How to change the app icon in Windows Explorer when you have both versions of Storyline
First, a little background: There are two ways to open a .story project file.
- Open Storyline (v1 or v2), browse to the .story file and open.
- Open Windows Explorer and double-click a .story file.
- This approach will launch the version of Storyline of the *icon* in Windows Explorer and NOT which version the actual .story file was created (with both Storyline 1 and Storyline 2 installed).
I'm currently using *Windows 7 and recently installed Storyline 1 Update 9 and noticed the application icons in Windows Explorer changed from the Storyline 2 icon to the Storyline 1 icon.
First thought was to right-click on an icon and choose "Open with...", navigate to Storyline 2 .exe and we're back in business. Only, the .exe filename for both Storyline 1 and Storyline 2 are both "Storyline.exe" with no distinction other than their icons. Meaning, the Storyline 1 icon now shows for all .story files regardless of which version they were created in.
I use both versions with SL2 about 90% of the time and SL1 occasionally managing older projects. With the install of SL1 update, I'm not able to open SL2 project files by double-clicking in Windows Explorer due to the changed icon.
Out of curiosity, I tried something different. I was initially wrong thinking Windows will recognize the latest version of a software application, and that version's icon will show in Windows Explorer. Not the case.
Windows Explorer appears to recognize the latest *install* of a software application regardless of vendor version. Here are the steps I took to flip the icons from SL1 back to SL2:
- Uninstall Storyline 2
- Restart Windows
- Install Storyline 2
- Restart Windows
- Confirm SL2 icons now appear in Windows Explorer.
If you're having similar Battle Royale's with your *Windows 7 OS, it seems to be a simple process of ensuring SL2 is the latest recognized install.
*other version of Windows OS may behave differently.