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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 9. I

Icons

In Windows: Icons

Both Windows and the Macintosh make heavy use of icons to represent disks, files, and folders on the computer. Using the View menu, you can specify how you’d like the icons in a particular window to appear.

On the Macintosh, the icon displayed on a certain file is determined by its invisible Type and Creator codes. In Windows, however, document icons are associated with filename extensions—a file with the extension .doc, for example, gets the Microsoft Word icon.

Custom icons. Changing a Windows icon isn’t as easy as it is on the Macintosh. You’re free to replace only three kinds of icons: those that represent certain Desktop items, such as the Recycle Bin; the icon displayed on any shortcut; and the icon that appears on a certain kind of document, such as Word documents. But Windows offers no means of replacing the icon of one file or folder (without using third-party utility programs).

Changing the icon associated with a certain document type. To change the icon associated with a filename extension, follow these instructions:

  1. Choose View → Folder Options → File Types.

  2. Select the file type that you want to change. If you know the first few letters of its name, type them to scroll the list.

  3. Click Edit → Change Icon.

  4. Select an icon from the list shown (see Figure 9-1), or click the Browse button if you’d like to copy the icon from another file on your hard disk.

When you click the Browse button, you’re offered the chance to navigate your hard disk on a ...

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