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Anonymous
April 8, 2005 5:26:38 AM

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How do I change the icon that is used to designate a file type?

I go to Windows Explore, click on Tools > Folder Options > File Types
and locate the file type I want to change. I am offered two options:
Change and Restore. If I choose Restore I get a completely different
association than the one I want. So I choose Change. But all that
happens is a list of icons representing applications comes up with no
way to change anything.

If I want to change the icon for other file types there is sometimes
an Advanced choice in place of Restore. Under that I can edit the icon
to the one I want.

So why are there two different kinds of file type menus? How do I get
the one I want?

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An atheist visited Isaac Newton and noticed his new toy,
a mechanical model of the Solar System.

"Who made this?", asked the atheist.

"No one", replied Newton.

"But somebody MUST have made it - it couldn't make itself",
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"Why do you believe that about the model, but not about the
real thing?", asked Newton.

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Anonymous
April 8, 2005 5:26:39 AM

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I think that you want to change the program that opens the file rather
than the icon associated with it, right? An icon is just a picture. It
doesn't do anything by itself other than to decorate the filename in some
kinds of lists.

Give us a specific example of a file type you want to change, and we'll be
better able to help.


Sweet Ol' Bob (SOB) <sob@sob.com> wrote:
> How do I change the icon that is used to designate a file type?

> I go to Windows Explore, click on Tools > Folder Options > File Types
> and locate the file type I want to change. I am offered two options:
> Change and Restore. If I choose Restore I get a completely different
> association than the one I want. So I choose Change. But all that
> happens is a list of icons representing applications comes up with no
> way to change anything.

> If I want to change the icon for other file types there is sometimes
> an Advanced choice in place of Restore. Under that I can edit the icon
> to the one I want.

> So why are there two different kinds of file type menus? How do I get
> the one I want?


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Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
Columbus, Ohio
Anonymous
April 8, 2005 12:11:49 PM

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On Thu, 07 Apr 2005 18:57:24 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com>
wrote:

>I think that you want to change the program that opens the file rather
>than the icon associated with it, right? An icon is just a picture. It
>doesn't do anything by itself other than to decorate the filename in some
>kinds of lists.

>Give us a specific example of a file type you want to change, and we'll be
>better able to help.

I use Winamp as my MP3 player. It generates a list with the extension
".M3U". Both MP3 files and M3U files have the Winamp icon associated
with them.

Then one day I "upgrade" Windows Media Player. It doesn't ask me if I
want it to be the default player for MP3 files - it just goes and
makes itself the default player, which causes all my MP3 and M3U files
to have a different association.

So I go to File Types and change the association back to Winamp. Now
it is the default player again. However, there is a bug somewhere that
causes Windows to display a different icon than the one I had
previously. But I cannot access the editor for file types which allows
me to change the icon, because there is no Advanced button, only a
Restore button.

How do I get to a menu that has Advanced on it?


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http://home.houston.rr.com/rkba/mmm.html

An atheist visited Isaac Newton and noticed his new toy,
a mechanical model of the Solar System.

"Who made this?", asked the atheist.

"No one", replied Newton.

"But somebody MUST have made it - it couldn't make itself",
said the atheist.

"Why do you believe that about the model, but not about the
real thing?", asked Newton.
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Anonymous
April 8, 2005 11:34:24 PM

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Sweet Ol' Bob (SOB) <sob@sob.com> wrote:
> I use Winamp as my MP3 player. It generates a list with the extension
> ".M3U". Both MP3 files and M3U files have the Winamp icon associated
> with them.

> Then one day I "upgrade" Windows Media Player. It doesn't ask me if I
> want it to be the default player for MP3 files - it just goes and
> makes itself the default player, which causes all my MP3 and M3U files
> to have a different association.

> So I go to File Types and change the association back to Winamp. Now
> it is the default player again. However, there is a bug somewhere that
> causes Windows to display a different icon than the one I had
> previously. But I cannot access the editor for file types which allows
> me to change the icon, because there is no Advanced button, only a
> Restore button.

> How do I get to a menu that has Advanced on it?

This may be an EditFlags issue. Using Regedit, go into HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
and look at the (default) entry for .m3u. It will normally be "m3ufile".
Now go to the entry for m3ufile (or whatever you have there). One of the
values under that key should be named EditFlags. Report back the type and
value. It's REG_BINARY and 00 00 10 00 on my system). If you have
something else, that may be the cause of the problem.

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Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
Columbus, Ohio
Anonymous
April 9, 2005 8:34:08 AM

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On Fri, 08 Apr 2005 19:34:24 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com>
wrote:

>This may be an EditFlags issue. Using Regedit, go into HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
>and look at the (default) entry for .m3u.

I found it at near the beginning.

>It will normally be "m3ufile".

Default is listed as "Winamp.Playlist".

>Now go to the entry for m3ufile (or whatever you have there).

I did a Find on that and

>One of the values under that key should be named EditFlags. Report back the type and
>value. It's REG_BINARY and 00 00 10 00 on my system).

That is exactly what I have.

I looked at the entry "Winamp.file" (eg. "mp3") which does allow
editing with the Advanced button, and its EditFlag is REG_DWORD 0.

So I changed the EditFlags for "Winamp.Playlist". Nothing happened.

But I did spot the icon key. The icon I want is labeled "0". The one
chosen for the M3U file is "2". So I did the edit.

Now something has happened. Before I tinkered with the Registry, MP3
file type allowed Advanced editing. Now it only has Restore button.

Thanks for your help. Further comments would be appreciated.



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Million Mom March For Gun Confiscation
http://home.houston.rr.com/rkba/mmm.html

An atheist visited Isaac Newton and noticed his new toy,
a mechanical model of the Solar System.

"Who made this?", asked the atheist.

"No one", replied Newton.

"But somebody MUST have made it - it couldn't make itself",
said the atheist.

"Why do you believe that about the model, but not about the
real thing?", asked Newton.
Anonymous
April 9, 2005 9:07:03 PM

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Sweet Ol' Bob (SOB) <sob@sob.com> wrote:
> I looked at the entry "Winamp.file" (eg. "mp3") which does allow
> editing with the Advanced button, and its EditFlag is REG_DWORD 0.

> So I changed the EditFlags for "Winamp.Playlist". Nothing happened.

> But I did spot the icon key. The icon I want is labeled "0". The one
> chosen for the M3U file is "2". So I did the edit.

> Now something has happened. Before I tinkered with the Registry, MP3
> file type allowed Advanced editing. Now it only has Restore button.

You are running Windows 2000, right? I've checked many of the entries in
Folder Options | File Types, and every one of them shows the Advanced
button, although for some types the Windows you get when you click the
button is empty. Thinking back, I don't think I've ever seen a Restore
button. I have no experience with WinAMp, so I can't offer any
suggestions there.

With respect to the icons themselves, it appears that often the icon
displayed with a filename is determined by the program registered to open
that file. There's no explicit registry entry for the icon in these
cases. In the cases where the DefaultIcon key already exists, changing
the (Default) value should not affect the ability to modift File Types
data.

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Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
Columbus, Ohio
Anonymous
April 10, 2005 5:52:05 PM

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On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 17:07:03 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com>
wrote:

>You are running Windows 2000, right?

Yes, but it was an overlay of NT4. There are some things that are
different from a clean install of Win2K, so maybe that's where the
problem arises.

>I've checked many of the entries in
>Folder Options | File Types, and every one of them shows the Advanced
>button, although for some types the Windows you get when you click the
>button is empty. Thinking back, I don't think I've ever seen a Restore
>button. I have no experience with WinAMp, so I can't offer any
>suggestions there.

Winamp is but one example.

Install the latest version of Windows Media Player. It will take over
the default file associations. For example, after installing WMP, you
will discover that MP3 files are associated with WMP and not with
Winamp as they were before the association.

So you change to Winamp and it selects an icon which you do not want.
Now it's time to use the Advanced editor to change the icon. But all
you have is the Restore button.

I got around this by bringing up Add/Remove Programs. On the left side
there is a link (Set Program Access and Defaults) that brings up a
page where you can activate file associations. I selected the default,
which apparently the system knew was Winamp and not WMP.

Now when I click on the Restore button, I get Winamp as the default. I
accept it and now I have the Advanced button, from which I can edit
the icon.

It would seem that somewhere in the Registry there is information
about the default media player being Winamp, which was not overwritten
when I installed WMP, even though that installation did overwrite
individual file associations.

---

Any comments about my question on why the INS toggle occurs without my
hitting the INS key when I am editing in Windows.

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Anonymous
April 11, 2005 8:18:49 PM

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On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 20:06:20 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com>
wrote:

>> Any comments about my question on why the INS toggle occurs without my
>> hitting the INS key when I am editing in Windows.

>What program are you using for editing? Handling of the Insert key is
>usually an application issue, assuming that it's not a keyboard problem.

Any editor. Right now I am using the one that comes with Free Agent. I
also use the editors that come with other applications such as Eudora,
Mozilla, Note Tab. That all behave the same way, which leads me to
believe there is an editor API they are using.

There appears to be some particular keystroke combination which
includes backspaces that causes the editor to go into INS mode. I know
there are other hidden editor changes that are invoked by keystrokes I
make in error. I once buggered the editor so badly I had to reboot.

Is there any way I can set the preferences for this API assuming that
is what is behind all these application text editors?

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http://home.houston.rr.com/rkba/mmm.html

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable
one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore
all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
-- George Bernard Shaw
Anonymous
April 12, 2005 2:30:46 AM

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Sweet Ol' Bob (SOB) <sob@sob.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 20:06:20 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com>
> wrote:

>>> Any comments about my question on why the INS toggle occurs without my
>>> hitting the INS key when I am editing in Windows.

>>What program are you using for editing? Handling of the Insert key is
>>usually an application issue, assuming that it's not a keyboard problem.

> Any editor. Right now I am using the one that comes with Free Agent. I
> also use the editors that come with other applications such as Eudora,
> Mozilla, Note Tab. That all behave the same way, which leads me to
> believe there is an editor API they are using.

I would be very surprised to find any kind of common API in a collection
of editors that diverse. Do all of these editors use the Insert key to
put the editor into insert mode? Not all editors do -- some don't even
have an overwrite mode. Some may use ald ALT or CTRL key combination.

If they do all use the Insert key for that function, I'd suspect
inadvertent keyboard remapping or keyboard malfunction.

> There appears to be some particular keystroke combination which
> includes backspaces that causes the editor to go into INS mode. I know
> there are other hidden editor changes that are invoked by keystrokes I
> make in error. I once buggered the editor so badly I had to reboot.

Is your keyboard programmable? Matbe one of those peculair sequences is
altering its behavior.

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Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
Columbus, Ohio
Anonymous
April 12, 2005 6:20:39 PM

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On Mon, 11 Apr 2005 22:30:46 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com>
wrote:

>I would be very surprised to find any kind of common API in a collection
>of editors that diverse.

They all behave the same which tells me that they are made of common
elements.

>Do all of these editors use the Insert key to
>put the editor into insert mode?

Yes.

>If they do all use the Insert key for that function, I'd suspect
>inadvertent keyboard remapping or keyboard malfunction.

It could be - I am running a long extension cord for the KB.

>Is your keyboard programmable? Matbe one of those peculair sequences is
>altering its behavior.

Keytronics 104. Probably the most widely used KB in existence.

I could be jamming the line to the computer, but why always INS
toggle?

Oh well, this will remain one of those mysteries we are accustomed to
with Windows.

Thanks for your help.

--

Million Mom March For Gun Confiscation
http://home.houston.rr.com/rkba/mmm.html

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable
one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore
all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
-- George Bernard Shaw
Anonymous
April 13, 2005 2:52:21 AM

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Sweet Ol' Bob (SOB) <sob@sob.com> wrote:
> Keytronics 104. Probably the most widely used KB in existence.

> I could be jamming the line to the computer, but why always INS
> toggle?

> Oh well, this will remain one of those mysteries we are accustomed to
> with Windows.

> Thanks for your help.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but I'm out of ideas.

--
Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
Columbus, Ohio
Anonymous
April 29, 2005 4:54:08 PM

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I was going through all the responses and wondered if
you got the solutions before I got to the last post.

Open any folder window and go to "tools" "folder options".
Use the "file types" tab. There's your associations like
the older versions of windows had.

Now, winamp also has its own menu option under its preferences.
It has a listing of the file types it knows and all
you have to do is select the ones you want winamp to
own and hit restore. Done.

Windows Media player also has the same function to
owning program associations although the only time
I ever remember seeing it is during an install, and not
all versions offer it. And, lol not all versions
respect your choice and they end up associating what
they want with what THEY want you to use.

for icon cosmetics, icons (or actually their data) can
either stand alone in their own file or be included as
part of another. When you pick an icon, go choose any
windows executable file and choose any icon you want
from that file. Try shell.dll or user.dll. This reminds
me of that game "inner space" where it loaded all the icons
from all your files and directories and used them as
the graphics for the enemy ships so you can shoot them.

Oh and watch out for the wildcard. At times, all versions
of windows will choke and display random icons on your screen
in place of the real associated ones. Its only a visual bug
as icons are only a visual and non functional thing. A reboot
fixes that.

Good luck
Yimmy DA Tulip

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"Gary Smith" wrote:

> Sweet Ol' Bob (SOB) <sob@sob.com> wrote:
> > Keytronics 104. Probably the most widely used KB in existence.
>
> > I could be jamming the line to the computer, but why always INS
> > toggle?
>
> > Oh well, this will remain one of those mysteries we are accustomed to
> > with Windows.
>
> > Thanks for your help.
>
> Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but I'm out of ideas.
>
> --
> Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
> Columbus, Ohio
>
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