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18 +26/-8 votes

Restore Control Panel and Explorer Icons

Submitted by JJohnson on March 17, 2009 to Aesthetics, Icons

The icons in the left pane in Control Panel for 'check for updates' and 'control panel home' are gone. In Explorer, the icons for new folder, open, and the other icons are gone.

Restore the control panel home icon with the new control panel icon, and put the other icons back as they were.



Not fixed

Discussion (12 comments)

Ensign Joe wrote on March 17, 2009, 6:21pm

You know microsoft HATES icons!!!
Don't even TRY to convince them that icons are good!

.Chris wrote on March 17, 2009, 7:23pm


+ 1,000,000

There is such thing as to much clean...

They could just offer an option:

Icons only
Icons + text
text only

everyone will be happy, not just the 25 year old who is single and lives at home with his momma who thought this idea was "super duper cool!"

TheDub wrote on March 17, 2009, 8:07pm

I agree with Chris that it could be an option but.... it looks MUCH cleaner with no icons vs icons for just 3 of the 6 options.

.Chris wrote on March 17, 2009, 8:14pm


That may be true, but not everyone wants to fell like they are in an operating room

DavidTaraso wrote on March 17, 2009, 10:51pm

Why do you need icons? The interface looks much cleaner and simpler without them and I think it's quite obvious what each of the few links there do.

"Hm... This link says "check for updates", but there's no icon. What the hell is this? What do I do? Who am I? WHY GOD?!"

Icons only serve a purpose when there's an abundance of choices that the user can not quickly gaze around and spot the required item.

.Chris wrote on March 17, 2009, 11:09pm

So you like a text based OS? Dear god.

Icons are visuals, microsoft loves icons on the taskbar. if that wasn't true, then the taskbar will be all text based.

I still vote for an option. Those who love the outdated text based style can have that, and those who want the mordern style can have the icons.

Remember your not the only one using windows David, people have diferent tastes, and you need to know that,

superstrikertwo wrote on March 17, 2009, 11:10pm

Options are nice David.

Christo wrote on March 17, 2009, 11:16pm

my guess is that they are still developing new icons

JJohnson wrote on March 18, 2009, 1:47am

I would say the best option here is to make it an option, as .Chris had typed: icons, icons+text, text, with text being the default for Win7.

nyp wrote on March 19, 2009, 1:59am

I think they turned this spoof video to reality:

1:05: "Icons? They're just so 1980's."

DavidTaraso wrote on March 19, 2009, 3:59pm

I don't mind icons. If I did, all of my Control Panel mockups would have been plain text.

I'm saying there's places where you need icons, and places where you don't.. This is one of the places where you don't. Icons make sense in the taskbar because you don't want to be sitting there for 10 seconds reading all the labels figuring out which one is Explorer, etc.

In this case, you can't have "only icons". A lot of hte options that appear on the side panel are way too complex to be described by a single 16x16px icon. And having an icon + text here is pointless, because you can quickly see that "Check for updates" is right there in plain site, and will always be in the same place.

You can't have options everywhere in the OS for every feature to suite every user's personal taste. The OS wouldn't even be able to fit on a Blu-Ray disc if they did that. You just need to go with whatever makes the most sense. In this case, it's Text only.

.Chris wrote on March 19, 2009, 4:26pm

Even in the tool bars and command bars? Thats the main problem.

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