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How To Change System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10

How To Change System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons

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How To Change System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10

Icons are the key components of Graphical User Interface. The basic purpose of icons is to quickly identify and access files, folders or software from your desktop without going to the original location of a program or file where it is actually saved or installed. Icons are also called Shortcuts.

People change desktop icons for different reasons like some people want their desktop to be more colorful and attractive whereas some people find difficulty to identify programs or files when they are in large number or all have similar type of icons.

In this tutorial we will cover following topics:

  • How To Change Icons Of Default Desktop Icons 
  • How To Change Icons Of Desktop Folders
  • How To Change Icons Of Desktop Shortcuts

 

How To Change Default Desktop Icons

Windows 10 comes with 5 default icons i.e My Computer or This PC, User’s Files, Recycle Bin, Network & Control Panel. You can’t changes their icons by simply doing the right-click over them from your desktop rather they are changed from Windows Personalize section.

Follow these steps to change their icons:
  • Right-click on Desktop.
  • Click Personalize.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10
  • Click “Themes”.
  • Click “Desktop icon settings”.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10
  • Select the icon of which you want to change the icon.
  • Click “Change Icon…”.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10
  • You can choose from the available Windows 10 icons or You can choose any custom icon by clicking the “Browse” button. You can also download custom icons from various sites.
  • Once you choose, Click OK.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10

 

How To Change Icon Of Desktop Folders

  • Right-click on the folder of which you want to change the icon.
  • Click “Properties”.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10
  • Click “Customize”.
  • Click “Change Icon”.
  • Choose your icon from available Windows 10 icons or Choose your custom icon.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10

 

How To Change Icons Of Desktop Shortcuts

  • Right-click on the shortcut of which you want to change the icon.
  • Click “Properties”.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10
  • Click “Shortcut” tab.
  • Click “Change Icon…”.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10
  • If your shortcut is of an application other than Windows applications, let’s say a game or music player shortcut Windows might not show you the Windows icons.
  • If Windows does not show you the icons click the “Browse” button and open C:WindowsSystem32imageres.dll to load those icons. The path(Windows/System32) is by default selected you have to find and open the “imageres.dll” file only. Those Windows icons are contained in “imageres.dll” file.
  • You can choose your custom icon as well by clicking the “Browse” button.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10
  • Here you can see that those Windows icons have been loaded here.
How To Change The Icons Of System Icons, Folder Icons & Shortcut Icons In Windows 10
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Meer Basit is the founder of Meer’s World. He’s been running the show since launching the blog back in 2018. By background he is a computer scientist. Primarily, he creates content around blogging (WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr), SEO, affiliate programs, earn-online, reviews, eCommerce, & technology. He has got years of professional experience in web programming, computer programming, databases, data warehousing, & transcription. In general, he likes traveling, gardening, watching movies, is a passionate cricketer, creative writer, and a GSD lover.

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