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2. The User Interface > 12. Rename and Change “Unchangeable” Desktop Icons and ...

Rename and Change “Unchangeable” Desktop Icons and System Objects

To create the perfect XP interface, you want to be able to give every desktop icon and system object the name and icon of your choice. Here’s how to do it—even to objects that appear to be unchangeable.

Interface hackers (myself included) are a details-oriented bunch. We want to be able to control every part of the interface so that it reflects our personality. That means being able to choose our own icons for desktop items and system objects, give new names to system objects, and create our own balloon tips—for example, adding a balloon tip to the Recycle Bin saying “Take out the trash!”

But it’s not as simple as you might think. Microsoft has a way of protecting its own. For example, it won’t let you change the text and balloon tips associated with a variety of system objects, such as the Recycle Bin, Outlook, Internet Explorer, My Computer, and My Network Places.


  

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