Filelist icons

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Icons can be displayed in the file windows to find files faster. There are various options to change the icon displaying. Some of them can be changed in the configuration dialog others have to be manually changed in the main settings file.

Basic icon configuration

To set the icon configuration naviagte to the display page in the configuration dialog. There is a group "Show symbols to the left of the filename". These options are mainly to adapt Total Commander to your computers performance. You have to choose one of the four basic options:

  • All associated + EXE/LNK (slow, 32-bit only)
  • All
  • Only standard symbols
  • No symbols
  • To improve the performance on slow media one of the following options may be of interest for you:
  • EXE/LNK not on floppy
  • EXE/LNK not on net
Configuration page where to set up the basic icon settings.
All associated + EXE/LNK (slow, 32-bit only)
All
Only standard symbols
No symbols

These settings are represented in various settings in your main settings file:

[Configuration]
; Show all icons (default).
Showicons=2
; Show only standard icons.
Showicons=1
; Don't display any icons.
Showicons=0

[Configuration]
;ShowEXEandLNKicons are only valid if ShowIcons is 2
;Don't show all icons and icons from executables and shortcuts 
ShowEXEandLNKicons=0
; Show all icons and icons from executables and shortcuts.
ShowEXEandLNKicons=1
;Show all icons and icons from executables and shortcuts but not from floppy disc (default).
 ShowEXEandLNKicons=2
 
[Configuration]
;IconsOnNet is only valid if  ShowEXEandLNKicons is not zero (and Showicons is 2)
; Show icons from executables and shortcuts on net drives (default).
IconsOnNet=1
; Do not show icons from executables and shortcuts on net drives 
IconsOnNet=0


Icon size

The icon size can be changed in the configuration dialog on the "Font" page. You are not limited to the standard sizes 16x16 and 32x32. You may enter a value of choice. These settings are saved resultion-specific. Changes will be applied to the current display resolution only. If you change your display resolution you'll face the default icon sizes.

Configuration page where to set up the filelist icons size.

These settings are saved in your main settings file. Please consider that the given INI file sections are just placeholders for the display resultion-specific sections.

[Resolution-specific]
; Icon size 16 bit version in points (default=10).
Iconsize=10
[Resolution-specific]
; Icon size 32 bit version in pixels (default=16).
Iconsize32=16

Overlay icons

To display overlay icons navigate to the display page in the configuration dialog. To display overlay icons activate the checkbox "Show overlay icons, e.g. for links".

Icon loading behavior

Loading icons for executable and shortcut files can be time consuming. When entering a directory these icons can be loaded in a delayed way. While the filelist is displayed almost immediately as if you had chosen the "All" option icons of executable and shortcut files are loaded in background (=1). If you deactivate (=0) the setting the file list is displayed when all icons even from executable and shortcut files were loaded. The default value is activated (=1).

Main configuration file setting:

[Configuration]
; Load icons from executable and shortcut files in foreground.
IconsInThread=0
; Load icons executable and shortcut files in background.
IconsInThread=1

Folder-specific icons

By default Total Commander shows folder icons taken from an internal library or a user-defined icon library. Using IconsSpecialFolders Total Commander displays the same icons as Explorer. This includes displaying of folder-specific icons. Enabling this settings is not enough. In addition it's required to set the Read-Only or System attribute.

[Configuration]
; Disable folder-specific icons.
IconsSpecialFolders=0 
; Enable folder-specific icons on local drives.
IconsSpecialFolders=1
; Enable folder-specific icons on network drives.
IconsSpecialFolders=2
; Enable folder-specific icons on all drives (default).
IconsSpecialFolders=3

File-specific icons

File-specific icons may represent the contents of a file in a graphical way. Unlike thumbnails these icons typically have to represent the contents even smaller then thumbnails do. File-specific icons are usually provided by an application that executes the default action for corresponding filetype.

You have to edit your main settings file to change this setting.

[Configuration]
; Disable file-specific icons.
ShellExtIcons=0
; Enable file-specific icons (default value).
ShellExtIcons=1

Customize filelist icons

To customize your filelist icons you have create an icon library. To use the icon library you have to edit your main settings file.

[Configuration]
' Path to an icon library containing filelist icons.
IconLib=%APPDATA%\Total Commander\Filelist libraries\My Filelist icons.icl // Path to icon library

The filelist icon library in detail:

example index description icon sizes
Filelist icon library example 01.png 1 icon for main windows and system tray 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 02.png 2 closed directories 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 03.png 3 unused 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 04.png 4 standard icon for programs 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 05.png 5 standard icon for files 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 06.png 6 shared directories 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 07.png 7 opened directories 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 08.png 8 opened archive files 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 09.png 9 closed archive files 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 10.png 10 hidden and system files 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 11.png 11 Parent directories 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 12.png 12 hidden and system directories 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 13.png 13 shortcut for files and reparse point directories 16x16 and 32x32
Filelist icon library example 14.png 14 closed directories 16x16
Filelist icon library example 15.png 15 standard icon for files 32x32
Filelist icon library example 16.png 16 hidden and system directories 16x16
Filelist icon library example 17.png 17 shared directories 16x16
Filelist icon library example 18.png 18 opened directories 16x16
Filelist icon library example 19.png 19 hidden and system files 32x32
Filelist icon library example 20.png 20 unused 32x32
Filelist icon library example 21.png 21 standard icon for programs 32x32
Filelist icon library example 22.png 22 text encoded files 32x32
Filelist icon library example 23.png 23 text encoded files 16x16
Filelist icon library example 24.png 24 test test test 64x64

An example icon library can be found on the official addons page.


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