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August 25, 2018
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guppy1
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Jim,

This has probably been addressed before but I couldn’t find it.  Google Chrome always puts their bulls-eye, or whatever it is, on the desktop when adding a website or program shortcut.  Is there any way to use the real icon (favicon?) for the website?  I am fairly sure that IE will use the website icon.  Maybe I could change the browser to IE, install the favicon, then change back to Chrome.  Maybe???  My desktop looks like a real mess and all the shortcuts are the same.  Thanks.  P.S.  I really appreciate Geeks on Tour!

Frank

August 26, 2018
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Hey Frank,

To change the icon on a desktop shortcut:

  1. Right-click on the shortcut and choose Properties
  2. On the “Web Document” tab you’ll see a button to change icon
  3. You can pick any of the system icons
  4. If you want a custom icon, it needs to be an .ico file – not a jpg. But if you have a .jpg you can use this website to convert it to .ico then re-download
  5. Click OK – the shortcut should look like the icon you selected.

Let me know how it goes.

August 28, 2018
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There are zillions of icons that I can use but what I wanting to do is get the icon that goes with the program/website.  My desktop icon for Google Photos is the Google bullseye, same with some Roadtrippers and a couple others.  The “real” logo used to be there when the program was installed but now it’s the Google thing.  It’s not a realy biggy but just would be nice to have them back.

August 28, 2018
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Hey Frank,

Well – I had a .jpg of the Google photos icon and I used the website (that I forgot to link to in my message above: https://convertico.com/) to convert it to a .ico file.

You should be able to get it with this link  to my file.

Let me know

August 28, 2018
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I was able to get Google Photos but there are others that I was also trying to change back to their proper icon.  My Geeks on Tour icon is correct so guess I can live with the others.  Thanks.

August 30, 2018
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You mention programs as well as websites. An easy way to get a program icon is to create the shortcut by right-clicking on a file or program, then “Send to … Desktop” For example, if you have an Excel file that you want a shortcut for – start by going to your file system, right-click on the Excel file and send to desktop. It will have an Excel icon on your desktop.

For websites, you need access to the logo file somewhere … how did you get the Geeks on Tour icon to work? 

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