Windows explorer’s overlay icon’s limitation

Windows explorer’s overlay icon is the small indicator at the bottom left of an icon that some applications use to indicate the status of files and folders. It looks like this:

The thing is Windows (Windows 7 to my knowledge) seems to have a limitation of 11 (or 15?) of these indicators being used by all applications. So if your system has too many of them, some will not show up. For example, I installed TortoiseSVN, TFS, SkyDrive, and Dropbox on my Windows 7, and Dropbox indicators got disappeared. The only workaround I know so far is delete some indicators that use don’t use to leave space for others.

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Office 2007 icons missing from files shown in folder view

Have you ever found all of your Microsoft Office files’ icons turn into this?

This could be a weird problem you hope you’d never meet. But one of my friends did and it took me hours to put those icons into work again. Just in case, here is a workaround:

  • First try this.
  • Second try this. It’s a zip file, rename and extract it to C:\windows\installer. (Replace C:\windows by your %windir% of course.)