I created a folder- "Utilities" - on my Vista desktop, to store often use shortcuts. I changed the standard "Windows yellow file folder" to a star icon.
Also created 4 sub folders under "Utilities" & changed all their folder icons to same star.
If I click the quick launch main "Utilities" folder w/ star icon, it shows the star (for a bit) in the task bar icon for the "Utilities" opened folder.
But if from that main folder, I click on any of its sub folders (all w/ star icons), which just opens the next folder in the same window, the task bar icon then only shows a standard Windows yellow file folder.
Here's the twist: If in explorer window, I browse to C:\Users\<current user>\Desktop\Utilities (where "Utilities," is the folder I created), and "Open" any of the 5 folders FROM THERE, THEN the task bar tab displays the stars. IOW, in this method, I'm actually opening a NEW explorer window for each of the sub folders - NOT going from one folder to the next (IN THE SAME WINDOW). As long as a NEW explorer window is opened, it displays the correct star icons.
How do I get the star icons I put on these "Utility" SUB folders, to show up on task bar tab (instead of yellow file folder icon), when I just CLICK the sub folders, going from one folder to the next, in the SAME WINDOW, NOT OPEN A NEW WINDOW for EVERY sub folder? I don't want 5 of those folders - separately - in the task bar, if they're all opened.
Tried applying the main folder's properties to all folders "like it", in Tools > Folder Options >View, but no go.
Tried all sorts of settings changes in View >Advanced Settings: checking / unchecking "always show icons," & many others related to folder or icon view. No go.
Doesn't matter if main Utility folder is opened from desktop or quick launch - same thing.
Other apps shortcuts that I copy to quick launch , show the same icon, on the task bar tab as is on the quicklaunch icon. BUT... they didn't start out as standard, "yellow Windows file folders" icons.
I know that's the problem. Normally, for apps - Windows pulls the icons to use for an app's task bar "tab" from that app's executable file.
BUT... since these folder started out as... Windows folders w/ a yellow folder icon, that's what Vista uses for the task bar tab -SOMETIMES.
I've tried different things w/ the ViewS menu options (show details, list, small icons, etc.) - none mattered.