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    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows

    How to Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows
    Published by Category: Customization
    05 Jul 2020
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    How to Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows


    By default, your personal Downloads folder is located in your account's %UserProfile% (ex: "C:\Users\Brink") folder.

    This tutorial will show you how to change or restore the default Downloads folder icon for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Change Downloads Folder Icon in Properties
    • Option Two: Change Downloads Folder Icon in desktop.ini file
    • Option Three: Restore Default Downloads Folder Icon in Properties
    • Option Four: Restore Default Downloads Folder Icon in desktop.ini file



    EXAMPLE: Downloads folder
    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder-1.jpg Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder-2.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Change Downloads Folder Icon in Properties


    1 Open your Downloads folder's current location (ex: "C:\Users\Brink") in File Explorer (Win+E). (see screenshot below)

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_location.png

    2 Right click or press and hold on the Downloads folder, and click/tap on Properties.

    3 Click/tap on the Customize tab, and click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_change_icon-1.png

    4 Follow the steps below to select an icon: (see screenshots below)

    The %SystemRoot\System32\shell32.dll and %SystemRoot\System32\imageres.dll files contain most of Windows default icons.


    • Click/tap on the Browse button.
    • Navigate to and select the icon library (ex: .dll) or .ico file you want to use, and click/tap on Open.
    • Select the icon you want to use, and click/tap on OK.

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_change_icon-2.png Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_change_icon-3.png

    5 Click/tap on OK to apply (see screenshot below step 3)






    OPTION TWO

    Change Downloads Folder Icon in desktop.ini file


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, copy and paste %UserProfile%\Downloads\desktop.ini into Run, and click/tap on OK to open that file. (see screenshot below)

    If you changed the default location of your Downloads folder, then you will need to substitute %UserProfile%\Downloads in the path above with the actual full path of your Downloads folder's current location instead.

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-run.png

    2 In the IconResource= line in the desktop.ini window, change the full path to the full path of the icon you want to use. (see screenshot below)

    If you do not have a IconResource=<icon path> line, then you will need to add it.

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_desktop.ini_file-1.png

    3 Click/tap on File (menu bar), click/tap on Save (Ctrl+S), and close the desktop.ini window. (see screenshot below)

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_desktop.ini_file-2.png

    4 Restart the explorer process or sign out and sign in to apply.






    OPTION THREE

    Restore Default Downloads Folder Icon in Properties


    1 Open your Downloads folder's current location (ex: "C:\Users\Brink") in File Explorer (Win+E). (see screenshot below)

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_location.png

    2 Right click or press and hold on the Downloads folder, and click/tap on Properties.

    3 Click/tap on the Customize tab, and click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_change_icon-1.png

    4 Click/tap on the Restore Defaults button. (see screenshot below)

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-restore_defaults.png

    5 Click/tap on OK to apply (see screenshot below step 3)






    OPTION FOUR

    Restore Default Downloads Folder Icon in desktop.ini file


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, copy and paste %UserProfile%\Downloads\desktop.ini into Run, and click/tap on OK to open that file. (see screenshot below)

    If you changed the default location of your Downloads folder, then you will need to substitute %UserProfile%\Downloads in the path above with the actual full path of your Downloads folder's current location instead.

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-run.png

    2 In the IconResource= line in the desktop.ini window, change the full path to %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-184. (see screenshot below)

    If you do not have a IconResource=<icon path> line, then you will need to add it.

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_desktop.ini_file-1.png

    3 Click/tap on File (menu bar), click/tap on Save (Ctrl+S), and close the desktop.ini window. (see screenshot below)

    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloads_folder_desktop.ini_file-2.png

    4 Restart the explorer process or sign out and sign in to apply.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. phrab's Avatar
    Posts : 876
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
       #1

    Hi Shawn:
    I tried both Option 1 & 2, but they didn't work. I'm wondering if thumbnails are on by default. In Option 1, the Downloads folder > Properties > Customize tab doesn't have an option to change the icon. I've uploaded an image.
    Change or Restore Downloads Folder Icon in Windows-downloadsfolder_properties_customize.png
    Is there still a way to change the download folder icon?Thanks in advance,
      My Computers

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,484
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello @phrab,

    Did you right click on the Downloads folder from your "C:\Users\phrab\Downloads" location?

    If you wanted to change the icon of the Downloads folder in "This PC" instead, then:

    Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  3. phrab's Avatar
    Posts : 876
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H2
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello @phrab,
    Did you right click on the Downloads folder from your "C:\Users\phrab\Downloads" location?
    If you wanted to change the icon of the Downloads folder in "This PC" instead, then:
    Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10 | Tutorials
    Duh. No, I didn't. And I didn't realize that there was a difference between trying to change it by actually going to my C:\Users\Phil\Downloads folder & right clicking the one I see in Windows Explorer under the C drive?
    Thank you again, @Brink
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,484
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    You're most welcome.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 (1909)
       #5

    Hello,

    I'm trying to customize my folder icons in Windows and I've come across this thread. I don't like the Downloads icon that has a folder on it together with the blue arrow.

    At the top, the Downloads icon shows only the blue arrow. How can I get this icon?



    On my system (Windows 1909), there is only the icon with the folder and the arrow at the exact same place. Also, the desktop icon above is contained in a yellow folder, on my computer.

    I hope you can help me. Thanks!
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,484
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hello @thisEffect6, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It appears that download arrow icon is no longer available in Windows 10 bu default.

    Hopefully, someone may still have a copy and can upload the .ico file for it here.
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 (1909)
       #7

    Brink said:
    Hello @thisEffect6, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It appears that download arrow icon is no longer available in Windows 10 bu default.

    Hopefully, someone may still have a copy and can upload the .ico file for it here.
    Hi, thanks for the reply. I've realized that already. Maybe you can help me if you can still tell from which version of Windows the screenshots were taken?

    It should be possible to recover the files from the correct version, if I knew which one.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,484
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    thisEffect6 said:
    Hi, thanks for the reply. I've realized that already. Maybe you can help me if you can still tell from which version of Windows the screenshots were taken?

    It should be possible to recover the files from the correct version, if I knew which one.
    I'd try version 1803 first.
      My Computers


  9. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 (1909)
       #9

    I found the explanation. There is no "solution".

    Brink said:
    It appears that download arrow icon is no longer available in Windows 10 bu default.
    The blue arrow download icon on its own was never available in Windows 10. It's simply the low resolution variant of the download icon with the folder. But, if scale is set to 100% in Windows Settings, the blue arrow icon is always displayed in the icon picker. If scale is set to 125% on laptops, the download icon with the folder is always displayed in the icon picker. But when applied, the icon is exactly the same, only dependent on the icon size in Explorer.

    I actually found multiple versions of imageres.dll from different Windows version, but the download icon didn't change. The explanation is just the scale setting in windows.

    Thanks for your help though!
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