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Visual Studio 2005 Toolbox Icons

I’m sure this is something I could fix given some time with my good friend Google, but time is something I don’t have a lot of, and the problem isn’t really that serious — just annoying.

In a nutshell, the icons in my Toolbox (VS 2005, not SP1) are “messed up” — they’re all the same icon (see picture on right).  Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing this?  Especially suggestions that won’t cause me to lose other non-default settings I have changed?

Update: It’s only happening on WinForms apps (web apps are OK), and it is only on three of the control groups in the toolbox: “All Windows Forms”, “Common Controls”, and “Containers”.


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    i have the same problem, but no result to fix it

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    Hi, I had the same problem. Right click on the toolbox, select ‘Reset Toolbox’ solved the problem for me.

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    Thanks a lot Aardvark!!!
    Very simple solution hehehe! I had the same problem for months!!!

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    Since I just started a new job, I actually don’t use that computer any more. But I’ll pass that fix back to someone at that company. Thanks.

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    It really sucks and I believe MS doesn’t give a shit about! Resetting the toolbox is not an ideal solution because you loose all your custom settings.

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    Thanks Aardvark! resetting it did the trick for me.

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    Delete any .tbl files in :
    C:Documents and Settings{username}Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftVisualStudio8.0

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