No overlay icons 2014-09-01T12:05:35+00:00

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  • kaptabbles
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    I have Tabbles 3.0.47 installed (on Windows 8.1) and I see no overlay icons from Tabbles.

    Another application already uses overlay icons – a colour coded dot (Genie Timeline Pro 2013). Could there be a conflict with Tabbles?


  • Maurizio
    Post count: 100

    Probably the Tabbles overlay handler is working, but windows is not showing the overlay icon because you have other overlay handlers installed, with greater priority.

    Open registry editor, and go to the location:


    You should see a key named 000TabblesOverlayHandler

    If there are other applications before, they are getting precedence over Tabbles.

    This is a Windows limitation. You cannot have two applications setting an overlay on the same file. Only one can do that, the others are ignored by Windows. Which one will be able to set the icon, is defined by the order in the registry.

    You can either rename the tabbles key to gain precedence, or uninstall the other applications.

    Let me know if my diagnosis is correct.

  • kaptabbles
    Post count: 21

    I have indeed other entries in the registry, under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers:

    000TabblesOverlayHandler… (2 of them)
    0GenieTimeLine-… (5 of them)
    Offline Files

    (Preserving order)

    Too bad it is not possible to combine overlay icons, but understandable. It would become very crowded if all apps would add their own overlay icons to the same file.

    As an alternative, would it be possible to display the information whether a file is tagged in an additional column displaying in Windows Explorer?

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