Windows 10: Start Menu Icons Solved

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  1.    17 Jan 2018 #11

    @Rayal
    There is a fairly easy way to do it but, if you want to do a lot of them it's gonna take a lot of work!

    I did one that brings you to this page itself. Let me refresh, in my mind, the method of doing this expeditiously and I'll post back.

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  2.    17 Jan 2018 #12

    @Rayal
    I have to research a couple things and talk to a fellow forumeer; I'll post something back tomorrow.
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  3.    17 Jan 2018 #13

    Hello @Tony K.

    The solutions were "add to desktop" icons for Chrome as requested.
    The original website desktop icon will launch Chrome even if Edge or other browser is default.

    The other solution was drag icons to start menu.
    Original website icons as requested are listed in the start menu under "Chrome Apps"

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    The requested website icons can also be pinned to the taskbar
    and will run the Chrome​ browser even if Edge or other is the default

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    Tiles are a different matter.
    Edge does not have any start tabs that can be customized.
    Edge does not have themes that I am aware of.
    Edge does not have any options to add customized wallpapers or animated wallpapers.
    If you run BING - Bing supplies only Bing wallpapers.
    Edge only runs on Windows 10.
    Other contributors will suggest a better way than a desktop icon.

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    suggested start tab page to OP using different browsers
    did my best - nothing more to add
    I find seeking address bar and browser tabs website icons to be ... forget it.
    A task for a young corporate programmer.
    edgeTILE is an excellent free store app that has options to customize tiles for web urls.

    farewell
    Last edited by nt62; 17 Jan 2018 at 23:33. Reason: done here
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  4.    18 Jan 2018 #14

    I've tried something:
    I modified the chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml sheet inside the C:/ProgramFiles/Google/Chrome/Application folder with my own accent color only, let it apply by way of letting it rebuilding it's own icon cache, then I removed the .xml file from the folder.
    From then on, all Chrome shortcuts automatically appear on the list and as tiles as desired.
    (I'm still making sure this method has no adverse repercussions!)

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       18 Jan 2018 #15

    @nt62

    nt62 said: View Post
    Hello @ Tony K.

    The solutions were "add to desktop" icons as requested.
    The other solution was drag icons to start menu.
    Original website icons as requested are listed in the start menu under "Chrome Apps"
    The requested website icons can also be pinned to the taskbar.

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    Iím happy for you. I really am, but it didnít answer the OPís question. As requested? Hereís the outcome:

    Rayal said: View Post
    Thanks anyway , I guess I'll stay with desktop icon or bookmark option


    Tiles are a different matter.
    Arenít they wonderful? Better than dead icons IMO. Pin to Start or Taskbar options in Edge. And the Start tile is live.

    Edge does not have any start tabs that can be customized.
    I posted one. Would you like to see more? Don't know where you got that fudge.

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    Edge does not have themes that I am aware of.
    Iíll give you that one. It doesnít yet anyway. Heck, it doesnít even use my color scheme for a border. It uses what I call mortician grey. Very drab.

    Edge does not have any options to add customized wallpapers or animated wallpapers.
    If you run BING - Bing supplies Bing wallpapers.
    Why would I need my browser for that? I have the Bing desktop app, which for me has great variety of wallpapers on different tabs. Open it in the morning, pick one, download, and close it out. Don't need the search bar, for there's Cortana. You do use Cortana, yes? Great feature.

    Some of us post here just about every day: Show Us Your Desktop [6] - Windows 10 Forums

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    If I come across a pic that I like I save it and simply right click it to choose the option in FE.

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    Edge only runs on Windows 10.
    Thatís what weíre all using here, so whatís your point?

    Other contributors will suggest a better way that a desktop icon.
    Yes, if anyone can find a way, Edwin will.

    Whatís this below? A fake tile?

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    I see you edited and added more. Ok. See you laterÖ..
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  6.    18 Jan 2018 #16

    Hello. @Tony K

    Whatís this below? A fake tile?
    no. it's a rectangular selection of a screenshot with the shortcut arrow removed.

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    The OP would be well served to use Edge. It does exactly what is requested, I think.
    The limitation is with Chrome which has no option to "pin to start"

    Edge only runs on Windows 10.
    I don't use Windows 10.
    So, I guess, I don't belong here.

    Edge does not have any start tabs that can be customized.
    I posted one. Would you like to see more? Don't know where you got that fudge.
    On my testing OS of 10, ... did not see any option using Edge to create a start tab.
    If there is that option, I missed it.
    Edge is an excellent browser.

    Why would I need my browser for that?
    It's entertaining IMHO to see a live ocean scene or waterfall on the start page of a browser.
    I like to be able to run animations behind start tabs.
    Would post here but don't know how to except uploading to You Tube. (not worth the time)
    My desktop is always animated - video wallpapers or some kind of animation.

    Edwin is very good. So are others, frankly, I am too tired to seek code manipulations.
    That is why I stay away from Powershell command line activity.

    You do use Cortana, yes? Great feature.
    Yes, it is great but not for me. Not a fan.
    Cortana is not a part of server 2016 that I am aware of.

    ... it didnít answer the OPís question...
    I offered what is available using the Chrome browser as a typical enduser.
    The fact that Windows 10 does not move icons from the start menu to a tile by pinning is a menu issue.
    Code edits or anything like rebuilding icon caches or edits to XML files are beyond the scope of normal use.

    The issue would be resolved by using Edge.
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  7.    18 Jan 2018 #17

    Okay, quite simple really:

    You need to be signed on as Administrator,
    you'll need to Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives.

    1. Navigate to the Chrome Apps folder at C:\Users\{yourname}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Chrome Apps and delete all shortcuts;

    2. Close Chrome;

    3. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application, Take Ownership of the chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml file, copy it to your Desktop, right click the copied file and choose Edit(in Notepad), modify the BackgroundColor value to a Hex color value of your choice, modify the ForegroundText to light or dark, remove everything highlighted in yellow, click File/Save, merge the file back to the Chrome Application folder, choose Replace, give permission to Continue.

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    Now, when you add a site to the folder:

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    ... it will add it to the folders list, and Pin a Tile to the Start Menu if the Setting is enabled:
    (You can delete the Desktop shortcut if you wish)

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    There is one drawback:

    The shortcuts will open a new tab in a new window along with your hometab,
    in order to solve that, you'll need to right click and open the Properties of each shortcut in the Chrome Apps folder and change the Target string:

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    ... by removing the ID:

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    ... and replacing it with the URL of your choice, (with a space and quotes):

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    click Apply and OK and you should be all set!
    Now the shortcut will open in a new tab in the current window.

    On a personal note:
    I enjoy accomplishing things that I know the Operating System is capable of, it may not always be the best way, but, it is a way!
    I hope you find this somewhat helpful!
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  •    18 Jan 2018 #18

    Thanks I will try it later tonight
    Rayal
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  •    18 Jan 2018 #19

    Edge Start Tiles are nice cuz you can choose from 4 different sizes and they can become live tiles , if the site supports it, but,
    you can't drag them to the Desktop or Taskbar.

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  •    18 Jan 2018 #20

    Hi Edwin, Everything is fine until step 3. I cannot find "C:\ Program Files\Google\ Chrome\Application".?
    I even tried using search to find "C:\ Program Files\Google\Chrome\ Application". It gave "No Result for"C:\ Program Files\Google\Chrome\ Application".
    All I get at this point is "Google Toolbar Notifier"Am I missing something.
    I have folder options set to show hidden folders and drives.Does this process work with "Windows 10 Home"? ,Any ideas?
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