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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Create Custom Backgrounds For Folders in Xp & Vista

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Haven't you always wondered whether it is possible to change the boring old white background for folders in your system? Well its really possible with a simple tricks, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to the Folder whose background you want to change. Click Tools>Folder Options>Select View Tab.
  • Select the option "Show hidden files and folders" (You may need to double-click Hidden files and folders first).
  • Uncheck the options "Hide Operating System Files and Folders" and "HideExtensions For known File Types".
  • Click OK. Now check in the folder whose background you want to change.
  • If there is a file named desktop.ini there, open it with notepad and edit it. Else right click there and choose New>Text Document and double click to open it.
  • Now type in the Notepad file the following code:

  • Change the value "Path to your image file" with the address of the background image.(eg- C:\My Documents\bg.jpg)
  • If you're editing the folder's existing desktop.ini file, save the edited file and close your text editor. If you created a new text document, Goto File>Save As>Save it in that folder as "desktop.ini" (with the double quotes).
  • Once you've created your desktop.ini file for folders in Windows Vista or in Windows XP, click Start > Run >type in cmd and type in the command prompt window that opens the following code :
    attrib +s "path to the folder"

    The 'path to the folder' would be something like C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents , it's the same folder where you created the desktop.ini file

Done! Go to the folder where you created the desktop.ini file and see the magic..

Happy Experimenting!!!

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

sorry can u explain the last step clearly,,,,,,,what to type after cmd,,,,,,,

Guyinthemiddle said...

HI,
After opening command prompt window, type in that window attrib +s "path to the folder where you created the desktop.ini file"

the path will be something like "E:\blog"

does tht clear it out?

Anonymous said...

i have created desktop.ini in my d folder,..,.,what should be the path to that folder .,.

Guyinthemiddle said...

Hey anon,

Actually this trick works for a folder inside your drive only. So you need to create a folder named, say 'project' inside the D: drive and then the path to that folder will be D:\project and then create the desktop.ini file within that folder. Trick doesn't work for the first page inside a drive.

Thanks

Anonymous said...
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Guyinthemiddle said...

Hey,

Hidden folder has nothing to do with this trick. I dont know how you messed it up. Have you enable the Sho Hidden Files and Folders option in Tools>Folder Options? Is still your hidden folders are not visible you may have a virus in your pc. You may have to edit a registry key to make the Hidden Folders visible again. Check out this page at Livewares
http://livewares.blogspot.com/2007/09/orkut-has-been-banned-cant-see-hidden.html

Thanks

Anonymous said...

oh thank god,,,,i hav got my hidden folders back,,,,thanx guy,,,,,but there is one problem still,,,,,that my hidden folders are shown when i select "don't show hidden folders "and they are hidden when i select"show hidden files and folders",,,why is it so,,,,i hav kaspersky internet sec...2009 installed,,and i don't think there's any virus in pc,,,,,can u sort it out.,.,.

Guyinthemiddle said...

Hey anonymous....

Glad you sorted it out, but options upside down. Well our newest post specifically deals your issue. Read it to sort out your problem, here:
http://livewares.blogspot.com/2008/10/restore-your-folder-options-registry.html

Thanks

Anonymous said...

i downloaded registry.rar,,,and unrar it,,,,when i opened it [double click it],,it just opens the registry,,,without asking "ok" to add to registry,,,,what should i do now

Guyinthemiddle said...

Hi,

Did that work like that for you? Usually when double click a .reg file , a pop up window comes asking permission to add the information to your registry. After double clicking it, did the folder options become normal again?

If not, right click the registry file, click 'open with'>'choose program'>click 'browse' and navigate to C:\windows\regedit.exe and click open. Hopefully, the registry file should work now. Or open a copy of regedit (windows key + R >regedit),then drag and drop the .reg file into it.

Sorry for the long explanation, but hope that it sorts out your problem.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

ohhh thnx guy!! every prblm is sorted !! sorry to reply so late,,,,.....!

Egg Biscuit said...

Hey. Every time I try the final part in cmd it just says "Parameter format not correct -"

What am I doing wrong? XD

Egg Biscuit said...

ah nevermind. i was missing out the last " all sorted now. and many thanks

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