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Add option to disable icon overlays in Windows Explorer

Add option to disable icon overlays in Windows Explorer

StopMessingWithOverlayIcons
Helpful | Level 7

Please add an option to disable Dropbox icon overlays. It is so frustrating to remove Dropbox Shell Icon identifiers from the top of ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers list after each update! 

It is disrespectful to users to decide for them which overlays they need. 

I'm using TortoiseGit and I really need its overlays, they are useful and important for my work. Every time Dropbox updates I can no longer see status icons and have to go to Registry editor and remove newly added and USELESS Dropbox overlays.

I've seen dozens of feature requests from Dropbox users for many years but Dropbox pretends everything is fine!

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Can you change how overlay icons work in the registry?

stdedos
Explorer | Level 4

Please rework how your overlays work.

 

This image of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers is at the very least ridiculousScreenshot_2020-04-27_17-44-09.png

given that the Windows is limiting the available overlays to 15/11. (Yes, this image maybe does not make enough, since it's after I have modified this to fix my system; however, your developers will know how it appears originally.)

Re: Can you change how overlay icons work in the registry?

Jay
Dropboxer

Hi @stdedos, thanks for posting on the Community!

 

We appreciate any feedback about how to improve the Dropbox desktop application.


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Can you change how overlay icons work in the registry?

stdedos
Explorer | Level 4

That is more like a bug report rather than a "suggestion that users can vote on".

It's highly technical and very specific, half of the users don't even understand it.

 

I assume that was obvious enough.

Re: Add option to disable icon overlays in Windows Explorer - Status changed to: Needs more votes

Walter
Dropboxer

Hi @StopMessingWithOverlayIcons!

 

This idea is going to need a bit more support before we can share your suggestion with our team. 
 
I've updated the status to encourage more users to back you up! 

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Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Add option to disable icon overlays in Windows Explorer

StopMessingWithOverlayIcons
Helpful | Level 7

@Walter thank you very much for paying and drawing attention to my request!

Re: Add option to disable icon overlays in Windows Explorer

ytd
Explorer | Level 4

It is most important! We need it! Please fix it!

 

Re: Add option to disable icon overlays in Windows Explorer

NigDig
Helpful | Level 5

It would be a very good idea, but irrelevant for me as I stopped using Dropbox some time ago because of this very problem and now use other file sharing systems.

Re: Add option to disable icon overlays in Windows Explorer

nofish2
Explorer | Level 4

+1

Dropbox puts 3 spaces in front of their overlay IDs to make them 'the most important'. This is intrusive!

After every Dropbox update I have to fix my overlays again.

 

And agreed with the other poster, this is not just an 'idea' (aka feature request) as it affects functionality of other software negatively.

 

 

Re: Add option to disable icon overlays in Windows Explorer

johne53
Helpful | Level 5

I agree it should be for users to decide whose icons they prefer... In the meantime, I found this web page which describes a fix (if the conflict is between Dropbox and TortoiseGit). It worked fine for me but I still think Dropbox should fix this (or at least have an option whereby users can decide whether Dropbox icons are wanted or not...)

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