Number of ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am using 4 Cloud services (OneDrive, Dropbox, Google, and OwnCloud) and consequently have 27 shell icon overlays installed under HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Current Version/Windows/Explorer/ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers.

    If I install GIT or something, this number would be even higher. Is there a way to increase the number of icon overlays which are actually displayed on Windows 10?




    Saturday, October 17, 2015 4:15 AM


  • Hi,

    The number of different icon overlay handlers that the system can support is limited by the amount of space available for icon overlays in the system image list. There are currently fifteen slots allotted for icon overlays, some of which are reserved by the system. For this reason, icon overlay handlers should be implemented only if there are no satisfactory alternatives.

    Please check blogs here:

    What are those little overlay icons

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    Monday, October 19, 2015 6:24 AM