Problem with Icons Showing Up Properly in Windows

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I recently installed Notepad++. It’s a great text editor for Windows, and having come from PSPad, I’d say the best draw of Notepad++ is it’s theme capabilities and the plugins. You can have Textmate themes for Notepad++ easily, and it looks so much better!

There was a slight problem with my Notepad++ installation that screwed up all my defaults icons for php, txt, xml, css files, etc. After MUCH fiddling around (unsuccessfully), in regedit and in Explorer, I got really annoyed. I was toying around with the PHP file values first, because I figured that if I could get those to work, I could replicate what I did for the other file formats that Notepad++ handled. So, I decided to just delete the DefaultIcon register key folder and the IconHandler registry key folder for all the PHP file values.

And voila. It worked!

I did the same for all of the other file formats/extensions, and it worked straight away 😀 Oh, you might want to use TweakUI’s function to refresh icons to see your changes instantly. To refresh icons in TweakUI, just go to TweakUI > Repair > Refresh Icons. You can get TweakUI here.

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Alvin Poh

I've over 17 years of entrepreneurship experience, having built a tech company to be the top in the country, which was subsequently acquired for an 8-figure sum. As CEO, I led the company through robust growth to 150 employees across 4 countries. After the acquisition, I embraced minimalism, sold off my personal possessions, and started living around the world.

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  • Notepad++ sure is great to use, as it quickly turns standard code into code that has colored sections and group parenthesis shown clearly. Windows would probably benefit from having regular Notepad have the functionality that Notepad++ has, so that people don’t have to download it, but it might not be the thing to do since many computer users aren’t programmers.

By Alvin Poh

About Author

I've over 17 years of entrepreneurship experience, having built a tech company to be the top in the country, which was subsequently acquired for an 8-figure sum. As CEO, I led the company through robust growth to 150 employees across 4 countries. After the acquisition, I embraced minimalism, sold off my personal possessions, and started living around the world.

Read more about my story here.