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Nimbus Confused [*-)] posted on Sat, Apr 3 2010 8:47

I have just installed CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 and created Desktop Icons for CorelDraw and Corel PhotoPaint.  So far so good...

As I do not like the capital letters automatically created, I "renamed" the files with lower case letters, the problem was then that the Icon changed to the blank white rectangle containing a smaller rectangle with a series of coloured dots inside it. This also affected the Icon displayed for Corel Draw in the Start Menu!

Unlike other desktop Icons, it is not possible, to select "Change Icon" and reset the correct image as this option is greyed out.

Is this a "bug"?

As this happened with a new install, I re-installed to get things back to normal and now hesitate to rename the desktop icons in case it happens again ...

A happy amateur ~ Using Windows 7 Home Premium (32bit) & CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 on a machine with Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33Ghz x4 Processor & 4GB RAM

 

 

 

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Nimbus:

Unlike other desktop Icons, it is not possible, to select "Change Icon" and reset the correct image as this option is greyed out.

Is this a "bug"?

It's not a bug. A lot of software is like this now. The auto-created icon is targeting a folder, i.e. it is not a direct shortcut to the .exe file itself. There is a workaround, however.

Go into the Program files CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 Programs folder, right-click on the CorelDRW.exe file, point to Send to in the context menu and choose "Desktop (create shortcut)."  Now you have a direct shortcut and can use the change icon and rename it however you like.

Patti

 

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pranderson

Using 32-bit versions of CDGSX6 & X7
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit / Intel Core i7 CPU Q 720 / 4.00 GB / NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M

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West Virginia USA
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Nimbus:

Unlike other desktop Icons, it is not possible, to select "Change Icon" and reset the correct image as this option is greyed out.

Is this a "bug"?

It's not a bug. A lot of software is like this now. The auto-created icon is targeting a folder, i.e. it is not a direct shortcut to the .exe file itself. There is a workaround, however.

Go into the Program files CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 Programs folder, right-click on the CorelDRW.exe file, point to Send to in the context menu and choose "Desktop (create shortcut)."  Now you have a direct shortcut and can use the change icon and rename it however you like.

Patti

 

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pranderson

Using 32-bit versions of CDGSX6 & X7
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit / Intel Core i7 CPU Q 720 / 4.00 GB / NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M

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Thank you, and excuse me for shouting here THANK YOU!!!

That has done the trick nicely and I will note down what you have said. Wonderful I am over the moon ....

A happy amateur ~ Using Windows 7 Home Premium (32bit) & CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 on a machine with Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33Ghz x4 Processor & 4GB RAM

 

 

 

Thanks very much Patti.

I was stumped why I couldn't change the x5 icons by clicking properties on the desktop icons. A snap to delete those and create my own shortcuts to the exe files thanks to your post, and I see they each include a square icon so at least I can tell them apart from x4 now. It was driving me nuts accidentally launching the wrong version for what I was working on. Much appreciate the tip.

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