Customising the Different Image Files on Windows 10

  1. Posts : 64
    Windows 10

    Customising the Different Image Files on Windows 10

    Hello Guys,

    I am trying to customise the various image files (bmp, gif, jpeg, jpg, png, svg, tif and tiff) on Windows 10 and noticed the following:

    1. the bmp, gif, png, jpeg, jpg and svg files are all programmed to use the same icon. Changing the icon for one will result in the other image files using the same new icon; and
    2. the tif and tiff files cannot be changed.

    The way I do it is I use File Type Manager to locate the default icons key for each file in the registry and change the icon from there (this is because File Type Manager hangs whenever I try to change an icon using it).

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could go about:

    1. customising the different image files to use different icons for each one; and
    2. changing the tif and tiff image file icons?

    Much appreciate any guidance / advice.

    Thank you,
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  2. Posts : 260
    Win 10 Pro X64

    In the case of Tiff files and if I understand what you want correctly try this: create a folder in My Document or elsewhere on the OS drive and put the icons you wish to use for the different formats there. For Tiff go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\DefaultIcon and change the Default string value on the right from the path shown to the path of the icon you wish to use by Shift + right click the icon you want copy it as path then paste it as the new string value without the quotes. I haven't tried the others but I imagine you can do the same to other formats by going to their appropriate registry locations such as for jpeg go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\DefaultIcon or gif HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\giffile\DefaultIcon. Do copy and store in a notepad the original path before changing so can revert back if you wish and don't forget to restart your computer
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  3. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Hello ShimShom,

    Thank you for your reply.

    Do the icons need to be in the same drive as the OS? I keep my icons in a different partitioned drive.

    The other thing is I am actually looking for ways to change the other image files to use different icons, but I cannot at the moment because they have been programmed to use the same one so for example, if I changed .bmp file to use icon1, the .png, .jprg, .jpg, .gif and .svg files will also use icon1. So I need to find a way to change it so they can be customised to use different icons.

    As for the tif and tiffs, I'll try your suggestion.


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  4. Posts : 260
    Win 10 Pro X64

    You can probably put the icons anywhere you like but I find it better on the system drive as less likely to change location when moving stuff around. Some of them might be tied up to dll files such as imageres.dll but when I have more time I'll see if I can find out how to change them and post it here but some like png at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\pngfile\DefaultIcon can use the same trick so search for them in the HKCR part of the registry
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  5. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thank you, ShimShom.

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  6. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 professional 64bit


    If you are willing to go back to Windows Photo Viewer (instead of Windows 10's Photo app) I think you can have it your way, even though I have no Idea why this work. You can download a registry hack for that purpose here:

    How to Fix: Windows Photo Viewer Missing after Creators Edition Update |

    That's what I did a while ago, and after costumizing via Filetypesman I now have different icons for the images I use the most, i.e. PNG, JPG and GIF.

    This might also work for you.

    Best regards


    - - - Updated - - -

    Hello once again,

    I forgot to mention BMP image files. You can see what it looks like in my case here:

    Note: These icons don't change when I set Windows to not display the file extension names.

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