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Konstantinos Tsoukalas

Konstantinos is the founder and administrator of Since 1995 he works and provides IT support as a computer and network expert to individuals and large companies. He is specialized in solving problems related to Windows or other Microsoft products (Windows Server, Office, Microsoft 365, etc.).


  1. TC
    May 5, 2022 @ 3:56 am

    It was setting the default icon in the registry that worked for me.

    I will add that I had been working with Shell extensions that provide functionality against Word documents and their icons. However, nothing in the Shell extension touches the registry.

    Updates had been installed which may have touched the registry.

    Most importantly, though: the directions in this article fixed the .docx files. After rebooting according to the above, only .docx files were corrected.

    The other file types required a path to be set, as well, where the value did not have one (i.e. "1%" or such was shown in the value of the registry key). Older versions of Word have the .doc extension.


  2. Khaled
    April 30, 2022 @ 4:07 am

    Opening with Wordpad and reverting to Word did it for me. thanks!


  3. Raja
    April 2, 2020 @ 8:22 pm

    I tried everything and nothing worked. I then noticed that another account on the computer worked corrected and it had a different sized icondb file. I tried copying that file but it kept getting overwritten by the bad one. I created a new user and the files showed correctly so I decided my profile was corrupt. I decided to transfer my files to the newly created profile and delete the other one.


  4. April Matusalem
    May 30, 2019 @ 4:37 am

    What to do if "Error Editing Value" pops up. i cannot edit the value data.


  5. Ankur
    May 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

    Thanks sir, it worked for me


  6. Fred
    February 7, 2019 @ 12:59 pm

    Great tutorial! Unfortunately, none of the 4 steps fixed my problem. So my last resort is to repair the Office installation. But before I do, I wonder if this fix will affect the Quick Access Toolbars I modified in word, excel and ppt. I put a lot of effort into personalising those toolbars and I rather not do it again, just to fix the icon-problem. Do you know if they will be deleted after the fix and/or do you know if those personalised toolbars can be backup-up and restored after the fix? Thanks a million!


    • lakonst
      February 7, 2019 @ 2:28 pm

      @Fred: I'm not sure, but I think that the personalizations will not be affected.


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