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    Change Quick Access Icon in File Explorer in Windows 10

    Change Quick Access Icon in File Explorer in Windows 10

    How to Change Quick Access Icon in File Explorer in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    12 Aug 2018
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    How to Change Quick Access Icon in File Explorer in Windows 10


    Windows 10 replaced Favorites from previous Windows with Quick access. The Quick access page is the shortest route to files you've been working on and folders you often use. These are your frequent folders and recent files.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the icon for Quick Access in File Explorer to any icon for your account or all users in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:



    EXAMPLE: Default Quick Access icon in File Explorer
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    Change Quick Access Icon in File Explorer in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Quick Access Icon in File Explorer in Windows 10
    Change Quick Access Icon for Current User


    This option will override Option Two.

    This option will only be applied to the current user, and no other user account on the PC.

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}\DefaultIcon

    If you do not have a {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.

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    3. In the right pane of the DefaultIcon key, double click/tap on the (Default) string value (REG_SZ) to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Type the full path of the .ico file wrapped in quotes you want to use for the icon, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    The default icon is: %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-51380

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    5. You can now close Registry Editor if you like.

    6. If File Explorer (Win+E) is currently open, close and reopen it to apply.

    If the icon doesn't change, then restart the explorer process or sign out and sign in to apply instead.






    Change Quick Access Icon in File Explorer in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Quick Access Icon in File Explorer in Windows 10
    Change Quick Access Icon for All Users


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    If any user uses Option One, it will override this option for their account.

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. If you used Option One, delete the DefaultIcon key located below. (see screenshots below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}\DefaultIcon

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    3. Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}\DefaultIcon

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    4. Change the owner of the DefaultIcon key to the Administrators group.

    5. Change the permissions of the DefaultIcon key to "Allow" Administrators "Full control" of it.

    6. In the right pane of the DefaultIcon key, double click/tap on the (Default) string value (REG_SZ) to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    7. Type the full path of the .ico file wrapped in quotes you want to use for the icon, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    The .ico file will need to be saved at a location (ex: "C:\Windows" or "C:\Users\Public") that all users have access to. If it's not, the icon may show as a default folder for some users instead.

    The default icon is: %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-51380

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    8. You can now close Registry Editor if you like.

    9. If File Explorer (Win+E) is currently open, close and reopen it to apply.

    If the icon doesn't change, then restart the explorer process or sign out and sign in to apply instead.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. xTL's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit (1809) 17763.1
       12 Aug 2018 #1

    Thank you Brink for the tutorial :)

    This is how it looks for me atm, would love to change Desktop also but not exactly sure how to do it.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       13 Aug 2018 #2

    @xTL,

    You can change the value of the registry key below to change the icon of "Desktop" in Quick Access. You can follow the same steps in Option Two of the tutorial above for the location below to change it.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\DefaultIcon
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  3. xTL's Avatar
    Posts : 259
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit (1809) 17763.1
       14 Aug 2018 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    @xTL,

    You can change the value of the registry key below to change the icon of "Desktop" in Quick Access. You can follow the same steps in Option Two of the tutorial above for the location below to change it.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\DefaultIcon
    Haha, awesome, works perfect
    Thank you Brink!!!



    Btw is it possible to change these also ?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18282
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       14 Aug 2018 #4

    You're most welcome.

    The other question would be good to post in the Customization forum area.
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  5. xTL's Avatar
    Posts : 259
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit (1809) 17763.1
       14 Aug 2018 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    You're most welcome.

    The other question would be good to post in the Customization forum area.
    Done :)

    Thanks again Brink
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       14 Aug 2018 #6

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