What I'm looking for is slightly different.

    You can open up my documents, right click on a folder in there and choose properties - customise - change icon. You can then change the icon for that folder.

    When I then copy all the contents of d:my documents accross to //notebook/my documents - the folder settigns for custom icons are not copied.

    Anyone know where they're stored?

    Ken

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    If I'm reading this correctly, you'll have to go through the icon changing process on your laptop, just like you did it on your desktop to make the icon change on the laptop. I'm pretty sure that icon changes are system specific. Where they are stored I couldn't say. Never really seemed to matter. Like most of the settings in Windows, they are permenent............ until they're not. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Then you have to reset them. <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    Ken--

    1) As it says in the top of the links I gave you above, By default, the target or actual location of the My Documents folder is C ocuments and Settings user name My Documents, where C is the drive in which Windows is installed, and user name is the currently logged-on user. Other useful information including good information on permissions is in these links--take a look.

    2) 3310147: How to Change the Default Location of the My Documents Folder may help.

    3) 236621: Cannot Move or Rename the Documents and Settings Folder may have helpful info.

    4) Change Documents and Settings Location: Windows XP Thread November 22, 2003 May Help: Check Out Links Here

    hth,

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    @#$!%. Thanks. @#$!%.

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    G'day SMBP.

    I did read your post and the links. I'm not concerned with folder locations, but folder customisations - the way the internal view of a file is generated (picture preview, thumbnails etc, and the icon used to display the folder.) See http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthread...ew=&sb=&o=&vc=1 who's got what I'm talking about. The location is not a problem, been using tweakui to move my mydocs, sento, desktop, templates etc. since win98

    Thanks anyway.

    Regards Ken

    P.S. How do you past a link in here so it looks like a link?

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    > P.S. How do you past a link in here so it looks like a link?

    You use the <!t><!/t> and <!t><!/t> tags, see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    Ken--

    Sorry I misread. You want the same folder customizations to go from your PC to your laptop? Would it take that long to do as Doc suggests and just set them up including using in Windows Explorer folders Tools>View>Apply to All Folders on the laptop? I know PC Relocator is usually to go from an old PC to the new one, but could it be used to put your settings on a CD-RW and then load them on the laptop?

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    Ken,
    Didn't mean to upset. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> Only to inform. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    I like the little guy in your anigram. Thought you might like to see him a bit more clearly. Hope you don't mind my taking the liberty. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    G'day Doc
    FIrstly - my apologies to you and other readers if my terse reply the other day came accross grumpy. I was updating at work and was short on time. I certainly did not mean to offend.
    Secondly - In any case you were right - it's the customisations I want to copy, not the folder location as it's stored in the registry.
    Thirldy - Thanks for my picture! I've updated it now - it looks great! I alternate between Asterix and TinTin (with the occaisional Leunig) but you've done a great job on my Asterix!
    Regards Ken

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    Hey SMBP - no sweat - apologies if I came across short.

    Thing is I have about 8 individual folders in My Docs that I use regularly - System Folders, Emirates, Download, Financial, Ken's Docs, Meg's Docs, Lewis' Docs etc. On the desktop, each of them has a different icon - so you open My Docs and very quickly see the folder your looking for amongst the 30 or so icons in there. Inside Emirates is Office Work, Roster, Correspondance, Training, Flight Related and Manuals which I access all the time - amongst another 20 or so icons. [url

    I really find on the desktop that selectively replacing the folder icon on these folders we access regularly works well. But I synchronise the entire MyDocs folder across to my laptop, and these customisations are not copied across. The syncrhonisation is selective, using FileSync http://www.fileware.com/products.htm#FileSync to do it. Once a month or so I delete the entire MyDocs on the laptop and copy across.

    So the question is - where are these customisations stored? Can't be the registry, because when I customise a folder with a icon, then delete the icon, the customisation remains - it must copy the icon somewhere, you can't store pictures in the registry, can you?

    REgards Ken

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    You didn't come across short. When I saw @#$!%. Thanks. @#$!% I thought it meant you had a lot of settings you would have to duplicate manually to customize the way your first machine is in the laptop and it was frustrating. I'm sorry that I don't have a handle on exactly how to make the transfer, thinking you mean you want your folder views a certain way, and some people take advantage of the feature to put pictures on each folder. But unless you've done something like pictures on thousands of folders, you can get the same view applied to all folders with a couple clicks. I like the feature in folders View>Show In Groups because it will head in bold any way you've chosen to organize the views in your folders like an index of a book whether its alphabetical, most recently modified, size, ect.

    The registry doesn't store images but in some cases the keys or values might dictate how an image will appear. I think there may be a way to transfer these--I just don't know it. Someone must. I wasn't trying to be naive suggesting PC Relocator (the Old Aloha Bob) I just thought it might have a way to transfer those files with their settings selectively (a copy) to your laptop or let you copy them to a CD and then pull them off a CD onto your laptop.

    I'm trying to find a way to do this, but I think someone may be able to tell you when they see the thread.

    SMBP

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    I think you will find that DocWatson is right and it will apply only to that account also. So, if you are using more than one account on the same machine do not expect for it to be there when you change user accounts.

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

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    Re: Folder Icons and Other Folder Settings (Windows XP SP1)

    Asterix is from the "Asterix and Obelix" cartoon series by Goscinny and Uderzo, about some people from a small Gaulish village in the time of the Roman Empire. Wildly funny.

    See <A target="_blank" HREF="http://www.asterix.tm.fr">Ast

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