Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows  

    Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows

    Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows

    How to Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows
    Published by Category: Customization
    07 Jul 2019
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows


    By default, your personal Videos 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 Videos folder icon for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

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


    EXAMPLE: Videos folder
    Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder-1.jpg Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder-2.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Change Videos Folder Icon in Properties


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

    Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder_location.png

    2. Right click or press and hold on the Videos 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 Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_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 Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder_change_icon-2.png Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder_change_icon-3.png

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






    OPTION TWO

    Change Videos Folder Icon in desktop.ini file


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

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

    Change or Restore Videos 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 Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_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 Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder_desktop.ini_file-2.png

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






    OPTION THREE

    Restore Default Videos Folder Icon in Properties


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

    Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder_location.png

    2. Right click or press and hold on the Videos 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 Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder_change_icon-1.png

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

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

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






    OPTION FOUR

    Restore Default Videos Folder Icon in desktop.ini file


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

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

    Change or Restore Videos 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,-189. (see screenshot below)

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

    Change or Restore Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_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 Videos Folder Icon in Windows-videos_folder_desktop.ini_file-2.png

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


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    I don't have a "Change Icon" button, or a "desktop.ini", now what do I do?
    I would try to copy everything in the notepad windows if it were in code boxes rather than images.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,779
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Honeycomb,

    Did you open your Videos folder from your "C:\Users\<username>" location?
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  3. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Home
       #3

    Brink, I get irked when [a library folder] gets loaded up as a "normal" folder, and when there's nothing to change or reset the icons with, other than create a new desktop.ini file with, the only other method is the old copy-paste method, which is copy another desktop.ini file from another library, and then tune it to the parameters you have it on, then saving it to the affected library without one.

    Well, I tried that, but it's still showing up as a "normal" folder, and I bet the ability to change the folder icons is a premium feature.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,779
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Go ahead and post a screenshot of File Explorer showing where you are trying to change the icon at.
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