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How to find program icon?

Discussion in 'Software' started by mikehende, May 21, 2006.

  1. mikehende

    mikehende Kilobyte Poster

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    I had installed Drawplus4 a while back but now don't see the icon on my desktop anymore and also don't see it in start/All programs or in Add/remove programs, the application folder is there on my hard drive, what's the easiest thing to do here, search for the icon? If so, how? Or should I run the setup all over again?
     
  2. moominboy

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    sounds as if the program has been uninstalled by yourself or else changed by your av /as if it was a little dodgy, i'd run the initial set-up again mate.
     
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  3. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    You could try searching the programs folder that is still there on your hard disk for the .exe

    But If it's not listed anywhere the I would suggest a reinstall.
     
  4. mikehende

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    I reinstalled but would like to know [just for having the knowledge] how to locate a missing icon?
     
  5. Mr.Cheeks

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    icons normally end with .ico which are also normally in the folder where the programs installs [c:\programfiles\drawingprog\mylittleicon.ico]
     
  6. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Point to note though is that the icon will only be a picture, it will not be the link to the actual executable. 8)
     
  7. mikehende

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    Strange, there isn't one in the base folder but wait a minute, when I installed the program, it showed in start/All programs but there wasn't an icon on the desktop so I guess that's why there isn't an icon in the folder as you've stated, thanks.
     
  8. nugget
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    If you want an icon that is the same as the program that it uses then navigate to the application folder, right click on the .exe file (usually with it's own icon) and select send to and choose desktop (create shortcut).
     
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  9. mikehende

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    Thanks, did that already upon reinstalling, was just looking for a way to "locate" missing icons.
     
  10. AJ

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    You didn't install it as another user did you?
     
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  11. mikehende

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    no reason to.
     
  12. Jakamoko
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    Was the program time-limited in any way ? ie shareware ? My initial thought was that the Windows Desktop Cleanup pain-in-the@$$ thingy might have removed the icon, but that wouldn't account for it disappearing from the Start folder :hhhmmm
     
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  13. mikehende

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    No, it is freeware, I may have deleted the icon by mistake as if I had uninstalled it, the base folder wouldn't have been there.
     
  14. Bluerinse
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    Just to clarify what is being said here a tad because I think Mike is getting confused between an icon and a shortcut.

    A shortcut is basically a clickable link to the actual executable file and can be placed in any folder but usually the desktop.

    An icon is a small picture.

    A shortcut can have any icon associated with it (right click and you can change the icon) but by default it is one that has been pre-designed to match the program that the shortcut will launch.
     
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  15. mikehende

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    Just a note Bluerinse, I do understand that an icon is only a link to an exe file, don't know why you got the impression that I didn't? :biggrin , no worries.

    I am curious about what you wrote above, "why" would you want to change an icon, please explain? Thanks.
     
  16. Mr.Cheeks

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    Im jumping in when it has nothing to do with me, but the only time i have changed an ico, or should say created one is when, the icon for the programs does not resemble it e.g. having an aeroplane icon for a car racing game, where i use to work, they created a horrible looking icon for their bespoke program, i never liked it, so i created my own one, and happy i was... until when I.T. noticed the icon and made some sarcastic comment about it...

    also, sometime there are more than one icon for a program and then it can be down to preference, which one do you like the most?
     
  17. mikehende

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    Appreciate the explanation, never looked into it, hmnn, maybe I will, how do you create your icons?
     
  18. Jakamoko
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    Hint: Google it :)
     
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  19. Mr.Cheeks

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    icon files are basically a pic file, i.e. gif, jpeg, bmp, just create a small pic file and name the extension .ico and thats it, if you going to use like paintbrush, or what ever, its going to be trial and error with the size and looks, but there are some icon making programs out there..
     
  20. Baba O'Riley

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    You got the wrong end of the stick there mate. A shortcut is a link to an .exe (or any other file). An icon, as has been said, is basically a tiny little picture. You can change the icon of any file; shortcuts, exe's, jpeg's, whatever.
     
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