Become a Better Researcher

Our research problems are unique and our genealogy software, to be useful, must be flexible enough to match our respective problems and our respective methods. The Master Genealogist is that software, but power and flexibility has a down side. The more options a program has, the more decisions the user must make. This year, the Tri-Valley TMG User Group will explore those options and make some of those personal decisions. Would you like to play along with us? Do each month's assignment, and if you like, e-mail it to us at: We'll post some of the completed assignments on this blog each month. Let's hear it for choices!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Changing the TMG 9 Desktop Shortcut Icon

The same desktop shortcut icon is used for both TMG 8 and TMG 9. For those of you who keep a copy of both versions running, this can be a little confusing. It's not a big issue, and there are several ways to avoid the confusion.
  1. Uninstall TMG 8. :-)
  2. Hover over the icon long enough for the tool tips window to appear, so you can verify to which TMG version the shortcut refers.
  3. Replace the shortcut icon with a different one. Note that this does not change any other TMG icon.
If you want to change the TMG 9 shortcut icon, you will first need a replacement icon. Here are some possibilities. Note that the file locations given here are those from my computer. Yours may be different. You may also need to change your computer's folder options to access these icons.
  1. Search your computer for files of this name: tmg*.ico. I had copies of the icons for TMG 2, TMG 5, and TMG 7. They were located in various folders, but all of them were together in this folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\The Master Genealogist v9\graphics.
  2. If you like one of these icons, note its file location and follow the step-by-step instructions below.
If you don't find an icon you like, create your own. I experimented with several designs and color combinations. For myself, I settled on this design - and I can change the color, if I feel like something different. (I'm currently using the green version.) You can download and use one or all of these icons.

Each of these links should open the icon image. Right-click on the image and save the file to a convenient location on your computer. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step-by-step instructions for changing a shortcut icon

  1. Right-click on the shortcut icon on your desktop.
  2. Select Properties (at the bottom of the pop-up window)
  3. This should open a dialogue box with the Shortcut tab open
  4. Select Change Icon ...
  5. Browse to the folder in which you have the desired icon.
  6. Select your icon and click Open
  7. Click OK
  8. Click OK.
  9. You may need to give administrator permission.
  10. Voila! You have a new - and unique - shortcut icon to TMG 9.

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