Is it possible to display icons for Start Menu program list folders?

  1.    15 Jan 2017 #1

    Is it possible to display icons for Start Menu program list folders?


    Obviously icons are displayed in the program list when the shortcut is not nested inside a folder. But it seems windows will not display customized folder icons. The properties for the folder can be opened, and a custom icon selected, but it does not display. Not in the start menu, or inside the programs folder (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs). The generic folder icon is always displayed. This seems a real shame. I like to have my menu shortcuts nested in folders because it allows for quick access to help files, manuals and other related programs. Am I missing something or does microsoft simply not allow for this? A setting in the registry maybe?

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  2.    15 Jan 2017 #2

    Hi, the answer is to use Classic Shell (free), often referred to here.

    As I've commented many times in this forum, a hierarchically structured categorised start menu is not expressed correctly by the Win 10 start menu, which extracts shortcuts from subfolders and lists them alphabetically. The subfolders (or maybe sub-subfolders) vanish.

    Classic Shell works as you'd expect, being extensively customisable, including its appearance and search feature.
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  3.    17 Jan 2017 #3

    sleepless said: View Post
    Obviously icons are displayed in the program list when the shortcut is not nested inside a folder. But it seems windows will not display customized folder icons. The properties for the folder can be opened, and a custom icon selected, but it does not display. Not in the start menu, or inside the programs folder (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs). The generic folder icon is always displayed. This seems a real shame. I like to have my menu shortcuts nested in folders because it allows for quick access to help files, manuals and other related programs. Am I missing something or does microsoft simply not allow for this? A setting in the registry maybe?

    It will display in that folder if you change the folder icon first, restart Explorer, then put stuff in it.

    The icon image points to a .dll so, modifying that leaves you with one alternative only!

    Barring a 3rd party application, your only alternative would be to create customized shortcuts of said folders, mind you, that would open the folders themselves and not a cascading menu:

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