Large icons for non-UWP shortcuts?

  1.    25 Jan 2017 #1

    Large icons for non-UWP shortcuts?


    Somewhat related to my other thread about getting a Desktop icon on the full-screen start menu, but sort-of not.

    I was experimenting with creating web shortcuts on the start menu that open with Internet Explorer rather than Edge (this was totally doable in Windows 8 using the "Metro" IE, but not anymore). Per a suggestion I had found, I created a shortcut to iexplore.exe Google for example as a shortcut to Google.

    So I grabbed a giant (1600x1600) Google logo and converted it to an .ico. You can see in my screenshot here:
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    But yet, when I "pin to start" it still displays using a small icon - the exact same size as the "small" tile size, just with a border around it for "medium".

    Is there a way to get rid of that border and show a larger icon without the use of a UWP "helper" app? I know there are Windows Store apps like EdgeTile and WinTileR that can do this, but the caveat there is that you have to install them and clutter up your start menu even more. (It's not possible to hide shortcuts for a Store app or even move them into a folder or anything, is it?)
    Not to mention in order to prevent them popping up a window whenever you click the shortcut you need a "plugin" for it.

    I'd like to do this without installing extra software if at all possible - maybe via registry tweaking, or something.

    But I'm not sure if this is some sort of OS limitation - even with Windows Store apps like DVD Player, you can set them to "large" and still only have a tiny icon surrounded by a giant border! What's the point of that?!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    25 Jan 2017 #2

    @drfsupercenter
    You need to see @Cliff S about custom tiles.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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