As you know, when creating a shortcut you have the opportunity to choose a custom icon. When you do, you’ll see a list of 300 icons that come from the shell32.dll file. However, this isn’t the only native Windows file that contains a whole set of icons. There are others. In this gallery, I’ll show you 17 other Windows files and the more than 1200 icons contained in these files.
Image created by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic.
Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.
rem System icon files backuper by BloodDragon
echo Starting backup to C:\IconBackup...
copy %windir%\system32\shell32.dll C:\IconBackup\shell32.dll >nul
echo Backuped shell32.dll
copy %windir%\system32\explorer.exe C:\IconBackup\explorer.exe >nul
echo Backuped explorer.exe
copy %windir%\system32\accessibilitycpl.dll C:\IconBackup\accessibilitycpl.dll >nul
echo Backuped accessibilitycpl.dll
copy %windir%\system32\ddores.dll C:\IconBackup\ddores.dll >nul
echo Backuped ddores.dll
copy %windir%\system32\gameux.dll C:\IconBackup\gameux.dll >nul
echo Backuped gameux.dll
copy %windir%\system32\imageres.dll C:\IconBackup\imageres.dll >nul
echo Backuped imageres.dll
copy %windir%\system32\moricons.dll C:\IconBackup\moricons.dll >nul
echo Backuped moricons.dll
copy %windir%\system32\mmcndmgr.dll C:\IconBackup\mmcndmgr.dll >nul
echo Backuped mmcndmgr.dll
copy %windir%\system32\mmres.dll C:\IconBackup\mmres.dll >nul
echo Backuped mmres.dll
copy %windir%\system32\netcenter.dll C:\IconBackup\netcenter.dll >nul
echo Backuped netcenter.dll
copy %windir%\system32\netshell.dll C:\IconBackup\netshell.dll >nul
echo Backuped netshell.dll
copy %windir%\system32\networkexplorer.dll C:\IconBackup\networkexplorer.dll >nul
echo Backuped networkexplorer.dll
copy %windir%\system32\pifmgr.dll C:\IconBackup\pifmgr.dll >nul
echo Backuped pifmgr.dll
copy %windir%\system32\pnidui.dll C:\IconBackup\pnidui.dll >nul
echo Backuped pnidui.dll
copy %windir%\system32\sensorscpl.dll C:\IconBackup\sensorscpl.dll >nul
echo Backuped sensorscpl.dll
copy %windir%\system32\setupapi.dll C:\IconBackup\setupapi.dll >nul
echo Backuped setupapi.dll
copy %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll C:\IconBackup\wmploc.dll >nul
echo Backuped wmploc.dll
copy %windir%\system32\wpdshext.dll C:\IconBackup\wpdshext.dll >nul
echo Backuped wpdshext.dll
"%PROGRAMFILES% (x86)\WinRAR\Rar.exe" a -r -y -ri15 -m0 -inul C:\IconBackup\IconBackup.zip C:\IconBackup\*
echo Done backup!
echo Saved in C:\IconBackup
echo Press any key to continute...
Greg, I certainly appreciate all your hard work in this and other articles that you have authored to help all of us. However, my time like yours is valuable. Hence, if the article has nothing but thumbnails, etc. I simply skip over it. I want an article with text or a .PDF file, preferably the later. The .PDF files can be easily read and archived for future reference. This is not the first request that you have received on this subject. I doubt it will be the last. How about coming in out of the rain, smell the roses, and share what is genuinely a wealth of talent and information that you have in a manner that we would all sincerely appreciate. Thanks so much. ---- Lee
You can't read all of the filename in the path on the top of some of the slides. This just doesn't work well. A short article would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better!
Greg, I agree with Joe935 - this is tech agony! Not only should there be an alternate pdf file but the "previous" and "next" arrows covered up part of the name on many of the files. I guessed at some and should be able to find them, but that's just sloppy work by a so-called professional! And since the file name was in the picture I had to type the names into a text file so I could later find the files! I really didn't need the practice.
Agree. I have stopped reading your articles when I have to scroll through a series of pages. Does anyone care...
I tremendously appreciate the tips that you give, but have text format instead of having to click through pics would be of great benefit. Please consider this addtion to your postings. Thank you.
Slide shows are nice for pics from ComicCon, or for showing the steps in a procedure. This was a totally inappropriate (ans very inconvenient) use of the format. If you're going to give a list of file names, just give us a flippin' list. Every time a TR article contains a gallery of slides, the first thing I do is look for the link to the primary article.
To get at the icons, one needs to know the WHOLE NAME! Your clever placement of the "next" and "previous" arrows obscures the name thus rendering the whole exercise useless.
Tech-types should stick to what they do well - tech-stuff, and stay as far away as digitally possible from any kind of assembled or prepared imagery - your galleries, not this author specifically, but in general, your photos, especially from conventions are just the dregs. Give it up, or go out and buy good stock footage, or you do know there are professional photographers, yes? Stick to what you do best. Words, data, analysis; we'll imagine the rest. Meantime, at least get a actual image presenter that works.
At Times I creat files on my moniter screen to organize uploaded pictures, I found that by right clicking on the screen file, click "Properties' then "Customize', then Change Icon theres some "very limited" but usefull replacement icons to replace the plain folder pic with one with Character. They really brighten up the display .
Don't be so arrogant as to imply that we are all coding experts & thrill at the "bowels" of computing!! Greg's item would be read by others - I certainly appreciate it...probably many more, but don' want be "torched" by your post..........you keep going in whatever area you like Greg. Like the TV, if you don't like the show - turn it over - doesn't mean the rest of the world agrees with you.....
Have no idea what we are meant to do if we want to access these icons. I was hoping to be able to use some to identify my macro buttons in Word 2010, but doesn't seem to be possible. MS made a stupid decision, preventing users editing icons used to access Macros in Office 2007 and 2010 - hopeless. If we can design our own icons as in 2003 and OpenOffice, no need to download.
A simple list of the filepaths would be a wonderful thing. A list w/ illustrations would be delightful. A PDF of the list w/ illustrations would be heaven.
I feel like others who wonder if anyone at TechRepublic reads these comments. This presentation style may be gratifying to the creator, but infuriating to anyone trying to glean information. I don't necessarily want a download, but I do need something I can scan in seconds rather than tediously scrolling through.
The chevrons forward and previous are obscuring the Path. I too would like to see a single PDF download.
The list from another TR site: http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/discussions/102-392025 c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll c:\windows\explorer.exe c:\windows\system32\accessibilitycpl.dll c:\windows\system32\ddores.dll c:\windows\system32\gameux.dll c:\windows\system32\imageres.dll c:\windows\system32\moricons.dll c:\windows\system32\mmcndmgr.dll c:\windows\system32\mmres.dll c:\windows\system32\netcenter.dll c:\windows\system32\netshell.dll c:\windows\system32\networkexplorer.dll c:\windows\system32\pifmgr.dll c:\windows\system32\pnidui.dll c:\windows\system32\sensorscpl.dll c:\windows\system32\setupapi.dll c:\windows\system32\wmploc.dll c:\windows\system32\wpdshext.dll
The reason that these are presented as image galleries, rather than just straight up text, is to increase traffic. Every time you have to hit next, you increase their traffic count. So TR wants 14 hits from you, to see the DLL names (and very tiny images of the icons), rather than just 1 hit on a text-only page that lists all 14 names at one time. Like everything else, it's all about money (advertising rates based on hit count traffic, in this case).
Get rid of these galleries!!! The pictures are of a good quality, but after the entire page refreshes to look at the 3rd picture, I've lost intrest in the whole article (scratch that) picture gallery.
This is a mildly interesting article, or it would be if I could actually copy the list of DLLs that contain icons for future use. I agree with the other people on this thread, I've always hated the way Tech Republic does this list thing with images. It's slow, the arrows cover parts of the image and you always have to scroll down to read the text about the image. Painful, just painful and useless.
In case someone is interested in simply a list of the file names Greg provided... c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll c:\windows\explorer.exe c:\windows\system32\accessibilitycpl.dll c:\windows\system32\ddores.dll c:\windows\system32\gameux.dll c:\windows\system32\imageres.dll c:\windows\system32\moricons.dll c:\windows\system32\mmcndmgr.dll c:\windows\system32\mmres.dll c:\windows\system32\netcenter.dll c:\windows\system32\netshell.dll c:\windows\system32\networkexplorer.dll c:\windows\system32\pifmgr.dll c:\windows\system32\pnidui.dll c:\windows\system32\sensorscpl.dll c:\windows\system32\setupapi.dll c:\windows\system32\wmploc.dll c:\windows\system32\wpdshext.dll
It's not the best solution but if you view the full-size version of the pictures, the forwards/backwards arrows no longer block the file name.
Not able to see the complete link on most of the images due to the back/forward buttons was not great...
The other day there were dozens of comments on having a PDF to download instead of the pictures presented. WELL you done it again. This is not Tech Savvy its Tech Agony.
On those few occasions when I needed an icon not supplied with software, I never found what was really right either in icon collections or in Windows-provided sources, so I just created them using Randy's Icon Editor. It's easy and pretty quickly done.
Sorry about the navigation arrows covering up the file names. Not sure why they had to put them on the slides. I'd much rather they be above like they used to. Here's the list of files: C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll C:\Windows\explorer.exe C:\Windows\System32\accessibilitycpl.dll C:\Windows\System32\ddores.dll C:\Windows\System32\gameux.dll C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll C:\Windows\System32\moricons.dll C:\Windows\System32\mmcndmgr.dll C:\Windows\System32\mmres.dll C:\Windows\System32\netcenter.dll C:\Windows\System32\netshell.dll C:\Windows\System32\networkexplorer.dll C:\Windows\System32\pifmgr.dll C:\Windows\System32\pnidui.dll C:\Windows\System32\sensorscpl.dll C:\Windows\System32\setupapi.dll C:\Windows\System32\wmploc.dll C:\Windows\System32\wpdshext.dll
The information is useful, but a slideshow is a poor way of presenting it. A consolidated list of the relevant files would have been much better. The icons are too small to see in most shots anyway, so one has to go to the files to see what they contain anyway. This article is typical of the poor ways TR has used slideshows over the last several years. The worst are those with images only and no text or explanation of what we're looking at. The recent preview of the next version of Office was typical of this.
They think if we are reading this stuff, we are smart enough to KNOW how to Extract them, however, then we WOULDNT be reading This !! LOL
IcoFX is the one I use but it seems it went commercial somewhere along the way. Greenfish icon editor can do it:- http://greenfish.cixx6.com, direct download link is http://greenfish.cixx6.com/gfie/gfie_setup_3.0.zip and it does the job for free.
Thats what I did too, unfortunately, doing so triples the time spent on it. I also clicked on "See all Icons" link, and it was easier to see the shadowed icon just copied.
For some reason I Dont understand, My 8 month old HP Slimline s5-1114 cant read the PDFs, so they are a waste of time, anyone have a fix? much appreciated.
...create a Shortcut in Windows and then access that Shortcut's Properties dialog box, you'll see a Change Icon button. When you click that button you will see the Change Icon dialog box with a Browse button. You can then browse to the C:\Windows \System32 folder, select one of the files, and then choose an icon.
There wouldn't be a problem if it was an article instead of having to trawl though 19 pages to get the info instead of just ONE!
This site was blocked by Norton as a "Malicous Web Site". The first time seeing this, but no thanks to possible problems.
Here is the URL: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/
There are a hundred pdf readers out there, most of them free. At least one of them must work on your machine.
I was not able to extract the icons that are displayed using the Shortcut/Change Icon button. Did I miss something Greg?
Hear! hear! PeteHol - not only is it tedious trawling through 19 pages, but the Previous/Next buttons sometimes obscuring part of the file name shows that no-one checked the finished work. Very shoddy!
Here is the URL: http://www.freewareweb.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?ID=350 In the program open the file desired such as C:\Windows\Sysem32\Moreicons.dll. The icons will be shown accross the bottom and you double click on an icon to save it as an ICO file (That is, an individual icon file). I save mine to a Data Files called Icons and have each with a descriptive name, e.g., MS DOS.
You can't use them in your own work willy-nilly. No, you can't extract them that way, that's how you use them in Windows. Select the file, select the icon for the shortcut. If you do want to extract them anyway, search the internet for an icon extractor, icon editor, or resource editor. Baffling.
Arrogance is expecting other people to do things your way. If he has to create galleries then he must. I agree if you don't like it don't use it but for heavens sake stop bitching like little school girls.
And laziness. "As to the gallery vs article comments, all I can say on that is if you don't like the galleries, don't look at them. Keep in mind that I am a contractor for TechRepublic, not an employee. As long as they want me to create galleries for them, I will." I'm left speechless. I can't think of what else to say to this without resorting to profanity. I used to like your articles. With that attitude, I wash my hands of you.
Really? "If you don't like the galleries, don't look at them." It is good to know that you are just doing what was asked of you, Greg, but your attitude still leaves much to be desired! I know you've heard this gallery criticism before. Probably many times before, in fact. Still, any number of TR postings have involved galleries with some text. Not really a solution but beats the heck out of a pure gallery. Anyway, if you don't like our comments, don't read them.
...the preview function of the application used to publish the Galleries malfunctioned... I meant to get back to preview the gallery before it went public but missed that window of opportunity. If I would have seen the titles obscured by the Back/Forward buttons, I would have put an additional slide at the end listing all of the files. By the time I did get back to it, people were already posting the list of files. I apologize for any inconvenience due to that error. As to the gallery vs article comments, all I can say on that is if you don't like the galleries, don't look at them. Keep in mind that I am a contractor for TechRepublic, not an employee. As long as they want me to create galleries for them, I will.