IE7 Hijacked my Icons!

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by cpiad, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. cpiad

    cpiad Guest

    When I installed IE7 it hijacked all of my web icons. Now, IE7 will not
    allow me to change web icons back to my original changes. Does anyone know
    how to change URL/Web icons in IE7? Is this a major glitch or what?
    cpiad, Oct 16, 2006
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    Rob ^_^ Guest

    Hi Cpaid, (or is that supposed to be enciphid?)

    Favicons is on the IE7 issues list.. see the IE7 blog (in your rss favorites

    Here's the current workaround - Right click on the favorite that you want to
    change the icon to display the drop-down menu, select Properties to display
    the Properties dialog. There you will find on the Web Document tab the
    Change Icon button. Click it and select the icon you want for the shortcut
    from your hard disk. Select the General tab and check the "Read-only" file
    attribute checkbox. Save your changes.

    To change a favorite icon back to a web site icon -

    First add notepad to your Send to folder (too complicated to describe here)
    so that Notepad appears as an option in the Send To menus.

    Ok... Select a favorite and right-click on a favorite to display the
    drop-down menu. Select the Send to>Notepad option. This will open the
    favorite file (.url) in notepad.
    Change the values for IconFile and IconIndex

    Save your changes by selecting the File>Save menu from notepad. (You may
    have to change the file to read-write (uncheck read-only in the properties
    dialog) before saving the file.

    Rob ^_^, Oct 16, 2006
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    drbotto Guest

    I was using large icon size on my desktop from the time I started using IE.
    I read this post and decided to change to small icon size and my icons
    changed to what I tried to make them last and the icons i now create pick up
    the graphic of the website I am making a shortcut to! Never did that before
    either. It's great except I really would like to use large icons on my
    desktop if Microsoft has a solution at hand.
    drbotto, Oct 24, 2006
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    Tim Guest

    OK, obviously there is a bug here and Microsoft hasn't resolved it in many
    months, but I have come up with my own way of getting my Icons to show up in
    the Links Toolbar.

    First, create a folder on your hard drive to store you links. Put it
    someplace where you generally won't see it or won't delete it on accident.
    Copy all your links from your Links Toolbar in IE7 to that folder by dragging
    them to the folder. For the next step, you will need to enable the option to
    show extensions for known filetypes. That's done in Folder Options. Now, on
    your desktop, create a new text document. Rename its extension to an
    extension that your computer won't recognize (I used .ggg). When it asks
    "Are you sure?" Confirm by clicking "Yes"

    Right click on your .ggg text document and drag to another location on the
    desktop and release the right-mouse button. From the menu, select Create
    Shortcut Here.

    Now Right-Click on the shortcut that was just created and click Properties.

    In the Target field, enter the path and filename of one of your Links (eg.
    "C:\Links\My Link.url") Be sure that it is surrounded in quotations and that
    the extension ".url" is used. You can change the Start In path to match, but
    it's not necessary, as long as Target is correct. Now hit the Change Icon...
    button and select the icon you want from the list or browse for a custom icon.

    Now click OK to accept the changes on your shortcut. Rename the shortcut to
    the name of your link (Note: you don't need to include ".url" this time).

    Finally, drag the new shortcut to your Links Toolbar in IE7 and Viola!!!
    You should have a fully functional link with your custom icon proudly on

    Any Questions?
    Tim, Feb 1, 2007
  5. The URLs that appear in your Links bar are in the links folder of your
    favorites, You can set the icons for any of them in the usual way (Windows
    explorer, go to My Favorites folder, open the links folder, change the icon
    of the URLs).
    Jean Rosenfeld, Feb 2, 2007
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    Tim Guest

    True, but that only works if you have Large-Icons Disabled in your Display
    Properties/Appearance/Effects settings, or if your Icon Size in Display
    Properties/Appearance/Advanced is set to a numerical value of 48 or less. I
    like to have my icon size set to 64 with custom icons in place of the default
    ones for a nice prestine look and style, but when I have it set that high,
    IE7 and Explorer shows an odd icon for URL Shortcuts and no matter what you
    do, you can not change the icon of the URL Shortcut itself. It's a bug that
    only occurs in IE7. Previous versions of IE don't suffer from this bug.
    Change your Icon Size and you will see what I mean.
    Tim, Feb 2, 2007
  7. I don't use large icons, so never tried it before. However I just treied
    now, setting to large icons in Display Properties/Appearance/Effects
    settings, then in Windows Explorer\ My Favorites changed an icon for one of
    the URLs I have in the links folder. It showsup in IE links toolbar with the
    icon I selected.
    Jean Rosenfeld, Feb 2, 2007
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    Tim Guest

    If it shows the proper icon in the Links toolbar, then you must be lucky. I
    have two different computers, a laptop and a desktop. Both with XP and IE 7
    and both suffer from IE7's icon bug. If I revert back to IE6, then the issue
    goes away, but I also forfiet any current security elements that IE7 has vs
    IE6 along with all the other new features that it has.

    If you search for Icon in this forum, you will see many people have
    complained about the issue and that it's a common problem.

    -- Tim
    Tim, Feb 2, 2007
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    steve Guest

    I too must be lucky. The icons show in the links bar, but they still do not
    show on the desktop.
    steve, Dec 15, 2007
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    c627627 Guest

    Are we going into IE 8 and carrying over this bug which still has not been
    c627627, Feb 1, 2009
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    Don Varnau Guest

    Which icons were hijacked?
    Which version of Windows? (Including SP level- SP1,SP2,etc.)

    926715- Icons that are associated with the current version of Internet
    Explorer are incorrect:

    930426- The default system icon is displayed for Internet shortcut files
    when you use IE7:

    It's been reported that IE7 can cause icon problems if your desktop icon
    size is larger than about 46. Try a smaller size.

    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Feb 1, 2009
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    c627627 Guest

    Thank you for replying, my OS is Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 + updates as of
    Feb 1, 2009. I have read all links you provided in detail. On my Vista SP1 +
    updates system:

    1. Size of icons does not appear to be the issue, as some of the icons not
    showing are as small as 16 and none are larger than the 48x48 XP size.

    2. As I have a dual boot XP-IE6 / Vista-IE7 which share the same Favorites
    folder, I am able to see under XP-IE6 that some custom icons have been reset
    by IE7 completely.

    3. Some icons are only affected when using Windows Explorer to view the
    Favorites folder. They do not show up there whereas they do show up under IE7

    As I recall, this issue was registered as a bug when IE7 was released, so it
    appears it has not been fixed to this day.
    c627627, Feb 1, 2009
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    Don Varnau Guest

    I'm not sure there's a fix for this (at the user's end) since IE7 handles
    Favicons differently
    (and usually better) than IE6.

    [MS MVP- IE]

    - - -
    Don Varnau, Feb 2, 2009

  14. Don,

    Do you have Vista? Perhaps there is a problem with its High/Low
    "feechur"? E.g. where would the favicons then go High/Low/both? <eg>
    Also, is that NTFS stream in the Favorites directory used for anything
    yet? I have given up asking for implementation details to assist diagnosis.
    I still think that using FileMon to filter out all writes with fav in them
    should help. E.g. that's how I first found out about the NTFS stream
    quirk. Unfortunately, FileMon doesn't work on Vista so you would have
    to figure out how to do a similar trace using ProcMon. ; )


    Robert Aldwinckle, Feb 2, 2009
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    c627627 Guest

    If we may stay there a bit so that I could get to share that opinion. But
    1. This is not OS issue but an IE7 issue as it can be replicated on IE7 even
    if it's not under Vista.
    2. If that is established, I am interested in finding out how does IE7 work
    with custom icons that are store on our computers not picked up from web site
    favicon.ico files?

    I mean whenever you try to right click on a web shortcut > Properties >
    Change icon... > you're supposed to be able to set custom icons. So why then
    does IE 7 always & only give %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll as the custom
    icon instead of custom icons stored on our systems.

    Does Internet Explorer have the ability to use custom icons *stored on our
    computers*, as this is what many of us are asking about.
    c627627, Feb 3, 2009
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    c627627 Guest

    What is the procedure to ask Microsoft to give us the ability to use regular
    custom icons that are stored on our computers.

    The feature is obviously there but is broken or at best 'limited' on the
    current IE7 and IE8 builds, regardless of the operating system.

    What's worse is there doesn't seem to be a rule as to why some custom
    Favorites icons are displayed correctly and some are not, size has nothing to
    do with it for sure.
    c627627, Feb 3, 2009

  17. Have you tried clicking *Browse* & then go to where you stored your custom icons?

    Gary Brandenburg, Feb 4, 2009
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    c627627 Guest

    Of course, and they can be chosen that way before they disappear.

    The point is, when you do that with IE6, custom icons for your web links
    show up immediately whereas under IE7, %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll
    always shows up even after you browsing and setting your custom icon like
    you're suggesting

    IE7 custom icon process is there, but is broken, IE7 not only does not
    handle custom icons stored on user's computers better, it doesn't handle them
    at all in many cases, and size of the icons has nothing to do with this still
    unresolved broken feature.
    c627627, Feb 4, 2009

  19. That's the same as when you go to change an icon for an entry on the start menu, or
    in Program Files, because I go through them & change them to the icon for the program
    itself. (I just don't like the "generic" folder icons for each item)
    It brings up the same location-%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll as the starting
    point & I have to browse to the location of the program to get the icon that the
    program uses. (not sure what you mean by "before they disappear")
    I've just come to accept it as a way of life & move on from there, since I'm so anal
    about *customizing my machine to my liking.

    I'm not familiar with IE6 in this matter, since I moved on from that browser when it
    was replaced by IE7, a couple of years ago.
    IE7 does a pretty good job with using the embedded favicons of that particular site,
    when there is one. Major Geeks, Wachovia, & most of the other favorites
    on my PC all come with their own specific favicon, once you've visited the site, so I
    don't have to assign many icons for my favorites, in IE7. (only for the subfolders
    that I create)

    I'm sorry if I'm not understanding what you're saying. Is it that they're not staying
    customized & revert back to the default "e" after you change them?

    Gary Brandenburg, Feb 5, 2009
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    c627627 Guest

    I am saying that
    1. This is about custom icons *stored on the computer.*
    2. It sometimes works but when it does not:
    When you browse to the icon stored on the computer, it shows up under IE7 >
    Favorites but *not* when you go to your Favorites folder in Windows.
    3. Even when they do show up, some of them after a while get replaced with
    the generic "e" icon.
    4. Rebuilding Vista cache makes some of them show up again but others

    The best way to prove that this is IE7 related is to install it under
    Windows XP. It immediately messes up custom icons, just like it does under
    Windows Vista but this is not OS related, it is IE7 interfering with the
    custom icons of web links.
    c627627, Feb 5, 2009
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