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    Change Folder Icon in Windows 10

    Change Folder Icon in Windows 10

    How to Change Icon of a Folder in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    11 Mar 2017
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    How to Change Icon of a Folder in Windows 10

    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to change the icon of a folder in File Explorer to any icon you like in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    When you change the icon of a folder, the folder will no longer show a thumbnail preview of its content until you restore the default folder icon.



    Here's How:

    1) Right-click or press and hold on the folder you would like to change, and click/tap on Properties.

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    2) Click/tap on the Customize tab.

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    3) Click/tap on Change Icon.

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    4) Browse to an icon library, click/tap on an icon, and click/tap on OK.
    Note   Note
    You can also find more icons at C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll. Also, if you have a custom icon pack you can select 'Browse' to find your custom icons and then apply them. However, once you have done that you shouldn't move the custom icons. If you do, the folder using the custom icon will go back to the default folder icon and you will have to go through the entire process again.

    You can click/tap on the Restore Defaults button and click/tap on OK to restore the default icon of this folder.


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    5) Click/tap on Apply.

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    6) And now you're done!

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    Thanks for reading!
    -Chuck



  1. Posts : 5,576
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       02 Feb 2015 #1

    Lots of good icons in C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
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  2. Posts : 16,450
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       02 Feb 2015 #2

    z3r010 said: View Post
    Lots of good icons in C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
    Thanks, John! I didn't know about those.

    I like these blue one's..

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  3. Posts : 14,889
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       02 Jun 2015 #3

    Good one Chuck! Might want to add a section for custom icons, using Browse, and once installed the Icon pack position should not be moved or changed, or else you have to redo everything.
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  4. Posts : 16,450
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       02 Jun 2015 #4

    Good point, Cliff. I'll edit it and see if I can add that in.
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 home 64bit
       12 Jan 2016 #5

    Didn't work for me


    I just acquired a new laptop running Windows 10 and am trying to change the icons of the folders in the StartUp "Program" folder so that they would stand out a little better. I used my admin account and followed all the steps listed above, but when I clicked on "Apply", nothing happened. The same basic windows folder icon remained attached to the folder. I also tried to go into Properties and capitalize some of the folder names, but that didn't work either. Looks like something is protecting them, but I cannot figure out what it is much less how to get around this blockage, Any suggestions?
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  6. Posts : 20,721
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       12 Jan 2016 #6

    Hello psbecker, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Items in the Startup folder would be shortcuts instead. Did you try different folder views to see if they show with a different icon size?

    If so, then please go ahead and post a screenshot showing this to see if it may reveal a cause.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...en-forums.html
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  7. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 home 64bit
       12 Jan 2016 #7

    Thanks for the quick and thorough reply. Unfortunately, I guess that I was posting too late last night because I did not explain my problem accurately. I used StartUp when I should have said "Start Menu" when referring to the folder name. Anyway, let me try again.


    In the the "Start Menu" folder -- "C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Widows\Start Menu" -- there is a folder called "Programs" that contains several folders that do hold the shortcuts for various programs on my system. It is these folders in Programs, not the shortcuts, that I want to change the Icon to something more definitive than the default folder icon. However, the system won't let me make the change. I go through all the steps including Apply, but when I am done, the original icon is still there.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Sorry for the confusion.
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  8. Posts : 20,721
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       12 Jan 2016 #8

    I'm not aware of a way to change the folder icons in Start.
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  9. Posts : 8,297
    Windows 10 Professional
       12 Jan 2016 #9

    Not possible, (yet!)
    (I'm workin on it)

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