Windows 10: Moving shortcut to another folder drops icon


  1. Posts : 185
    Windows 10 64-bit home
       27 Jun 2016 #1

    Moving shortcut to another folder drops icon


    This is my first week with Windows 10 and I'm just starting to install my software. Usually I move the desktop shortcut created from software installation to a custom folder where I keep all my shortcuts organized by category. In Windows 10, if I move the shortcut from the desktop to another folder, the shortcut drops the software's custom icon. Then I have to select file properties for the shortcut, select "change icon", select the program's custom icon (which is shown underneath), click OK, then apply, continue, then ok. Then I have to do it all a second time! Then the icon is applied and visible for the shortcut. It doesn't work until I do this twice for each shortcut icon I move.

    Why does this happen? I never had to deal with this in Windows 7. I could just move the shortcut and the icon carries over. This is a lot of extra work. Is there some way of eliminating this hassle?
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  2. Posts : 20,755
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       27 Jun 2016 #2

    Hello rivre,

    If you haven't already, you might see if rebuilding the icon cache when this happens may help.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html
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  3. Posts : 185
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       27 Jun 2016 #3

    This made no difference. What I found is it doesn't show the icon if my folder view is set to list mode. If I change view mode to Icon mode, then the icons are visible in whatever size I select in view mode.

    However, if I go through the procedure I listed above, then it does give me the tiny icon that is viewable in list mode. But I have to select the icon manually, every time, twice, before it is visible. Otherwise the icon is a generic shortcut icon. Why is this? This wasn't the case with Windows 7. Even in list view I could move the shortcut and the icon would carry over. This is a lot of extra work for every shortcut I move.

    It also doesn't seem to happen for every shortcut. Some shortcuts carry over with the icon showing and some I have to manually select the icon for it to display.
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  4. Posts : 20,755
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       27 Jun 2016 #4

    Does refreshing (F5) the folder view in the folder help any?
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  5. Posts : 185
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       27 Jun 2016 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Does refreshing (F5) the folder view in the folder help any?
    Nope, tried that. Really weird. Windows 7 never showed this behavior.
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