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How to change the icon of a file 'permanently' ?

Hi all,
I am able to change the icon of a file (say, of extension type *.doc or others) and it displays fine in my XP machine. But when I sent this file to others, the file reverts to its old icon in other XP machines.

Is there any way to make the change 'permanent', just for this particular file and not all files with the same extention type ? I would like the file to appear with the modified icon in any XP machines. Possible?

Any help/advice is most appreciated !


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Change that file

In reply to: How to change the icon of a file 'permanently' ?

You won't get anywhere doing it that way. It's like carrying a car door through the desert so you can roll down the window when you get too warm. That said, you need a file converter. When you change the extension, it shows that type of file as an icon but it is NOT a changed file. If you want say, jpg file and you name it bmp, it may change the icon but it is still jpg, not bmp. Windows goes off the last extension for the icon is all. You need something that will actually change that file properties.


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The file's icon of .DOC is a user preference and not...

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In the file. This is by design and not something you can force on other machines by what's inside the .DOC file.


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In reply to: The file's icon of .DOC is a user preference and not...

Bob & Paul,

Thanks for the comments.

Interestingly, after I successfully changed the icon of that file (locally) , one of two colleagues (who I sent the file to) managed to see the changed icon but not the other.

Trying out on other machine (transferred using USB drive)'s hard drive shows futile results.

I guess converting it to a exe format would probably be a more viable option.

Anyway, thanks alot !


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