1.    04 Jan 2017 #1
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    Invisible Icon on desktop turns black


    I wanted to display a brief text message on the desktop, so (cleverly) created a shortcut, then changed the title to my string and found an invisible icon in Imageres.ico. Worked great until I restarted explorer. The invisible icon became black and would not change until I replaced it. Perhaps the invisibility of the icon cuts through the desktop image?

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  2.    04 Jan 2017 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcebob View Post
    I wanted to display a brief text message on the desktop, so (cleverly) created a shortcut, then changed the title to my string and found an invisible icon in Imageres.ico. Worked great until I restarted explorer. The invisible icon became black and would not change until I replaced it. Perhaps the invisibility of the icon cuts through the desktop image?

    tcebob
    And shows in background color. I tried that in W7 too and never worked like it used to in XP.
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  3.    04 Jan 2017 #3
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    Oh, well. I made a Stickie Stickies with no title and a color compatible with my wallpaper and it works well enough. Thanks for the comment.
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  4.    04 Jan 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcebob View Post
    I wanted to display a brief text message on the desktop, so (cleverly) created a shortcut, then changed the title to my string...
    You could do the same trick making a new folder on your desktop (which won't have the 'shortcut' arrow in the corner) unfortunately this also suffers the same 'invisible icon' problem. As this message is for info, why not use an appropriate icon instead? This one is found in shell32.dll

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  5.    04 Jan 2017 #5
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    I didn't know one could change the folder icon. Last page of properties. You are right, it still shows black. Oddly, my first effort is now displaying right -- but I don't expect it to last. Questions: if normal icons have transparent areas around the symbol and do not show black boxes how come the invisible Icon does? If I edit an icon and remove the image but expand the transparent area would that work?

    I'll reopen this thread.
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  6.    04 Jan 2017 #6
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    When you place cursor at any desktop icon, it should show it's mask in the color of the background.
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  7.    04 Jan 2017 #7
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    There are no 'truly' invisible icons in the Windows system, you need to search the web for one.
    (I think they're created from a completely transparent bitmap image, then assigned an .ico extension, or sumpthin like that, I can't remember!)

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  8.    04 Jan 2017 #8
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    Hi Edwin,
    I was reading through an old post about Lock Screen images and you posted screenshots of your lock screen: Lock screen background image does not appear (Anniversary Update)

    It's the dark desert in 1920x1080.

    I think that picture is amazing and I was wondering if you still had it and would be willing to share it. That would make my day.

    Thanks!
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  9.    04 Jan 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by PloKoon View Post
    I think that picture is amazing ... That would make my day.
    It's called 'Sands of Time'
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  10.    04 Jan 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    It's called 'Sands of Time'
    Wow...words can't express my gratitude.

    Thank you so much for this small good deed.
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