Windows 10: Location of new system icons?

  1.    21 Sep 2015 #1

    Location of new system icons?

    Is there a system file that contains the various new icons found throughout Windows 10 – something along the lines of imageres.dll? It would be nice to use some of these for shortcuts.

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    Last edited by Michael; 21 Sep 2015 at 22:03.
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
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       21 Sep 2015 #2

    A lot of icons are here: %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll

    "C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll" is still around as well.
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  3.    26 Sep 2015 #3

    Unfortunately none of the new icons from the above screenshot are in those dlls. Someone must know where they're hiding. Unless they're just not available in ico form.
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  4. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       26 Sep 2015 #4

    Some of these symbols are found in the Fonts: Segoe UI Symbol, newer ones in Segoe MDL2 Assets - which can be viewed with Charmap.exe.

    Fonts are an effective means of storing scalable images, particularly so for modern style windows tiles etc..

    Other symbols are more elusive.

    Imageres.dll is still a major resource store for icons, as well as shell32.dll, and some executable files such as explorer.exe.

    It's about time that Charmap.exe got a revamp - with the tiny size of the Windows 10 icons in Segoe MDL2 Assets, it is very difficult to make out what the icons look like until magnified - It would be worthwhile if the charmap window default dimensions were doubled to cover twice the screen area.
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  5.    26 Sep 2015 #5

    Very clever, using font characters as icons. Have we ever seen Windows use this technique before? I suppose it makes more sense to store a bunch of flat, monochromatic icons in a font; .ico would be overkill.

    Shame it puts them out of our reach for use as shortcut icons though.
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  6. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       26 Sep 2015 #6

    Yes Microsoft started using a font for desktop elements with Windows 95. It was called Marlett.ttf, and is still in your default fonts. It provided the title bar buttons and scrollbar buttons among other things (and the 3D effects such as pressed or down and released or up on these elements.)
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  7. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       26 Sep 2015 #7

    You can make your own icons if you want to. They are just specially crafted image files, nowadays, usually with transparent backgrounds so they don't have to fit in a square frame. Search the web for create your own icons. Once you have grasped the basics,it is possible just to do this in Paint, I believe, using the text tool with the Segoe font and what ever foreground and background colours you wish.

    Microsoft even provides a font editor called eudcedit.exe, which allows you to create custom glyphs which you can put into fonts. Not a lot of people know that, it can be found in the system32 folder. Here again search create your own fonts​ if you are interested.
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