28 Feb 2016 Home » TechPosts » Sync icon overlay missing in Windows Sync icon overlay missing in Windows Posted in TechPosts By Dipendra Shekhawat On February 28, 2016 Post Views: 6,730 Facebook14Twitter12LinkedIn3Contents1 Sync icon overlay missing in Windows2 Warning3 Precaution4 Solution/Fix5 Good to know Information6 What do you think?6.1 Share with your friends! Sync icon overlay missing in Windows Howdy Reader, Sometimes GIT may not display sync icon overlays on files and folders. This includes the status for items that are syncing, items that synced, or items that did not sync. Note: A successful sync icon overlay contains a green circle with check mark, as shown in the following screen shot: Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method.These problems might require you to reinstall the operating system. We cannot guarantee that these problems can be resolved. Modify the registry at your own risk. Precaution Before you modify back up the registry. So that you can revert in case problems occur. Solution/Fix To fix the problem please follow the steps listed below carefully. If you want to have GIT icon overlays take priority over other applications then update the registry as described below. Update the registry to give priority to GIT. Priority is based on the alphabetical order of the entries. This will suppress other icon overlays from other programs, and some programs in future updates may re-suppress GIT icon overlays. To update the registry, follow these steps: (Assumption: you are running Windows 7 OS) Open registry editor. Click Start, type regedit.exe in the search box, and then press Enter. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation. Traverse to the following folder, and then expand it: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers 12 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers Rename the following registry keys. To do this, right-click the folder, select Rename, and then rename the folder. When you rename the folder, add a space at the beginning of the name.You may have to add more than one space to the beginning of the folder name depending whether other icon overlay providers have added leading spaces to their icon overlay names. Old Folder Name New Folder Name 1TortoiseNormal <space>1TortoiseNormal 2TortoiseModified <space>2TortoiseModified 3TortoiseConflict <space>3TortoiseConflict Here, number takes precedence over text after the space In this example, <space> represents a space in the renamed folder name. On the View menu, click Refresh to verify that the renamed keys now appear at the top of the list. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart your computer. I hope you are able to fix the issue after reading this post. Please comment if any further information is needed. Good to know Information Windows supports a finite number of icon overlays. If you have other applications installed that heavily use icon overlays on files and folders, such as Dropbox and Box, those applications take priority in displaying their icon overlays and suppress the icon overlays for GIT or OneDrive for Business. What do you think? Dear Reader, If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to email us or put your thoughts as comments below. We would love to hear from you. If you found this post or article useful then please share along with your friends and help them to learn. Happy Learning Share with your friends!Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:onedrive icon overlays, Sync icon overlay missing in windows About Author Dipendra Hey Reader! I am Dipendra Shekhawat, a full time software developer and part time blogger from Pune, India. I write about technologies like WordPress, ASP.NET, C#, JQuery, HTML, CSS, AJAX, WCF, Web Services. I have started this blog to share my knowledge and help others to learn. Related Posts Instagram New Features 2017 Adding RSS feeds to sidebar in WordPress? How to Run iOS Apps on Windows?