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Change the Deskbar logo or Trash icon

Contributed by: hirbie
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

[Editor’s note: This trick works with the Trash too, and presumably any system icon — to change your Trash icon, open the Tracker in QuickRes and drag icons from other FileTypes panels into the QuickRes icon editor.]

BeOS R5 comes with a programmer’s resource editing tool called “QuickRes” (/boot/develop/tools/experimental/QuickRes). After experimenting with it a bit, I noticed that opening certain system files revealed many familiar icons.

In order to change the BeOS logo on the Deskbar…

  1. Make a backup copy of your original DeskBar! (/boot/beos/system/Deskbar).
  2. Right click on /boot/beos/system/Deskbar and choose “Open With…” | QuickRes.
  3. Scroll down to the familiar BeOS icon in the list view and click on it. Below the list view, there should appear an Icon Editor quite similar to “Icon-O-Matic.”

With a little work, you’ll be able to make a custom icon to show all your friends!

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Go ahead and poke around in the QuickRes editor to see what else you can hack on, but be careful — the Deskbar is important!

Posted in Tracker & Deskbar


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