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Missing Icon Overlays

July 25, 2015 - Geek Bits, Source Control
Missing Icon Overlays

I need to look into whether this is an issue on Windows 10.  But this is definitely an issue on Windows 7 and 8.1.

Windows only uses the first 15 entries in the shell icon overlays section of the Windows Registry which is starting to get a bit crowded as more and more applications are used as shell extensions.  Windows has it’s own set then if you have lots of shell extensions like Dropbox, OneDrive, Svn or Git and any other apps you’ll hit that limit quickly.

This can be solved really easily.

Open up regedit (Start -> Run -> regedit)

Then navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers

icon overlaysFrom here you can just rename things to get them into order that you want.

Ijust prepended a “z” onto the overlays I wanted to put at the bottom of the list.

Sorted …

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Tony Stephens

Thank you very much sir. Quick, easy and effective, even for a novice like me. Just a restart required and all worked as it should. I modified your suggestion slightly by putting an x ahead of the dropbox entries and a z in front of the remainder. That ensured that onedrive entries headed the list, dropbox entries came next, and the remainder came at the bottom. Now both onedrive and dropbox icon overlays are working fine. I looked all over for a solution to this problem, without success, but your suggestion cracked it.

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