Custom Desktop Folders

Ray ray at linkit.com
Sat Apr 18 00:39:00 CEST 2015


Mike - I'm happy to report that this is totally resolved.  I was using 
something else as the text of the Desktop.ini file.  When I switched to 
simply:

[.ShellClassInfo]
IconResource=genericapp.ico

with no path whatsoever, everything began to work flawlessly.

Thanks for going the extra mile with me on this one.  Tricky thing, 
wasn't it?

Many thanks!!!!

On 4/17/2015 9:35 AM, Mike Bonner wrote:
> Time for me to run away, but if things stay quirky, I'll see if I can
> borrow a win8 system and poke around this eve when I get back.
>
> On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 7:34 AM, Mike Bonner <bonnmike at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Strange.  Wish I had win8 to try.  If I set things using the property
>> inspector, it does adjust that file, but if I only do it with my script
>> (and set the IconResource)  it stays the same.  Most of the stuff you list
>> in the file is for inside except the logo.
>> foldertype just adjust settings for efficient indexing.
>>
>> All I have in my desktop.ini (again windows 7) is this:
>>
>> [.ShellClassInfo]
>> IconResource=genericapp.ico
>>
>> with the ico file inside the folder, so no path needed after all. (if its
>> elsewhere, of course path it!)
>>
>> On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM, Ray <ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Another interesting point:  after I create the Desktop.ini file from
>>> within Livecode it's text is this:
>>>     [ViewState]
>>>     Mode=
>>>     Vid=
>>>     FolderType=Pictures
>>>     Logo=C:\Users\RayAc\Desktop\M\PubblyIcon.ico
>>>
>>> and the file's size is 91 bytes.
>>>
>>> After I manually set the desktop folder picture from the Properties tab,
>>> to make sure it sticks, neither the text nor the attributes change at all,
>>> but the size somehow grows to 93 bytes.  Something else is happening to the
>>> Desktop.ini file when changing the folder's picture manually but I don't
>>> know what it is.
>>>
>>> On 4/17/2015 9:17 AM, Mike Bonner wrote:
>>>
>>>> I'm not positive, but I THINK when you put files into the folder, it
>>>> makes
>>>> adjustments so that a) it still kinda shows your icon, while b) its
>>>> trying
>>>> to show previews of whats in the folder.  I'm not sure this is what
>>>> you're
>>>> seeing, but it sounds right.  I think there was a way around this
>>>> behavior,
>>>> (assuming my guess is right), but I'll have to try to remember what I
>>>> saw.
>>>> (probably another setting in the desktop.ini)
>>>>
>>>> Unfortunately, its not behaving the same for me.  Maybe its a random
>>>> feature!
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 1:02 PM, Ray <ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>   I see.  So there are three different states of this check box: empty,
>>>>> checked and "squared".  That's a new thing for me.  I always thought
>>>>> there
>>>>> were just two states of both check boxes and radio buttons, but I think
>>>>> I
>>>>> can handle that.  Thanks for laying it out.
>>>>>
>>>>> On another note, I've discovered that while the desktop icon I assign
>>>>> to a
>>>>> folder is there when I first create the folder and set it all up, it
>>>>> shrinks the instant I write or copy a file into the folder, either
>>>>> through
>>>>> Livecode or manually on the desktop.  Do you know why this might be
>>>>> happening?
>>>>>
>>>>> I only see the icon I assign when viewing by medium and large icons.
>>>>> Could this have something to do with it?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On 4/17/2015 8:52 AM, Mike Bonner wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>   If you notice, when you set the read only aspect of the folder using
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> shell, then look at the properties of the folder, the box isn't
>>>>>> checked.
>>>>>> Its greyed out. This is because you set the folder itself.  When you
>>>>>> use
>>>>>> the checkbox in the proprieties inspector for the folder, you're
>>>>>> actually
>>>>>> setting the rules for the contents of the folder, not the folder
>>>>>> itself.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I suspect, if you create a folder, then check that box, then check its
>>>>>> attributes from the shell (attrib foldername) that the folder itself
>>>>>> won't
>>>>>> show R as one of its attribs. The checkbox isn't doing the same thing
>>>>>> as
>>>>>> the shell call.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Freaks me out a bit actually!
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