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Kid Friendly Desktop

by miodrag5 / March 28, 2006 6:30 AM PST

I am trying to find a way to display web pages in thumbnail view on the windows xp desktop. Something that would keep the pages updated periodically. Or display links and have a thumbnail in a tool tip pop up.
Any other suggestions you might have towards keeping them on the desktop and not rummaging through the start menu would be greatly appreciated.

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More Info
by phantazy / March 28, 2006 9:37 AM PST
In reply to: Kid Friendly Desktop

Do you mean a desktop link to a web page, in icon form?
I have a link to 'Kelly's Korner' for example, on my desktop, where I just click on the icon (which can be anything I choose to portray) as the important factor is that it opens the site with one click. Is this what you want to do, or do you want a 'thumbnail' example of he web site to show?

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More Access Less trouble
by miodrag5 / March 28, 2006 10:43 AM PST
In reply to: More Info

That sounds good. One problem I have with one my kids is trying to do a double click on web link on the desktop and opening multiple browsers to one page.
What I was thinking was a thumbnail picture of the target web site on the desktop for easier recognition for a toddler. My youngest can easily recognize the characters on websites (ie and navigate through the games without problem. I want to make it easier for her to navigate from the desktop.
If it is right in front of her on the desktop, then that makes her less likely to hit the start menu and venture through the menu.

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I can see why this would be a great idea,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 7:17 PM PST

but it won't be easy.

In Interner Explorer, you can save a shortcut to a web page to the desktop by going to File, then "Send -> Shortcut to Desktop".

That does what it says, sends a shortcut file to the Desktop, (but perhaps you know this already, and if so, I apologise).

Then, if you right click the shortcut, under the Web Document tab you can select the "Change Icon" button and choose a different icon from the list, or click Browse to browse your computer files for other icons.

But they won't represent the actual page itself. They will just be generic pre-made icons.

An icon is just an image with a .ico extension. So in theory you could make any picture/image, (eg you could Print Screen, and paste that copy into MSPaint and save that image), of the web page. But you need specialised software to then convert it to a .ico icon image.

There are many icon converters available, but I don't know if there are any free utilites. If you Google "How to make an icon?" you can see for yourself what is available.

Good luck.


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Some web pages...
by Papa Echo / March 28, 2006 7:51 PM PST

...come with their own identifying icons, and show them when the ''desktop shortcuts'' are created, but they become the generic ''e'' icons when the computer is rebooted. The icons (image) can be found (at Temp Internet Files ?)and saved before rebooting, and the ''e'' icons changed by browsing to the folder in which they are saved....The problem is finding them(i.e. the .ico images).

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Ah !....
by Papa Echo / March 28, 2006 8:08 PM PST
In reply to: Some web pages...

Perhaps THIS can help.

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