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Desktop icons flickering when loading Opera

  • I seem to have stumbled upon a very simple solution to this, at least on my Win 8, 64 Bit Toshiba notebook.

    I always start up Opera via a long established Icon on my PC's Task Bar. Today I found a new 'Opera browser' shortcut on my PC in the folder: User/AppData/Local/Temp
    It doesn't seem to have special parameters or anything but, when I started Opera up via this shortcut, no flickering!

    I unpinned the old Opera Icon from the Task bar and pinned a new Opera Icon for the program. Now, whenever I start Opera from the Task Bar, it starts normally with no flickering icons. I do not know the details of the old startup icon.

  • @xpvb48 I try run with admin the desktop icon and no flickering. When I try to run Opera shortcut in this folder (User/AppData/Local/Temp) its flickring.

  • I have the same problem after updating to Opera 52... All desktop icons blank themselves and reload, just like after an Opera update.
    I tried on both my desktop and my laptop running Windows 10 1709.
    Maybe it is related to the autoupdater of something, but I cannot narrow it down. Hope it will be fixed though.

  • Just upgraded from .64 to .99 and still working OK from icon on taskbar. No flickering.

  • Got same icon problems after i upgraded from Opera 51 to Opera 52. Problems with refreshing desktop icon cache when starting Opera are not caused by hardware or OS on our machines. "Only" Opera is causing this. No other software. "Every" other application, browser, game, media... everything starts without refreshing icons on desktop. Only starting Opera makes desktop icons goes blank then restoring them when Opera loads.
    Please do not advice customers to upgrade their windows or drivers. If Opera needs some kind of special hardware or software configuration to work properly, than you need to point at it at your official pages, so customers do not download browser if their machines are not matching them. Thank you for understanding.

  • Same problem on Windows 10 Pro with most recent updates, latest NVidia drivers and Opera 54.0.2952.64.
    Any official comments from developers?

  • The problem still happens in Opera 55, that is the latest stable version?

  • I had same problem with Opera 55 and less (Windows 8 and updated drivers). There was slow Opera loading (about 1 minute) and taskbar icons flickering. Today I've installed latest Opera version and removed all files from path "c:/Users/MyUser/AppData/Local/Temp" - not sure it is good practice but there was over 4000 files and almost 2GB of usage. After that opera starts normal (in seconds) and there's no flickering icons.

  • I think I have found the ANSWER. The lnk shortcut that Opera still uses causes the problem (more like Windows' bug than Opera's though). To resolve this, you need to go to your installation folder, make another shortcut by dragging Opera icon to your desktop, or pin it to taskbar. Voila, it starts just as smoothly as ever.

  • @cottonfox said in Desktop icons flickering when loading Opera:

    I think I have found the ANSWER. The lnk shortcut that Opera still uses causes the problem (more like Windows' bug than Opera's though). To resolve this, you need to go to your installation folder, make another shortcut by dragging Opera icon to your desktop, or pin it to taskbar. Voila, it starts just as smoothly as ever.

    Agreed. As reported above 5 months ago! 🙂

    xpvb48 5 months ago
    I seem to have stumbled upon a very simple solution to this, at least on my Win 8, 64 Bit Toshiba notebook.

    I always start up Opera via a long established Icon on my PC's Task Bar. Today I found a new 'Opera browser' shortcut on my PC in the folder: User/AppData/Local/Temp
    It doesn't seem to have special parameters or anything but, when I started Opera up via this shortcut, no flickering!

    I unpinned the old Opera Icon from the Task bar and pinned a new Opera Icon for the program. Now, whenever I start Opera from the Task Bar, it starts normally with no flickering icons. I do not know the details of the old startup icon.

  • same here
    win 7 ultimate
    latest opera version

  • @xpvb48

    Hi

    That doesn't work for me. It is related to the link in <user>\AppData\Local\Temp though as indicated.

    Since that link ("Opera browser") is created by Opera itself on each start, this ISN'T a problem of windows.

    If I remove the link before any start of Opera, it starts normally. If I leave that link in the temp dir, no matter how I start Opera, it will case desktop refresh.

    Regards
    Seb

  • @seb17

    Strange...

    And I don't now even have such a link in my AppData\Local\Temp directory with the current version of Opera.

  • I've had this same "problem" too. I say problem in quotes, because it really doesn't hurt anything. The redraw process takes only a second or two. However, just for kicks, I did what [b]xpvb48[/b] said, and it fixed it. Unpin your current taskbar link, then repin a new one. I did mine from the appdata/local/temp directory, but I'm guessing it will work repinned from anywhere.

  • I just discovered a couple things. This isn't an Opera problem per se, but a Windows thang. When I open my ACDSee photo editor, it does the same thing. Also, the "fix" I did above only lasted a couple days. Now it's back. I'm not going to worry about it though, because it's such a minor deal.

    However, folks might find this interesting. I came into this forum searching for a different problem. After updating to ver 56, my bookmarks bar didn't highlight the labels when I hovered the mouse over them. But when I did xpvb48's "fix", it fixed that problem also. That problem has remained fixed.

    Just a heads-up. 😐

  • More on this...

    Noticed I was getting some icon flickering on latest versions of Opera (was 56.0.3051.43, just updated again) when started via the Taskbar. So I tried the usual trick of deleting the existing icon, went to the Opera program directory and tried starting directly from Launcher. Much worse! Slower start up, even more icon flickering.

    So I closed Opera, tried to create a Shortcut of Launcher in the program directory - my Win 8 PC wouldn't allow this but offered to put shortcut on desktop. (day to day I use my ordinary User account not the Admin account). Pinned new shortcut to Taskbar and clicked. Much better!

    Seems this may be a necessary bit of Opera maintenance following updates. Or, as mentioned above, is it a Windows issue?

  • I get this issue too but have noticed that if i start opera by clicking a pdf file (opera is set to open them) the icons dont flicker/refresh
    how odd.

  • @Ceedee

    • Close Opera.

    • Clear your temp folder "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Temp".

    • Right-click any Opera pinned icons in your taskbar and unpin them.

    • Delete any Opera shortcuts on your desktop.

    • Right-click any Opera icons in your start menu and unpin them.

    • Restart Windows.

    • Right-click "C:\Program Files\Opera\launcher.exe" and "pin to start". Repeat and choose "pin to taskbar". And, if you want, repeat and choose "create shortcut" to create a shortcut on your desktop (which you can then rename to "Opera" if you want).

    • If needed, right-click your desktop, goto "view" and make sure "auto arrange icons" is off.

  • I've seen this happen on a couple different programs now. I believe it's a skinning and/or "theme" problem. It appears as though when a program has it's own theme, that overrides the Windows theme, it has to redraw the icons, and possibly the borders. But I'm having a hard time consistently verifying that. I just know it isn't only Opera that does it.

  • It may not be the same for others but for me, using 64 Bit Win 8 on my Toshiba notebook, the simplest solution with a new version of Opera seems to be:

    1. Unpin existing Opera icon from Win Taskbar

    2. Go to Opera Launcher in Computer\Disk\Program Files (x86)\Opera\

    3. Create Shortcut for Launcher - if a User account, Win will offer to put shortcut on Desktop

    4. Pin new shortcut to Taskbar

    5. Use new Opera icon on Taskbar to start Opera

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