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acpeter Hi!
I recently downloaded an eBook that was linked in an earlier thread (about cooking with coffee) Nice book! My wife loves it!

Here's my question. When I opened the book, it asked if I wanted to create a desktop icon. How is that done?

If you're going to explain it, please do it in a way that you would explain it to a three year old, ok? I get about the eBook stuff ok.. but step by step help (if possible) would really be appreciated.

Thanks inadvance for your help!


Posted on: 5:30 am on October 18, 2005
Storyman


When I opened the book, it asked if I wanted to create a desktop icon. How is that done?

With Activ open select the Icon tab. Double click anywhere in the large work area below. When the Icon window opens you'll see Installation Option with a down arrow. Click on the down arrow and you'll see the available options.

You can choose between N/A, Desktop, and Startup Menu. This is also the area where you can select the icon to use to represent your ebook.


Posted on: 4:25 pm on October 18, 2005
acpeter Thanks Storyman!
The help was perfect. Now I seem to have created another little problem.

I followed your instruction. It was simple (thanks ;-)
I got the box to appear as it should, and it placed an icon on the desktop.

Now, like any other good project, I had changes
to make, etc. Re built the book with the start up
request for an icon on the desk top, but it will not
ask again!?!? I cleared the icon from my desktop, not
sure if that matter or if it sort of 'knows' that there
was one there (WinXP seems to remember a lot
of stupid things that maybe it shouldn't)

Anyway, am I doing something wrong? Miss a step?
Like I said, it worked once... but I can't get it to
do it again. You help is appreciated!


Posted on: 1:56 am on October 19, 2005
Storyman acpeter,

From what you describe everything is working as it should. If you install most any program and it installs an icon to the desktop--and you then delete the icon--the program still exist even though there isn't an icon.

As with any program that has the icon removed from the desktop you'll need to re-create one. Open Windows Explorer (not IE) and navigate to the exe file for the book. Once you find the exe file right click on it and select Create Shortcut. Select desktop and you'll have your icon back.

Let me know if that helps.


Posted on: 4:18 am on October 19, 2005
acpeter Storyman,
Thanks again for the great help. After posting, I did a little investigation myself. Here's what I found.

Having installed the desktop icon when I opened the program (originally) like I said, it worked. I changed icons and the pages, etc., but when I recreated the book, it did NOT ask me if I wanted to set an icon. (even though I removed the icon and the old ebook).

Anyway, I went over to an old Win 98 machine and tried opening it there. It opened fine and DID ask to create an icon. So the short story is, if you have created the icon for the book once, rebuilding the book after mods and trying to test it ( on the same computere ) you do NOT get asked to create an icon.

Thanks for the details about making the icon from Explorer. I knew that. My point here was trying to be sure that the eBook would open the way I expect it should. It does... when you put it on a computer that it's never been installed on before.

Thanks again for your help! The new project is shaping up nicely!


Posted on: 5:28 am on October 19, 2005

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