How to restore the previously displayed icons from older versions when using Reflection and InfoConnect Desktop 17.0

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  • 20-Oct-2020
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InfoConnect Desktop 17.0 or higher
Reflection Desktop (including Pro, for IBM, or for UNIX and OpenVMS) 17.0 and higher


With the release of Reflection and InfoConnect Desktop 17.0, there is new Micro Focus branding and user experience which includes new icons, along with a new fonts and session colors.  This technical article describes how to restore or revert back to the previously displayed icons in Reflection and InfoConnect Desktop which were available in version 16.2 and earlier.


New simple, “flat” toolbar icons were added to support a modern look and feel. While Classic mode default icons remain the same as older versions, Ribbon mode displays the new icons by default. There is now a Reflection Workspace Setting in the “Configure User Interface” section called “Use alternate icons.” This setting changes most of the icons to be the opposite of the default, so for Classic mode you can get the new toolbar icons and for Ribbon Mode you can get the legacy toolbar icons.

To specify whether to use modern or legacy icons:

1. Open Workspace Settings.

            The steps depend on your user interface mode.

                    Ribbon Mode:       On the File menu or the Reflection button (if using the Office 2007 Look and Feel), choose Reflection Workspace Settings.

                    Classic Mode:       On the Reflection menu, choose Options and then Settings, and choose Reflection Workspace Settings.

                    Classic MDI Mode:       On the Reflection menu, choose Options and then Settings, and choose Reflection Workspace Settings.

                    Reflection Browser Mode:    On the Reflection menu, choose Settings and then Reflection Workspace Settings.

                    TouchUx Mode:     Tap the Gear icon and then select Reflection Workspace Settings.

2. Under Workspace Settings, click Configure User Interface.

3. In the Configure User Interface dialog box, Under UI Preferences, select "Use alternate icons".
    The changed value is stored in the application.settings file in the AppData folder which can be deployed to other users.

4. Restart the Workspace.

Note:  The Reflection Ribbon, Browser, and TouchUx user interfaces display the modern, “flat” icons by default.  Conversely, the Classic and Classic MDI interfaces display the legacy icons used on older versions by default.  There are some icons which cannot be changed back to the old icons, like the Create New Document panel and any new features added to the Reflection Desktop 17.0 release and higher, which never had the older legacy icons.  A couple of examples are the actions for CommandCast and the icons in the new Macro Panel.