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How do I always show a Firefox icon when dragging a URL shortcut to the desktop?

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How do I always show a Firefox icon when dragging a URL shortcut to the desktop?

Win 7 Pro 64

When dragging a URL shortcut to the desktop, I sometimes get the websites favicon regardless if the site has a favicon or not.

How do I always show a Firefox icon when dragging a URL shortcut to the desktop?

Thank you

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Re: How do I always show a Firefox icon when dragging a URL shortcut to the desktop?

Try to toggle the browser.shell.shortcutFavicons pref on the about:config page.

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Re: How do I always show a Firefox icon when dragging a URL shortcut to the desktop?

Why can't I find this post when I log in to the forum? I need to click the link in the email......

That fixed the problem but I still cannot get the preferred icon from 'firefox.exe' to display as default icon.

Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe,5

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Re: How do I always show a Firefox icon when dragging a URL shortcut to the desktop?

Finally got around to fixing that...works...thank you!

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Re: How do I always show a Firefox icon when dragging a URL shortcut to the desktop?

LIke many others, I had the same problem with v.26. I had a whole slew of URL shortcuts that the icons went to blank white squares. Here is what I did to fix: First I put them all in a folder to make sure there weren't any left on the desktop.

Next, I opened that folder, went to the first shortcut and double clicked it to open the web page. When it opened, I used the mouse to drag the URL onto the desktop creating a new shortcut. Again the white square icon resulted.

So I right clicked the shortcut, clicked on "Properties" and under the "Web Document" tab, clicked "Change Icon". A new pop-up window opens that attempts to find a new icon in the windows shell files.

I instead clicked "Browse" and inserted the directory path to the Firefox program file:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

SIX icons were shown, the top left being the familiar white square with the Firefox logo, which I selected, then clicked my way back out on the "OK" buttons.

NOW, I opened each URL link in the folder, and once opened in a new browser window, dragged the URL's to the desktop and NOW Firefox assigned each one the new correct icon automatically. Once done with all the shortcuts, I deleted the old ones from the folder and the folder itself. End of problem. Now when I save new shortcuts by dragging URL's to the desktop it saves them correctly.