How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav


  1. Posts : 37
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       #1

    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav


    Even when I use FileTypesMan(ager), when I try to have different icons for .mp3 files and .wav files, starting last week they're the same for both, whether I want it or not.

    For years I was able to use an icon from quartz.dll for .mp3 (the blue speaker from Win95) and the round four-color circle from WinXP's Media Player .exe (yes, I saved the .exe just for that icon).

    Now I get a notice in FileTypesMan that the icon for .mp3 will be the same as .wav and this is a royal PITA when I'm trying to convert files!

    Is there any other way to change icons and have them be different?
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  2. Posts : 17,838
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       #2

    OvenMaster said:
    Even when I use FileTypesMan(ager), when I try to have different icons for .mp3 files and .wav files, starting last week they're the same for both, whether I want it or not.

    For years I was able to use an icon from quartz.dll for .mp3 (the blue speaker from Win95) and the round four-color circle from WinXP's Media Player .exe (yes, I saved the .exe just for that icon).

    Now I get a notice in FileTypesMan that the icon for .mp3 will be the same as .wav and this is a royal PITA when I'm trying to convert files!

    Is there any other way to change icons and have them be different?
    Use an application that has a fully dedicated File Associations data base...

    foobar...

    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav-000555.png
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  3. Posts : 37
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    No, those aren't Windows icons. Thanks anyway.
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  4. Posts : 6,823
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
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    I don't have or use WMP but I reckon you'd have to choose or create an icon then edit wmploc.dll to insert the icon.

    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav-wmploc.jpg

    %windir%\System32\wmploc.dll

    I cannot really help with that but if you try modifying then make a backup copy first.


    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav-resourcehacker.jpg
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  5. Posts : 42,916
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #5

    You may have more options with the Default Programs Editor (free).
    I've not tried what you want to change as I don't wish to change mine though.

    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav-1.png
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  6. Posts : 6,823
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #6

    Well I just changed mp3 icon.

    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav-wmploc2.jpg

    Like I said - I do not have windows media player to test. The replacement icon should contain the correct sizes. (not just one size)

    Quick Any2Ico
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  7. Posts : 6,823
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    dalchina said:
    You may have more options with the Default Programs Editor (free).
    I've not tried what you want to change as I don't wish to change mine though.
    Just tried it and it was super easy.

    EDIT: I meant easy to change the file icon as displayed in explorer. I'm not sure that Default Programs Editor would change the icon in WMP GUI.
    Last edited by Callender; 21 Feb 2021 at 05:40.
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  8. Posts : 37
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #8

    It doesn't. FLAC, .wav and .mp3 are all the same according to that program, even though they actually are not:
    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav-wavmp3.jpg
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  9. Posts : 6,823
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #9

    What I see:

    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav-wav.jpg

    How to have different icons for .mp3 and .wav-mp3.jpg

    However if I change the icon for one then both end up showing the same icon. I didn't try it with WMP disabled.

    So most likely Resource Hacker is the way to go but if using a custom icon you still need to create one to use with all common sizes included.
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