Make the icon overlays smaller!
In Windows Explorer the icon overlays when using List view or Details view (anything with small icons) is too big and you cannot see the icon of the file type behind it. Sugarsync and Dropbox have realized this and made their icon overlays smaller. Let's go.
Upvoted, the OneDrive sync icon overlays the 'Shortcut' arrow on a folder icon so that folders and shortcuts look the same. This is confusing. It would be ideal to allow relocation to a different corner or something to prevent this issue.
I started searching on google for a solution... and, saw this thread. I wish Microsoft listened to people's suggestions.
Conrad Kerin commented
Or move the icon overlay to the right
The OneDrive symbol overlays are too big (looks ugly on the Desktop) and they replace the shortcut symbol, so it's hard to tell if it's just a shortcut or an actual folder at this location..
I have edited the green synced icons on mine, 50% smaller with 50% alpha. More than enough to see that OneDrive is active and file is synced while being able to see the actual icon behind. This gives a much cleaner look to folders and desktop as well.
Unfortunately, I have to replace DLLs every time there is an update and restart OneDrive and explorer... bothersome for something so easy to fix on MS side.
This is currently driving me crazy! Over 25 years of iconography recognition and now I'm forced to look a the text? Please fix this.
Office 365 Japan Support Team commented
OneDrive の同期アイテム上のオーバーレイ アイコンの表示位置を変更できるようにしたい。
I want to control the display position of the sync mark on the OneDrive sync items.
OneDrive の同期アイテム上に表示されるオーバレイ アイコンが大きすぎて、Word、Excel などのファイルの種類を示すアイコンを確認しづらいため、オーバーレイ アイコンのサイズや表示位置を管理できる機能の実装を要望します。
Because the size of overlay icon on the sync items in OneDrive local sync folder is too big, I cannot tell icon types for files - e.g., Word / Excel / PPT... Please consider implementing new feature to control size / position of the overlay icons.
D. Rabin commented
Just started using OneDrive sync. The sync icon overlay completely obscures the icon denoting the file type in File Explorer, rendering it worthless. This has continued for over three years without MS addressing it?
seems nobody is actually testing new features at MS... else, they'd have noticed themselves that it isn't that useful...
Please! ... of course, just do it!
I should add that these icon overlays conflict with the shortcut icon overlays.
On Windows, when you create a shortcut to a file or folder, an arrow-shaped icon overlay appears on the bottom-right side of the shortcut icon.
When you sync this shortcut with OneDrive, OneDrive's sync status indicator replaces the shortcut icon overlay. It's not that it covers the arrow-shaped icon, but it replaces it.
Please look into this, as this really makes things confusing. The shortcut icon overlay is pretty much the only explicit indication of a shortcut.
This must be one of the simplest changes you will ever come across, right? Just do it and be done with it. Please
Please OneDrive team, listen to some feedback and make the bulging green ball smaller!
The green tick covers too much area of the icon, even on the desktop.
This size may have been ok on older resolution screens (windows 95/98 etc.) but with today’s larger screens and higher resolution users have smaller icons where this size tick covers most of the icon, my screen looks like a forest and can't differentiate between file types.
Detailed view is even worse, much better idea is to have the option to remove the green tick but automatically highlight files which are not synchronised like at present with the red cross, or as a minimum give us the option to change the size via scroll as per desktop icons.
Agree with the other comment below about hiding the MS Office document type.
Either make the icon overlays smaller, or move the sync checkmark to the lower right hand side of the icon instead of the lower left. Currently, it is covering up the only meaningful part of the icon that tells one MS Office document type from another.
agree with this suggestion.