Change default network icon for shares


  1. Posts : 27
    Windows 10
       #1

    Change default network icon for shares


    I don't think this is possible but i'll ask anyway.

    I have a NAS where I can create a desktop shortcut \\Nas and it takes me to the root of my nas, problem is it defaults to a My Computer icon when i pin it to quick access. I can change the shortcut icon to what ever i want on the desktop, but the moment it is pinned to quick access it defaults to the windows My Computer icon.

    Winaero lets you add your own custom "folders" but since this is not a folder it does me no good.

    Is there anyway to change the default icon for a share \\<share_name> ?
    Is there a way to change the quick access pinned link icon? i checked the registry thinking it would show up in there, but nope.

    cheers
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #2

    I don't have a NAS to test this on. All I know is that it works for local folders & for network folders [network shares].
    If you change the icon for the target folder itself then shortcuts to it will retain that icon even when pinned to Quick access.
    - Right-click on target folder, Properties, Customise, Change icon ...
    - Then create a new shortcut to the folder and it will have the chosen icon so it can be pinned to Quick access.


    Best of luck,
    Denis



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  3. Posts : 27
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    That's not how it works for network share like I mentioned above. Read what I stated again
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #4

    It works for my network computers' shared folders.
    Change default network icon for shares-network-share-icon.png
    I am surprised that a NAS is different.

    Denis
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 27
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    That's bc you are creating a shortcut to a folder on a share. Thats not what I'm doing, I'm linking the root of a share which has multiple folders and the default quick access icon turns into a default computer icon unfortunately. Anywhere else that root share you can change the icon but in explorer for what ever reason MS in their wisdom decided to default a quick access shortcut for a network root share to a computer icon.

    This is about as stupid as not being able to disable aero peak
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  6. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #6

    Understood.
    I've just tested a shortcut to a shared folder itself and I get the same result as you.
    My normal habit is to put shortcuts to network shares in my Taskbar Toolbar and that avoids the problem you are having.


    All the best,
    Denis
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 27
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I'm hoping someone smarter than us has figured out a way around this. I'm sure there is some tweak out there I'm missing. There is a tweak to change the quick access icon itself but not the pinned share like this unfortunately as far as I know.
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