I have dozens of desktop icons that help me in may day-to-day operations. For the sites I visit quite often I right click on the webpage and then create a shortcut to my desktop because it's easier and more efficient for me rather than adding to my favorites. I have stopped deleting all my cookies and only select the ones I know are relevant that save me time, but I do clean my system daily with CCleaner and delete my Temp IE files - I have a folder that I set up where I save all my unique website icons so that when I clean the temp files and it changes to the default IE icon, I then go to it ands change the icon back to the original icon by selecting it from my new unique icon folder (I keep it on my desktop too)
That was my background for my question. Lately, even for those shortcut icons that I re saved to my icon folder, and even new icons almost all of them (not all of them (??) revert to the ugly icon that is NOT the Blue IE Icon, but it reverts to the white sheet with an explorer window in it which is used in lots of file types. I want to see how I can set my default icon to the Blue E on a white page rather than the other. Lately (in the past week or so) when I click on properties of an icon to change it and then click on change icon, it takes me here: to this path: %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll (with the ugly icon highlighted in the box below) and a bunch of other windows icons, but the Blue IE on a White Page Icon is NOT in that list of icons. However, if I go to the properties of a Blue E on White Paper shortcut and click on change Icon, I see that it has this path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\url.dll with only three other icons below (the newspaper, an envelope and paper and the defrag icon) -
SO... I need to know how to get my shortcuts to use (consistently) either my Icon selected from my Saved Unique Icon Folder - (like I said - even those are lately often changed back to this ugly one) - sometimes after a reboot, OR to get my Icons to always go to the Nice Blue E icon? I also know that if I use Mozilla and set it as default, all my work changing the icons to my own icon folder gets changes and all I see are Mozilla Icons (not on all of the, bit, by bit they change)
Does anyone have or know of A Tweak program? -or- Maybe a Registry Trick? I cannot stand it because my 60+ icons are hard to find and selecting Icons from my Temp Files and renaming each one to a unique name like Favicon[joes-site].ico, or Favicon[green-website].ico which WAS working fine is no longer secure and dependable? Maybe there is a way to move these to a place that the shortcut will go to 100% of the time, no matter what?
Please advise at you earl;iest convenience
George - FreedomWatchdog
Thanks for you anticipated reply - I found a few posts but none really resolves this