Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What is shell32.dll and how do I find out What the icon number is??

What is shell32.dll and how do I find out What the icon number is??

Def of a dll from wikipedia
Dynamic-link library (also written without the hyphen), or DLL, is Microsoft's implementation of the shared library concept in the Microsoft Windows and OS/2 operating systems. These libraries usually have the file extension DLL, OCX (for libraries containing ActiveX controls), or DRV (for legacy system drivers). The file formats for DLLs are the same as for Windows EXE files — that is, Portable Executable (PE) for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, and New Executable (NE) for 16-bit Windows. As with EXEs, DLLs can contain code, data, and resources, in any combination.

Ok that made allot of sense.. (actually I does to me) but for lots could just be a bunch of gobledy goock ..

The shell32.dll file contains among other things the icons that you see when you open my computer and the you see the hard drive and a little hard drive instead of just a listing for c:\

So how do we use this? Cause if you right click the c:\ properties .. there is no where you can change the icon or see a list of them that you can change to right??

Here is what you will have to do

Go to My Computer right click on the C drive and Create ShortCut.

It should pop a message
Windows cannot create a shortcut here.
Do you want the shortcut to be place on the desktop instead?

click yes

close My Computer

find the new short cut and right click properties

find the button for change icon and you will be presented with the icons that you can chose from.

the numbering of the icons start from the top left as 0 (zero) and go from top to bottom. Then starting on the next column top to bottom again.

So in the image above the current icon chosen is shell32.dll,8

Hope this explains at least something?? lol have a great day.


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