Question about Windows '98

  1. ..another question from the techno-challenged..

    In Win'98, how can I change the picture that goes with the icon on my desktop?? My 3yr old computer nerd loves to surf her favorite kids sites. I've linked most of them to the desktop so that all she has to do is click on the icon of her choice. The only problem is that some of the icon's didn't save with a picture of the site (ie; barney for barneyonline, barbie for barbie online, etc) and she can't read. So, we have a description and the "e" explore picture..doesn't do her alot of good.

    I'm sure there's got to be some way to download pics from the net to use as your icon, but I can't figure out how, where or anything else.

    Help, please!!!

    Thanks,
    tracy
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Well, I don't have Windows98, but if I right click on my icons, one of the options that pops up is "appearance." Then a box pops up that lets you choose defailt or custom icons. I don't know if you can save a pic and use it or not, but it's worth a try.

    Heather
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    click on start menu, then go to help..type in ICONS as topic for index., thengo to icons, desktop...then follow the directions:



    To change the appearance of a desktop icon

    to open the Display Properties dialog box.
    Click the Effects tab.
    Under Desktop icons, click the icon you want to change, then click Change Icon.
    To use an icon from the default icon file, double-click an icon in the Current icon list.

    Notes

    You can also open the Display Properties dialog box by clicking Start, pointing to Settings, clicking Control Panel, and then double-clicking Display.
    To use an icon from another icon file, click Browse, click an icon file, and then click Open.
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    OK, update. I have a couple of pags saved to my desktop too. I went to change one of them, and I was able to use some pics I had saved to my computer as icons. So I would start with an icons search, save them, and you shouldn't have a problem.

    Unless, of course, it's only an XP thing, in which case I just wasted your time

    Heather
  6. by   kristi915
    I think it's only XP that has the search thingie. I could be wrong...but it's been a while since I've seen Win 98...
  7. by   nurs4kids
    thanks guys..
    I tried the "help" thingy..doesn't tell anything about customizing icons.

    I found all the other stuff, but it only has the standard pre-loaded icons to choose from and I can't figure out how or if I can take a pic from the web and turn it into an icon OR how to get it into the icon folder since I can't seem to locate it..

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    I thought maybe I could use front-page to do it, but can't figure that out either..
  8. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by nurs4kids
    thanks guys..
    I tried the "help" thingy..doesn't tell anything about customizing icons.

    I found all the other stuff, but it only has the standard pre-loaded icons to choose from and I can't figure out how or if I can take a pic from the web and turn it into an icon OR how to get it into the icon folder since I can't seem to locate it..

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    I thought maybe I could use front-page to do it, but can't figure that out either..
    the help thing will help...if you do the directions, eventually you will get to browse and look on you rputer for the icon ya wanna use...sorry i can't be more step by step, at work on someone else's puter..
  9. by   sunnygirl272
    actually you gotta find icon files online first, apparently can't use anyold gif,jpeg, etc...do a websearch for ICONS..
  10. by   betts
    On the desktop, double-click My Computer.
    Click the icon for the program you want to add, and then drag it to the Quick Launch portion of the taskbar.
    The icon for that program appears next to the other Quick Launch icons on the taskbar.

    Note

    If the Quick Launch bar does not appear, right-click an empty area on the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and then click Quick Launch.
  11. by   betts
    To add Web content to your desktop

    Right-click a blank area on the desktop, and then point to Active Desktop.
    Click New Desktop Item.
    Follow the instructions on the screen.
    Note

    You must be connected to the Internet to be able to add active Web content to your desktop.
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Hey Tracy! Id on't know if you've figured it out yet. And we don't see you around here much so I'll PM ya too....

    Hubby has offered to make them for you.... he says if you send me the pics, he'll resize them and make them into icon files and mail them back to you....

    What a guy huh? Must be on something....

    Heather

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