Custom icon on network folder

Posted on 2007-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a lot of folders on the company server. To make it more easy to navigate I'd like to set different colors to the folder icons. I'm not able to install any new software on the computer (som all freeware I've found is out of the question).

Now; how can I change the icon? I've managed to change Icon's on c: drive (both using Customize->Change Icon and editing the desktop.ini file by hand). Problem is that I'm not able to do this on folders that are stored on the company server. The Change Icon button is not available, and nothing happens when I put a desktop.ini in the folders.

Help would be appreciated, Arild.
Question by:arildj78
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    2 ways to do this.

    Easiest... log on to the server and modifiy the icons LOCALLY. When the users browse to the share, they will see the new icons.


    Create a shortcut to the folder and drop it to the user's desktop.  Then you can change the icon for that shortcut.

    - Brugh

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    Problem with solution 1: There is about 7-8000 users on the system. Don't think the sysadmins will let me log directly on to the server.

    Problem with solution 2: The reason for changing colors on the folders is to make some kind of system so that all users on my branch can find their way through littarly 100's of folders. It's not practical to make a new "directory tree" with shortcuts to the original.

    Are there any other way? Is there something I can do to get desktop.ini to work? Can folder.htt do something for me? Can any of the freeware apps do this (if I were able to install them?)

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    I found one piece of software which claims to be able to solve my problem (well: I will need to install it and that is a problem in itself)

    Among key features there is one point stating:
    * Folder Marker Pro can change the Network folder icon. So you can customize your LAN

    Since this piece of software can do this for me, I suspect that there is a way I can do this manualy ?

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    EUREKA :)
    Found the solution myself. This can be done by making a desktop.ini file with reference to some icon file. After this all that need to be done is to change the attributes of the folder to be read-only. The only way I could do this was with the attrib.exe command in a dos prompt. (right clicking -> properties -> ReadOnly did not set the attribute).

    If you don't have dos-prompt available (due to security settings), the folder can be made on your home computer and then copied to the system where you will use it.

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