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red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

  1. #1


    Ayla Guest

    red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    My Sony Vaio laptop came with Vista Home Premium already loaded. I installed
    Office 2007, and uninstalled Home and Student version. Since then, red and
    blue dots appeared on the left bottom corner on the icons on my desktop.
    Microsoft and Sony did not solve the problem. Why it happened and how can I
    get rid of them?
    Please help.
    Thanks,
    Ayla

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  2. #2


    Hans-Georg Michna Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    On Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:01:01 -0700, Ayla wrote:

    >My Sony Vaio laptop came with Vista Home Premium already loaded. I installed
    >Office 2007, and uninstalled Home and Student version. Since then, red and
    >blue dots appeared on the left bottom corner on the icons on my desktop.
    >Microsoft and Sony did not solve the problem. Why it happened and how can I
    >get rid of them?
    Ayla (of the cave bear clan? :-),

    Most desktop icons have a little white square in the lower left
    corner with a little black arrow pointing up and right. Are
    these little arrows still present or have they perhaps been
    replaced with the red and blue dots?

    Does the recycle bin also have these dots? I suspect not.

    I'm asking because it is conceivable that that little sub-icon
    has been damaged. Not sure if that would lead us anywhere, but
    it may still be good to know.

    Hans-Georg
    --
    No mail, please.

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  3. #3


    Ayla Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    Hans-Georg,
    Thanks for the answer. Some of the shortcuts are covered with those dots,
    some of them are not, such as; My Documents folder does not have the dot.
    But, some of the folders in that folder have. Recyle Bin, My Computer,
    Control Panel, Easy-Photo, Skype do not have dots.
    Ayla

    "Hans-Georg Michna" wrote:

    > On Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:01:01 -0700, Ayla wrote:
    >

    > >My Sony Vaio laptop came with Vista Home Premium already loaded. I installed
    > >Office 2007, and uninstalled Home and Student version. Since then, red and
    > >blue dots appeared on the left bottom corner on the icons on my desktop.
    > >Microsoft and Sony did not solve the problem. Why it happened and how can I
    > >get rid of them?
    >
    > Ayla (of the cave bear clan? :-),
    >
    > Most desktop icons have a little white square in the lower left
    > corner with a little black arrow pointing up and right. Are
    > these little arrows still present or have they perhaps been
    > replaced with the red and blue dots?
    >
    > Does the recycle bin also have these dots? I suspect not.
    >
    > I'm asking because it is conceivable that that little sub-icon
    > has been damaged. Not sure if that would lead us anywhere, but
    > it may still be good to know.
    >
    > Hans-Georg
    > --
    > No mail, please.
    >

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  4. #4


    Mark Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    Use desktop properties and increase the size of the icons.
    You will probably find that these are not dots, but small Microsoft emblems
    indicating the file is running in compatibility mode. (Or something akin.)


    "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E25EF470-A0F6-4D0D-A87B-E11F21A66124@xxxxxx

    > My Sony Vaio laptop came with Vista Home Premium already loaded. I
    installed

    > Office 2007, and uninstalled Home and Student version. Since then, red and
    > blue dots appeared on the left bottom corner on the icons on my desktop.
    > Microsoft and Sony did not solve the problem. Why it happened and how can
    I

    > get rid of them?
    > Please help.
    > Thanks,
    > Ayla


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  5. #5


    Ayla Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    I have tried your suggestion Mark. It did not work-sorry. Thanks anyway. Ayla

    "Mark" wrote:

    > Use desktop properties and increase the size of the icons.
    > You will probably find that these are not dots, but small Microsoft emblems
    > indicating the file is running in compatibility mode. (Or something akin.)
    >
    >
    > "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E25EF470-A0F6-4D0D-A87B-E11F21A66124@xxxxxx

    > > My Sony Vaio laptop came with Vista Home Premium already loaded. I
    > installed

    > > Office 2007, and uninstalled Home and Student version. Since then, red and
    > > blue dots appeared on the left bottom corner on the icons on my desktop.
    > > Microsoft and Sony did not solve the problem. Why it happened and how can
    > I

    > > get rid of them?
    > > Please help.
    > > Thanks,
    > > Ayla
    >
    >
    >

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  6. #6


    Mark Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    If it's an "icon overlay", you may have a program creating it. I couldn't
    find it "standard" as part of Windows.
    Are the "dots" on all icons, just shortcuts, just folders?
    Did they remain when you made them larger?

    These overlays are typically invoked by the programs running them and
    usually appear only in the tray:
    Microsoft versions (there are plenty more by third party software)
    Red dot - Stopped
    Green dot - Started
    Circled red down arrow - Disconnected
    Circled grey down arrow - Offline
    Yellow triangle with exclamation - Warning
    Red X - Error
    Red exclamation mark - Needs attention

    The following overlays apply mostly to shortcuts and not always to their
    associated file:
    (Folders will show them even if not a shortcut.)

    White background, black arrow - Typical shortcut
    Green dot with small yellow arrows - Offline file setup for synchronization
    Two tiny blue arrows circling - Win2000 Offline file overlay
    Grey X - Offline file placeholder, not cached
    UAC Shield - File requires elevation to run
    One little face - Shared file, specific
    Two little faces - Shared file, everyone

    Are there more? Most likely.



    "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:FCC40CE4-DC1F-4345-88A4-206DC8D079D5@xxxxxx

    > I have tried your suggestion Mark. It did not work-sorry. Thanks anyway.
    Ayla

    >
    > "Mark" wrote:
    >

    > > Use desktop properties and increase the size of the icons.
    > > You will probably find that these are not dots, but small Microsoft
    emblems

    > > indicating the file is running in compatibility mode. (Or something
    akin.)

    > >
    > >
    > > "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > news:E25EF470-A0F6-4D0D-A87B-E11F21A66124@xxxxxx

    > > > My Sony Vaio laptop came with Vista Home Premium already loaded. I
    > > installed

    > > > Office 2007, and uninstalled Home and Student version. Since then, red
    and

    > > > blue dots appeared on the left bottom corner on the icons on my
    desktop.

    > > > Microsoft and Sony did not solve the problem. Why it happened and how
    can

    > > I

    > > > get rid of them?
    > > > Please help.
    > > > Thanks,
    > > > Ayla
    > >
    > >
    > >


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  7. #7


    Ayla Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    Mark,

    Those are on some folders, files, some program shortcuts, not all. For
    example, Outlook 2007 has red dot, all the others are blue. My Document does
    not have, but when I open My Documents, all the files and folders in it have.
    I had taken the picture of my desktop. I hope there is a way to send the
    picture to you.

    Thanks, Ayla

    "Mark" wrote:

    > If it's an "icon overlay", you may have a program creating it. I couldn't
    > find it "standard" as part of Windows.
    > Are the "dots" on all icons, just shortcuts, just folders?
    > Did they remain when you made them larger?
    >
    > These overlays are typically invoked by the programs running them and
    > usually appear only in the tray:
    > Microsoft versions (there are plenty more by third party software)
    > Red dot - Stopped
    > Green dot - Started
    > Circled red down arrow - Disconnected
    > Circled grey down arrow - Offline
    > Yellow triangle with exclamation - Warning
    > Red X - Error
    > Red exclamation mark - Needs attention
    >
    > The following overlays apply mostly to shortcuts and not always to their
    > associated file:
    > (Folders will show them even if not a shortcut.)
    >
    > White background, black arrow - Typical shortcut
    > Green dot with small yellow arrows - Offline file setup for synchronization
    > Two tiny blue arrows circling - Win2000 Offline file overlay
    > Grey X - Offline file placeholder, not cached
    > UAC Shield - File requires elevation to run
    > One little face - Shared file, specific
    > Two little faces - Shared file, everyone
    >
    > Are there more? Most likely.
    >
    >
    >
    > "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:FCC40CE4-DC1F-4345-88A4-206DC8D079D5@xxxxxx

    > > I have tried your suggestion Mark. It did not work-sorry. Thanks anyway.
    > Ayla

    > >
    > > "Mark" wrote:
    > >

    > > > Use desktop properties and increase the size of the icons.
    > > > You will probably find that these are not dots, but small Microsoft
    > emblems

    > > > indicating the file is running in compatibility mode. (Or something
    > akin.)

    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > > news:E25EF470-A0F6-4D0D-A87B-E11F21A66124@xxxxxx
    > > > > My Sony Vaio laptop came with Vista Home Premium already loaded. I
    > > > installed
    > > > > Office 2007, and uninstalled Home and Student version. Since then, red
    > and

    > > > > blue dots appeared on the left bottom corner on the icons on my
    > desktop.

    > > > > Microsoft and Sony did not solve the problem. Why it happened and how
    > can

    > > > I
    > > > > get rid of them?
    > > > > Please help.
    > > > > Thanks,
    > > > > Ayla
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    >
    >
    >

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  8. #8


    Paul Randall Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop


    "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:28D2EC19-B062-4CEF-B897-F1494368ED5E@xxxxxx

    > Mark,
    >
    > Those are on some folders, files, some program shortcuts, not all. For
    > example, Outlook 2007 has red dot, all the others are blue. My Document
    > does
    > not have, but when I open My Documents, all the files and folders in it
    > have.
    > I had taken the picture of my desktop. I hope there is a way to send the
    > picture to you.
    If you access the newsgroup through a real newsreader, like Vista's
    replacement for Outlook Express, then you can attach things to a post and
    others can get those attachments. To minimize the size of a screen capture,
    edit it with MSPaint and select only a small area around the icon, copy it
    and paste it into a new MSPaint window. Save it as .png, then add .txt to
    the file name before attaching it to your post. .png is a non-lossy
    compressed format that is very efficient for typical stuff in a window.
    Adding the .txt extension makes it less likely to be rejected by virus
    scanners.

    -Paul Randall



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  9. #9


    Ayla Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    Paul,
    Thank you for your help. I edited my desktop picture, and saved as txt.png.
    as you recommended. Now, how can I attach to my post? Thanks, Ayla

    "Paul Randall" wrote:

    >
    > "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:28D2EC19-B062-4CEF-B897-F1494368ED5E@xxxxxx

    > > Mark,
    > >
    > > Those are on some folders, files, some program shortcuts, not all. For
    > > example, Outlook 2007 has red dot, all the others are blue. My Document
    > > does
    > > not have, but when I open My Documents, all the files and folders in it
    > > have.
    > > I had taken the picture of my desktop. I hope there is a way to send the
    > > picture to you.
    >
    > If you access the newsgroup through a real newsreader, like Vista's
    > replacement for Outlook Express, then you can attach things to a post and
    > others can get those attachments. To minimize the size of a screen capture,
    > edit it with MSPaint and select only a small area around the icon, copy it
    > and paste it into a new MSPaint window. Save it as .png, then add .txt to
    > the file name before attaching it to your post. .png is a non-lossy
    > compressed format that is very efficient for typical stuff in a window.
    > Adding the .txt extension makes it less likely to be rejected by virus
    > scanners.
    >
    > -Paul Randall
    >
    >
    >

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  10. #10


    Paul Randall Guest

    Re: red and blue dots on the icons on my desktop

    Hi Ayla
    In Vista's Windows Mail, right click Microsoft Communities(in the left
    pane), and choose Newsgroups....
    This should pop up a window titled Newsgroups Subscriptions. In the box
    near the top under the words Display newsgroups that contain: type the
    following: installation_
    In the All tab just below what you typed, one item should show up, this
    newsgroup,
    microsoft.public.windows.vista.installation_setup
    Left click that newsgroup to highlight it, and click the Subscribe button to
    the right, then the OK button near the bottom.
    Now this newsgroup should show up below Microsoft Communities in the left
    pane of Windows Mail.
    Stretch the Mail window wide enough to include the Sent column. Click the
    word Send in the column heading, and a little triangle pointing up or down
    should show up. Click again if necessary to make the arrow point down.
    Scroll down the list to 10/31/2007. Post if you have problems finding your
    message. Your original post should be the seventh one down on that date.
    Click the plus box to the left of the title, to expand the list of messages
    in response to your initial message.
    This message will probably be the only one in this thread with a paper clip
    symbol to the left of the title, indicating an attachment. I have attached
    a picture of an icon from my desktop that I produce with MSPaint, saving it
    as Icon.png, then adding .txt to the name, so it is now Icon.png.txt.

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more assistance.

    -Paul Randall

    "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:6E0B79A0-B210-43CE-BEAF-60421FBF640E@xxxxxx

    > Paul,
    > Thank you for your help. I edited my desktop picture, and saved as
    > txt.png.
    > as you recommended. Now, how can I attach to my post? Thanks, Ayla
    >
    > "Paul Randall" wrote:
    >

    >>
    >> "Ayla" <Ayla@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:28D2EC19-B062-4CEF-B897-F1494368ED5E@xxxxxx

    >> > Mark,
    >> >
    >> > Those are on some folders, files, some program shortcuts, not all. For
    >> > example, Outlook 2007 has red dot, all the others are blue. My Document
    >> > does
    >> > not have, but when I open My Documents, all the files and folders in it
    >> > have.
    >> > I had taken the picture of my desktop. I hope there is a way to send
    >> > the
    >> > picture to you.
    >>
    >> If you access the newsgroup through a real newsreader, like Vista's
    >> replacement for Outlook Express, then you can attach things to a post and
    >> others can get those attachments. To minimize the size of a screen
    >> capture,
    >> edit it with MSPaint and select only a small area around the icon, copy
    >> it
    >> and paste it into a new MSPaint window. Save it as .png, then add .txt
    >> to
    >> the file name before attaching it to your post. .png is a non-lossy
    >> compressed format that is very efficient for typical stuff in a window.
    >> Adding the .txt extension makes it less likely to be rejected by virus
    >> scanners.
    >>
    >> -Paul Randall
    >>
    >>
    >>

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